Daiwa Hobie Lake McDonald BASS Qualifier

John Noble
has taken out his first Daiwa-Hobie Kayak BASS Series victory with an
impressive 3/3, 131cm limit, while Mark McKay secured second place with a 3/3, 126cm
bag.

Noble
travelled up the dam to a section known as the Three Ways. Using his local knowledge of
the dam, Noble targeted fish holding in the creek bed adjacent to weed beds in
four meters of water. Noble would position the nose of his kayak into the wind
and cast up the creek bed allowing the wind to slowly push him down the
channel.

 
“I
positioned the nose of the kayak into the wind to allow me to slow my drift by
slowly pedalling into the wind, this allowed me to sit on the fish for as long
as possible”, said Noble.

Once in
position Noble would cast up the channel and then allow his Jackall TN60 in
brown dog to sink to the bottom before imparting a short slow hop off the
bottom. Noble would then let the lure flutter back to the bottom before
allowing it to rest for two to five seconds.

 “The fish
where scattered through out the channel so it was just a case of working over
the area methodically to get the bites”, said Noble.

 Noble’s
tackle of choice was a Shimano Raider 3 – 6 kg baitcaster matched with a Daiwa
Sol 103 reel spooled with 10lb Fins braid and 12lb FC Rock fish leader.
 

“I used a
baitcaster for this style of fishing as I fell it gives me better control over
the lure as I work it across the bottom”, said Noble.
 

Noble’s
victory was from the Hobie that his father won at the 2011 Boondooma Dam Bass
Pro Grand Final.
 

“It was
great to get out on my home water way and come away with the win. I am looking
forward to the Maroon event and then fishing Toonumbar for the first time for
the Grand Final”, said Noble.  

 
McKay Starts career in Second.

 
ABT first
timer Mark McKay almost had the perfect start to his tournament career taking
out second place with a 3/3, 126cm limit.

 McKay also
travelled up the lake to the area known as the three ways, targeting fish in
the same area as Noble. Rather than slowly fishing the area McKay opted to
cover more ground by casting up wind and slowly rolling his Jackall TN60 in doragon
colour across the bottom.

 
McKay would
occasionally pause the lure to ensure it stayed as close to the bottom as
possible. With his pattern slowing down late in the session McKay went to a
smaller profile fishing an Evergreen Little Max blade in clown colour to
continue catching fish.

 
“I got all
my bites as the lure bumped across the bottom, once I worked out the pattern it
was just a process of cast out and repeat”, said McKay.

McKay’s
tackle of choice for the event was a Shimano Sonic Pro 7ft rod matched with a
Daiwa Exceler 2500 reel spooled with 10lb PRT braid and 10lb Vanish 10lb
fluorocarbon.

 
The Daiwa-Hobie
Kayak BASS series now heads to Maroon Dam for the final qualifying event of the
2013 Daiwa Hobie Kayak BASS Series on the 24th of August, which is
sure to be a bass filled event. For information on any ABT BASS events head to www.australianbass.com.au  

Hog’s Breath Boss Hog

 
John Noble
took out the Hog’s Breath Boss Hog on his way to victory with a quality 45 cm Lake McDonald
bass. The fish came late in the session and help push Noble’
s bag over
the line and into first place.
 

Winning Tackle

Rod –
Shimano Raider (baitcaster) 3 – 6 kg

Reel –
Daiwa Sol 103

Line – 10lb
Fins braid

Leader – 12
FC Rock Fish

Lure –
Jackal TN60 in brown dog
 

Winning notes
 

I
positioned the nose of the kayak into the wind to allow me to slow my drift
down by slowly pedalling, this allowed me to sit on the fish for as long as
possible”, said Noble.
 

Place Angler State Status TF TL Prizes
1 John Noble QLD   3 131 $375 + EcoGear,
Atomic, Berkley, Strike Pro & Hobie Prize Pack + Boss Hog (45)
2 Mark McKay QLD   3 126 $275
+ EcoGear, Atomic, Berkley, Strike Pro & Hobie Prize Pack 
3 Scott Bryant QLD   3 123 $175 + EcoGear,
Atomic, Berkley, Strike Pro & Hobie Prize Pack (BB – 44)
4 Dave Mann NSW   3 123 $150 + EcoGear,
Atomic, Berkley, Strike Pro & Hobie Prize Pack (BB 1st 42)
5 Alan Britcliffe QLD   3 123 $125 + EcoGear,
Atomic, Berkley, Strike Pro & Hobie Prize Pack (BB 2nd 42)
6 Mick Skinner NSW   3 112 $100 + EcoGear,
Atomic, Berkley, Strike Pro & Hobie Prize Pack
7 Denis Shaw QLD   3 111 $80
8 Remi Hagge QLD   3 110 $80
9 Michael Rowswell QLD   3 108  
10 Jim Barry NSW   3 99  
11 Ben
Davidson 
ACT   2 85  
12 Bernard Austin NSW   2 73  
13 Paul McClymont QLD   2 67  
14 Peter Bostock NSW   2 62  
15 Paul Badenoch QLD   1 43  
16 Andrew Woods QLD   1 41  
17 Jordan Garnsworthy QLD   1 39  
18 Daniel Kopacz QLD   1 37  
19 Brett Gough QLD   1 36  
20 Anthony Corretti QLD   0 0  
21 Bill Woods NSW   0 0  
22 Brian Rutledge NSW   0 0  
23 Chris
Grey 
QLD   0 0  
24 Dean Boyce NSW   0 0  
25 Dexter Granada QLD   0 0  
26 Duane Macey NSW   0 0  
27 Jay
Wruck 
QLD   0 0  
28 Mal
Grey 
QLD   0 0  
29 Marne Prinsloo QLD   0 0  
30 Michael Robinson QLD   0 0  
31 Nigel Middleton QLD   0 0  
32 Paul Holmberg QLD   0 0  
33 Paul O-leary NSW   0 0  
34 Peter Woods NSW   0 0  
35 Phil Pluis QLD   0 0  
36 Ray Sweeny QLD   0 0  
37 Scott Sandilands QLD   0 0  
38 Sel McLennan QLD   0 0  
39 Steven Riding QLD   0 0  
40 Wendy Sandilands QLD   0 0  
41 Will Lee QLD   0 0  
42 Kyn
Wright 
QLD   0 -0.1