Daiwa Hobie Kayak BASS Grand Final Final Results & Story

Chen Storms to Bass Win

Hobie Kayak
Tournament regular Jonathon Chen has come from behind to take out the 2013
Daiwa Hobie Kayak BASS Grand Final with 6/6, 234 cm limit relegating Daniel
Brown to second place on a count back.

Chen’s honey
hole over the tournament was a submerged flat across from Bell’s Bay. This location held small schools
of fish transitioning up the dam and continually refreshed during the session
allowing Chen to stay on the fish.

On day one
Chen’s lure of choice was a Fish Arrow Gillty blade rigged on a J Spin. Chen
would cast this across the submerged flat, allowing it to sink to the bottom
before giving it two short sharp rips then slow rolling it back to the kayak.

“I would
rip the lure off the bottom to attract the attention of the bass before
starting the roll back to the kayak, most of my fish came as I started the slow
roll,” said Chen.

Chen
returned to his productive flat on day two needing a kicker bag to take the
win. With only small fish biting on the Fish Arrow Gillty, Chen made a critical
change to a more finesse approach and used a Damiki D Grub in green rigged on a
Fish Arrow Wheel Head jig head.  Adding
to this Chen applied Red Garlic paste to the tail of the plastic.

He would
the cast his lure across the flat, allowing the lure to sink the bottom before
slow rolling his D Grub back to the kayak. Chen was on the money, securing the
biggest bag of the tournament with his 3/3, 121 cm bag.

Chen’s
tackle of choice was Pontoon 21, 7′ 6″ rod, matched with a Shimano Stradic 1000
reel spooled with 8lb Super PE and 6lb fluorocarbon.

“I’ve had
such a great kayak season in both the fresh and salt , I really have to thank
Searing Tackle for all their support through out 2013 and to Custom Lure Art
who have given me a competitive edge this year,” said Chen.

Brown Gets Down

Taree based
tournament angler Daniel Brown narrowly missed out on his third Hobie Grand
Final, losing then event on a count back to Chen.

Brown
specifically targeted fish holding on a large tree in 30 ft of water down from Bells Bay,
Brown believed that the location was holding both smaller transitioning fish
and larger resident fish.

Early in
the session Brown would use a purple TT Switch Blade rigged on a TT Beetle Spin
with a gold blade. Brown would cast the lure past the tree before allowing it
to sink to the bottom, he would then slow roll for 2 turns of the handle before
hopping the lure, then allowing it to rest for up to 30 seconds before
repeating.

As the
session became tougher Brown would move on top of the tree and switch to a
Jackall Ice Jig, imparting a slow hop and pause presentation to keep the lure
in the fish’s face as long as possible.

Brown’s
tackle of choice was a Daiwa Black Label 6′ 10″ 3 – 5 kg rod matched with a
Daiwa Certate 2000 reel spooled with 8lb Daiwa TD Sensor Braid and 10 lb TDR
Fluorocarbon.

Brown’s
pattern held up over the two days but he fell agonisingly close, “I have had
such a great year fishing, I have to thank Daiwa and TT lures for all their
support,” said Brown.
With the
2013 Daiwa Hobie Kayak BASS season, attention now moves to the 2014 season. For
all the dates and information stay tuned to www.australianbass.com.au

Winning tackle

Rod –
Pontoon 21 7′ 6″

Reel –
Shimano Stradic 1000

Line – 8lb
Super PE

Leader –
6lb Flurocarbon

Lure – Day
1 – Fish Arrow Gillty Blade rigged on a J Spin
            Day 2 – Damiki D Grub in green
rigged on a Fish Arrow Wheel Head jig head

Winning Edge

“By using a
longer rod I could cover more ground with each cast, giving the best chance to
catch my kicker fish,” said Chen.
 
 
 
 

Place Angler Status F1 L1 F2 L2 TF TL Prizes
1 Jonathan Chen Kayak 3 113 3 121 6 234 Lowrance HDS5
2 Daniel
Brown 
Kayak 3 120 3 114 6 234 Lowrance Elite-4 DSI
3 Brett Dinham Kayak 3 115 3 114 6 229 Daiwa Lexia 2000SH +
Prize pack
4 Glenn Hayter Kayak 3 115 3 114 6 229 Daiwa Lexia 2000SH +
Prize pack
5 Dave Mann Kayak 3 111 3 116 6 227 Daiwa Lexia 2000SH +
Prize pack
6 Alan Britcliffe Kayak 3 116 3 110 6 226
7 Scott
Baker 
Kayak 3 113 3 110 6 223
8 Peter Bostock Kayak 3 116 3 106 6 222
9 Richard Somerton  Kayak 3 108 3 114 6 222
10 Duane Macey Kayak 3 107 3 114 6 221
11 Anthony Correnti Kayak 3 107 3 111 6 218
12 Mick Skinner Kayak 3 115 3 100 6 215
13 Scott
Lovig 
Kayak 3 111 3 95 6 206
14 Richard Robson Kayak 3 110 2 75 5 185
15 Bernard Austin Kayak 2 69 3 100 5 169
16 Mark Muggleton Kayak 3 107 1 36 4 143
17 Peter Woods Kayak 3 115     3 115
18 Michelle Carmody Kayak 2 74 1 39 3 113
19 Ed Harrison Kayak 0 0 3 108 3 108
20 Scott Bryant Kayak 3 107     3 107
21 Ben Davidson Kayak 3 102     3 102
22 Mark McKay Kayak 0 0 0 0 0 0