Steve Slides into Win at Suncorp Somerset Slugfest

Somerset Dam finally fished to its potential at a BASS Pro event, with dozens of huge limits weighed by anglers fishing the final qualifying round of the 2005 Yamaha BASS Pro season – the Suncorp sponsored event.
And Steve ‘Killer’ Kanowski steadily ascended the leader board from session to session, taking both the event and the prestigious BASS Pro Angler of the Year for 2005 with the one performance. His 6/6, 11.09kg bag eclipsed a fast-finishing Jason Ehrlich (6/6, 10.71kg) while Craig Simmons (6/6, 10.70kg), Greg Walton (6/6, 10.59kg) and Kerry Ehrlich (6/6, 10.44kg) filled the top five places.

Targeting breaklines in 30 to 40 feet of water, Steve fished a couple of confidence lures as close to the bottom and as slowly as he could. Both were Slider grubs fished on 5/8oz Nitro Dam Deep jigheads and he alternated between smoke/yellow core and Tennessee Shad colours.

“There was no speed that was too slow for the bass this weekend,” Steve explained, “and nearly every one of my fish ate the lure within a foot or two of the bottom.”

Slowing his drift in a stiff south-easter with a sea-anchor, Steve said that it was an event where anglers needed to be in the right place at the right time. The bigger bass tended to bite in bursts.

“I had a horrible practice day on the Friday,” Killer recalled, “I only got one bite all day, so I just went back to spots that had produced for me in prior events and it paid off.”

Steve’s tackle consisted of an Angler DCX 841 rod, Angler Stealth 2000 reel, 10lb PE braid and 12lb Yamatoyo leader.

Second placed Jason Ehrlich also finished the event with a flurry, jumping from the 29th placed boater after session one to 17th overall overnight and into second place after session three.

“This is the best I’ve ever seen Somerset fish in a tournament – the lake handled the fishing pressure incredibly well,” Ehrlich observed, “but I had a feeling that it wouldn’t be a bank bite this weekend – the winter’s been too warm to really bring the fish up. There’s been good schooled fish all winter.”

Jason also targeted bass on breaklines – the areas where flats dropped off into the old river bed – but most of his fish were caught in the 17 to 20 foot zone.

“My pattern revolved around the soft Jackall Mask Vib 60 in Pearl Ayu colour,” Ehrlich explained, “I’d cast the lure across the zone, let it sink to the bottom, and retrieve it with a series of hops – usually three or four hops in rapid succession followed by a slow roll of a couple of metres. The bass always ate the bait on the drop after a hop or slow roll.”

“I like the larger Mask as it sinks at a rate that bass like, and that’s when it got bit.”

Ehrlich added to the presentation by dipping his Mask in an old Berkley Powerbait bag with left-over imitation scales.

“It make it look even more real after I did that,” he concluded.

Ehrlich’s Jackall was attached to a 15lb Vanish leader, 8lb XDS Fireline, a 7′ Strudwick SoftBodz rod and Shimano Sustain 1500 reel.


NEW BASS BAG RECORD

Non-boater Ian Pfingst was sitting in 93rd place after the second session, but a record-breaking session three limit – including the Daiwa Big Bass of 3.00kg – propelled him into the non-boater top ten.

The 5.68kg limit easily eclipsed Gavin Dunne’s briefly-held 5.20kg record bag weighed at a recent BASS Electric event at Wivenhoe Dam, just downstream.

Ian landed the enormous pair on ice jigs in open water.

Stuart Fraser bagged the non-boater main prize with 6/6 bass for 9.83kg.


BASS Pro AOY DECIDED

The closeness of the 2005 BASS Pro Angler of the Year race meant that final results had to be calculated after the event, but Steve Kanowski’s top three finishes pipped the incredibly consistent Carl Jocumsen’s performance in a year where Carl didn’t finish out of the top ten at any event.

The award – to be presented at the Yamaha BASS Pro Grand Final at Lake Borumba – is Kanowski’s second AOY title. He’s the first to reclaim the award after losing it.




Yamaha BASS Pro Series 2005: Suncorp Lake Somerset BASS Pro Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW AOY
1 Stephen KANOWSKI QLD 2 2.41 2 4.5 2 4.18 6 11.09 100
2 Jason EHRLICH QLD 2 2.24 2 4.24 2 4.23 6 10.71 99
3 Craig SIMMONS QLD 2 3.38 2 2.86 2 4.46 6 10.7 98
4 Greg WALTON QLD 2 4.01 2 3.02 2 3.56 6 10.59 97
5 Kerry EHRLICH QLD 2 4.26 2 4.27 2 1.91 6 10.44 96
6 Carl JOCUMSEN QLD 2 4.5 2 3.83 2 1.93 6 10.26 95
7 Trevor STEAD QLD 2 3.54 2 3.02 2 3.55 6 10.11 94
8 Harry WATSON QLD 2 3.58 2 3.28 2 3.17 6 10.03 93
9 Stuart FRASER QLD 2 2.37 2 4.83 2 2.63 6 9.83 92
10 Glen BARKHUIZEN QLD 2 2.78 2 2.27 2 4.72 6 9.77 91
11 Dexter GRANADA QLD 2 2.99 2 3.81 2 2.89 6 9.69 90
12 Michael CLUTTERBUCK QLD 2 1.61 2 4.18 2 3.8 6 9.59 89
13 Tony MOTT QLD 2 2.94 2 3.59 2 3.06 6 9.59 88
14 Barry OXFORD QLD 2 2.87 2 3.63 2 2.98 6 9.48 87
15 Matthew MOTT QLD 2 3.04 2 2.74 2 3.62 6 9.4 86
16 Mike DELISSER QLD 2 4.63 2 4.31 4 8.94 85
17 Mark PERTOT QLD 2 2.84 2 3.8 2 2.23 6 8.87 84
18 Dave MANSON 2 4.33 2 3.73 1 0.68 5 8.74 83
19 David GREEN QLD 1 0.78 2 4.29 2 3.46 5 8.53 82
20 Bradley CLARK QLD 2 4 2 2.51 2 1.96 6 8.47 81
21 Michael WEGER QLD 2 2.78 2 3.54 1 1.83 5 8.15 80
22 Wayne BLUNDELL QLD 2 2.76 2 2.9 2 2.46 6 8.12 79
23 Graham SABINE QLD 2 3.24 2 1.83 2 2.88 6 7.95 78
24 Dan MALLORY QLD 2 3.38 2 2.46 2 2.08 6 7.92 77
25 Paul COOPER QLD 2 3.87 2 4.03 4 7.9 76
26 Ian PFINGST 1 0.97 1 1.23 2 5.68 4 7.88 75
27 Alan MCNAMARA NSW 2 1.9 2 2.6 2 3.37 6 7.87 74
28 Tim MORGAN QLD 2 3.79 2 3.97 4 7.76 73
29 Peter MAY Qld 1 0.55 2 4.59 1 2.46 4 7.6 72
30 Zach KRONK QLD 2 2.48 2 3.17 2 1.86 6 7.51 71
31 Wayne PARRY NSW 2 2.28 2 2.83 2 2.33 6 7.44 70
32 Mike CONNOLLY QLD 2 1.92 2 3.47 2 2.03 6 7.42 69
33 Kevin JONES QLD 2 1.45 2 2.51 2 3.45 6 7.41 68
34 Dan RYAN QLD 2 2.57 2 2.26 2 2.58 6 7.41 67
35 Michael STUBBIN 2 3 2 3.15 1 1.01 5 7.16 66
36 Stephen ALMOND NSW 1 1.87 2 2.12 2 2.96 5 6.95 65
37 Trent MANDER QLD 2 2 2 2.65 2 2.04 6 6.69 64
38 Trevor FOOTE QLD 2 2.39 2 1.97 1 2.17 5 6.53 63
39 Gavin DUNNE QLD 2 4.83 1 1.66 3 6.49 62
40 Paul FLEMING QLD 2 1.79 2 3.82 1 0.79 5 6.4 61
41 Michael STEWART QLD 2 2.07 1 1.19 2 3.01 5 6.27 60
42 David HISLOP QLD 2 2.41 2 3.85 4 6.26 59
43 Gerard BARTON NSW 1 1.9 2 4.34 3 6.24 58
44 Sue FLEMING QLD 2 3.06 2 1.81 2 1.32 6 6.19 57
45 Greg PARKES NSW 1 2.14 2 2.06 2 1.93 5 6.13 56
46 Adrian MELCHIOR NSW 2 4.16 2 1.91 4 6.07 55
47 Mal FAVAGER QLD 2 3.82 1 2.14 3 5.96 54
48 Peter MORGAN QLD 2 2.39 2 2.27 2 1.22 6 5.88 53
49 Mark CUTLER NSW 1 1.09 2 4.65 3 5.74 52
50 Alex PETROV QLD 2 2.66 1 1.86 1 1.11 4 5.63 51
51 David CAREY QLD 2 1.85 2 2.05 2 1.69 6 5.59 50
52 Simon BARKHUIZEN QLD 2 1.91 2 3.59 4 5.5 49
53 Kerry SYMES QLD 1 1.21 2 3.08 1 1.03 4 5.32 48
54 David MUDD NSW 2 3.39 1 1.8 3 5.19 47
55 Andrew PULBROOK NSW 1 1.65 2 2.42 2 1.11 5 5.18 46
56 Mark HARTWELL QLD 2 2.02 1 0.86 2 2.16 5 5.04 45
57 Baden SPARROW QLD 2 2.93 2 2.08 4 5.01 44
58 Scott DAKIN 2 2.82 2 2.16 4 4.98 43
59 Jos VANDEVEN 2 2.26 2 2.67 4 4.93 42
60 Peter KEIDGE QLD 2 2.02 2 2.25 1 0.62 5 4.89 41
61 Jason WEARE QLD 1 0.91 1 0.73 2 3.22 4 4.86 40
62 Nicole JOVANOVIC Qld 2 2.98 1 1.05 1 0.81 4 4.84 39
63 Scott MCKENZIE QLD 2 1.12 2 3.64 4 4.76 38
64 Kym ROBERTS 2 2.5 2 2.08 4 4.58 37
65 Colin SINGLETON QLD 2 1.86 1 0.78 2 1.89 5 4.53 36
66 Barry JACKSON QLD 2 2.11 1 1.14 2 1.21 5 4.46 35
67 Spiro ZANTIOTIS QLD 1 1.33 2 3.12 3 4.45 34
68 Peter JENKINS NSW 2 3.53 1 0.86 3 4.39 33
69 Steven BECHLY QLD 2 3.42 1 0.89 3 4.31 32
70 Ken MURRAY Qld 2 2.33 1 0.84 1 1.07 4 4.24 31
71 Chris JOWETT Qld 1 1.01 1 2.06 1 1.15 3 4.22 30
72 Matt FRASER QLD 1 0.78 2 1.95 2 1.48 5 4.21 29
73 Jason JOVANOVIC QLD 1 1.09 2 2.11 1 0.9 4 4.1 28
74 Chris ELDRED QLD 1 0.93 1 0.8 2 2.18 4 3.91 27
75 Roy SOUTER QLD 2 3.07 1 0.83 3 3.9 26
76 Mark MANDER Qld 1 1.58 2 1.6 1 0.65 4 3.83 25
77 Bob TOWN QLD 2 1.86 2 1.84 4 3.7 24
78 Gavin STICKLEN 2 1.79 2 1.83 4 3.62 23
79 Ian GALLOWAY QLD 2 2.38 1 0.95 3 3.33 22
80 Wayne GORDON QLD 2 2.73 1 0.57 3 3.3 21
81 Terry MCCULLOGH 2 2.56 1 0.64 3 3.2 20
82 Richard ROBSON NSW 1 1.22 2 1.77 3 2.99 19
83 Dave ROBINSON QLD 2 1.44 1 1.53 3 2.97 18
84 Vicki WINTER NSW 2 2.47 1 0.48 3 2.95 17
85 Phil BEVIS QLD 2 1.94 2 0.97 4 2.91 16
86 Jay MORGAN QLD 1 0.97 2 1.88 3 2.85 15
87 Greg FARRELL NSW 2 2.72 2 2.72 14
88 Christian SERNE NSW 1 1.6 1 1.11 2 2.71 13
89 Danny ROBINSON NSW 2 2.02 1 0.57 3 2.59 12
90 Ross MURRAY Qld 2 2.57 2 2.57 11
91 Tony PAYNE QLD 2 2.54 2 2.54 10
92 Natalie GRIMA NSW 1 0.98 2 1.56 3 2.54 9
93 Peter BOUGHTON NSW 2 2.53 2 2.53 8
94 Nathan SEWELL QLD 1 2.49 1 2.49 7
95 David YOUNG QLD 1 2.45 1 2.45 6
96 Bill JONES 1 1.39 1 1.02 2 2.41 5
97 Paul FOOTE QLD 2 2.25 2 2.25 4
98 Glen CASEY NSW 1 2.22 1 2.22 3
99 Michael BOYD NSW 1 0.88 1 1.23 2 2.11 2
100 Mark LAWSON QLD 1 2.09 1 2.09 1
101 Chris ELLIOT Qld 2 1.97 2 1.97
102 Brad SMITH NSW 2 1.96 2 1.96
103 Mike CREIGHTON QLD 2 1.93 2 1.93
104 Max FROST NSW 2 1.82 2 1.82
105 Bruce MOSS QLD 1 0.76 1 1.01 2 1.77
106 Dale MULLINS QLD 1 1.07 1 0.57 2 1.64
107 Cameron BALL QLD 1 1.61 1 1.61
108 Justin SCOTT NSW 2 1.56 2 1.56
109 Ian BLACK QLD 1 1.55 1 1.55
110 Ray SARGENT QLD 1 0.61 1 0.85 2 1.46
111 Dean MCLEOD 1 1.21 1 1.21
112 Glenn WHITE Qld 1 1.12 1 1.12
113 Brad HOLMAN QLD 1 0.9 1 0.9
114 Kristoffer HICKSON NSW 1 0.64 1 0.64
115 Adrian KAMPF QLD
115 David WARD QLD
115 Mick CLARKE NSW
115 Michael PASCOE NSW
115 Jason BRETT
115 Steve MORGAN QLD
115 Jarrod BURTON
115 Tony HOBMAN QLD
115 Steven MCDONALD NSW