Here’s the results from the just completed Grand Final.
Press release and photos to follow soon.
Matthew Mott captures Yamaha BASS Pro crown
Matthew Mott, a 34 year-old Murgon Fishing Guide was the seventh angler to capture the allusive BASS Pro title by claiming victory in the seasonâ€™s ultimate event, the Yamaha BASS Pro Grand Final.
Compiling a 6/6, 7.64kg bag for three sessions of fishing and two days of competition, Mott outclassed the rest of the tightly packed field, to secure victory over 1999 Grand Final Winner, and event runner-up Harry Watson of Boonah.
Mottâ€™s consistency over the weekend saw him positioned in 8th place after session one, 1st after session two, and still 1st at the end of the third and final session.
With a winning margin of 70 grams over second place, Mottâ€™s narrow victory was testimate to the consistent fishing on offer and the depth of the fishing talent competing.
Equally as consistent in second place was Harry Watson (6/6, 7.57kg), followed by Gavin Dunne (6/6, 7.16kg), Wayne Parry (6/6, 7.16kg), Barry Oxford (6/6, 6.96kg), Carl Jocumsen (6/6, 6.67kg), followed by the 2005 BASS Pro Angler of the Year, Nicole Jovanovic in 7th place (6/6, 6.38kg).
Cracking the pattern during the Thursday prefish, Mott found the hot-spot to be an area about the size of half a football located in the Yabba Creek arm of the dam.
â€œIt was a fairly shallow area, ranging between about 3-5 feet in depthâ€, Mott explained.
â€œIt had a combination of flooded trees, and shallow weed beds scattered throughout, and it was here that Wayne Parry and I found the fish on Thursdayâ€, he added.
And it was here that Mott remained for the majority of the final, consistently adding fish to his livewell over the two days of competition.
With a Jackall TN-60 (colour- gold and black), and a 5/8 oz Smak spinnerbait (colour- purple and gold) as his lures of choice, Mott plied the waters as thoroughly and methodical as possible.
The louder of the two he presented with a fast burning retrieve, working it quickly across the top of the flooded vegetation and rapidly past the edge of the timbered structure.
The â€˜eat it, or miss outâ€™ retrieve provided the bass with a small window of opportunity to hit the lure, making for sudden and aggressive takes of the lure.
â€œThe bass took the lure as hard and as violent as any bass Iâ€™ve caughtâ€, Mott explained.
â€œIt was real hand to hand combat stuff, and around the tree it was real heart in mouth stuff at timeâ€, he added.
When the bite declined and the bass became less inclined to respond to a fast aggressive retrieve, Mott modified his attack, utilising a Smak Spinnerbait to present a slower, more â€˜in your faceâ€™ offering to tempt his growingly lure shy quarry.
Mottâ€™s choice of tackle used to deliver his win included a choice of two rods, both from the Black Diamond stable. His Jackall outfit was comprised of a 6â€™6â€, 4-7kg, Jigcast rod, Daiwa TDZ 103 reel, spooled with 10lb Stealth mainline, and 20lb Vanish flurocarbon leader.
While the setup used to present his spinnerbait included a Black Diamond, 6â€™6â€, 3-6kg, rod, a Daiwa Millionaire 203-CVZ reel, 20lb Stealth mainline, and 20lb Vanish flurocarbon leader.
When quiz post victory about the biggest win of his BASS fishing career Mott, attested much of his success to the support and generosity of his friends on the tour.
â€œThe social aspect and the sharing of information is what makes these tournaments as good as they areâ€, Mott explained.
â€œWayne â€˜New Guyâ€™ Parry was integral to my success this weekend. He shared with me what he learnt during the Thursday prefish and offered to let me fish the spot where he found fish. I canâ€™t thank him enough for his generosityâ€, Mott concluded.
For Mott the win provided him with his greatest tournament reward to date, including a Blue Fin Warrior boat, Yamaha 60hp, 4 stroke outboard, Special Trailers trailer, MotorGuide electric motor, Eagle sounders, a state of the art Guest onboard charger, and the much coveted BASS Grand Final Champion Trophy.
Naming Sponsors- Yamaha, Blue Fin Boats.
Series and Associate Sponsors- MotorGuide, Eagle, Special Trailers, Daiwa, Suncorp, Angler Rods, Atomic, Platil, Berkley, Ecogear, Gladiator, Nitro Jigheads, Mako, Millerods, Jackall Bros., Mojo, Pflueger, Shimano, Strudwick, Yamatoyo, Squidgies, TT Lures, Rapala, EvaKool, Mossops.