Carl Jocumsen, 6/6, 6.79kg, has secured victory in the fourth and final BASS Pro round of the year at Lake Glenbawn, 21-22 August. In securing the win, Jocumsen claimed his third BASS Pro AOY crown, again demonstrating that he is the man to beat when it comes to bass fishing.
“The AOY was one of my major goals for the season.
“Returning to Glenbawn to contest the Grand Final is exciting. I am going to take it as it comes, and go out and enjoy myself. Having achieved this win, I feel relaxed and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to fish against the best bass anglers in the country”.
Jocumsen targeted a point half-way up the dam before finding a section of productive bank that produced fish throughout the remainder of the tournament. Jocumsen explains his approach, “I fished a point with littered timber that was about 20ft deep. The bass were active on the edge but once I had caught two fish the bite disappeared, and there were no more fish on the sounder, so I moved to my next location.”
“The section of bank I targeted for the majority of the tournament was 100-150m long. The bank tapered off into deeper water with a number of stepped areas in-between. Initially it was an edge bite with the bass readily taking an Ecogear 3” Power Shad in eel colour rigged on a 1/4oz Nitro dam deep jighead.
“In the second session there were no bites in the shallows, so I came out a little deeper and the fish were sitting on the drop-off areas. The key to this location was having schooled fish in the deeper water that would travel into the shallows to feed. This allowed the spot to be replenished throughout the tournament, and with location management I was able to get my fish each session”.
“My decision to stay at the location meant I was going to live and die on the bank. The shallows were quiet in the final session, so I traveled out deeper to the secondary drop-off. Rather than casting towards the bank, I began casting parallel to the bank. Six fish in six casts was the result, and in the end it proved to be the difference”.
“The lure technique was a slow wind with the odd twitch. The key was the lure position in relation to the bottom. Keeping the lure in the zone via feel, maximised the bite opportunity”.
Jocumsen’s out fit consisted of an 7’3” Ian Miller bass buster long cast rod teamed with a Shimano Stella 1000 reel spooled with 3lb Stren Microfuse and 6lb Unitika fluorocarbon leader.
Wayne Reed, 6/6, 6.53kg, secured his second runners-up cheque for 2010. On day one Reed fished edges near the area known as the Boot. Casting to edges in 15ft of water, Reeds go-to presentation was a 3” Berkley Powerbait bass minnow in watermelon colour rigged on a TT 1/8oz jighead. When the bites slowed Reed travelled to another location near the Spit. By resting and rotating the locations, Reed kept in touch with the leaders all tournament and only fell 260g short of Jocumsen’s winning weight.
On day two Reed also targeted standing trees in creek areas. Reed explains his choice of lure, technique and interpreting sounder images, “Where the water was darker, I chose darker lure colours. The same with lighter colours for clearer water. The retrieve was slow with sporadic hops. By monitoring the sounder I could see what the bass were doing. Basically if the fish were sitting mid water or flatlining on the bottom the opportunity to hookup was increased. If the fish were flatlining just off the bottom then the activity was generally quiet”.
Reeds outfit consisted of a 7’6” Duffrod flats 1-3kg rod teamed with a Daiwa Steez 2508 rigged with Rovex Viros 6lb line in dark green colour and approx a rod and a half length of 6lb Sunline leader.
Karen Fontaine, 5/6, 5.75kg, left her run until late, but a solid final session saw her take out first place in the Non-Boater division. Fishing with Carl Jocumsen on day one and Will Louden on day two, Fontaine kept in touch with the leaders all tournament, then delivered the biggest bag of day two to edge out Josh Carpenter by 110g.
“Having qualified for my first bass Grand Final on the back of this result is amazing. The atmosphere and opportunity to fish against all the qualifiers is great. Just getting out there and competing in tournaments is fun, let alone all the techniques and information you can learn. I am excited about the opportunity and can’t wait to get back to Glenbawn in a couple of weeks”.
Fontaine’s outfit consisted of a 7” St Croix Legend rod teamed with a Shimano Stradic 1000 reel spooled with 11lb Varivas braid and 2 meters of 6lb Yamatoyo fluorocarbon leader.
Berkley Pro Mark Mangold took out the overall Big Bass honours with his second session effort of 2.32kg. Caught on a Berkley 3” Minnow Grub in camo colour rigged on a 1/16oz No 1 Nitro bream pro jighead, the bass fell around 3pm as Mangold was hopping the lure down a bank in around 6ft of water.
“As I was hopping the lure down the bank the fish hit. The line was coming off the reel quickly, and I had to maneuver myself from the front to back of the boat to keep the pressure and angle on the fish. Having only 4lb leader I knew I was going to have to take my time, and when the fish dived deep into weed in 12ft of water the challenge was on,” said Mark.
The ABT now looks to the season ending BASS Grand Final at Lake Glenbawn, September 18-19. Invites have been sent to all boater and non-boater qualifiers.
For further event information visit www.australianbass.com.au or phone ABT (07) 3387 0888.
|1||Carl JOCUMSEN||6/6||6.79||$2,700 + $600|
|7||Mark MANGOLD||4/6||5.50||$625 + $500|
Non Boater Results