Heavy rain was forecast and arrived in buckets full at the forth round of the Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Series on the Tweed River, 5 December 2010.
Clear skies at the pre-event briefing gave way to heavy clouds and eventually pouring rain for the 26 angler field. The Tweed lived up to its reputation; it delivered plenty of fish for anglers but they struggled to find legal sized specimens for the weighmaster.
In the end it was Hobie employee Greg Lewis (3/3, 1.47kg) who managed the conditions and the bite the best to claim his third Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak event win. Not far off the pace was event runner-up Bob Boss (3/3, 1.265kg), with the Eumundi breamer securing second place in only his second event.
Victory belonged to Lewis with the southern NSW tournament addict turning a less than perfect prefish into a red hot tournament-day topwater bite.
I went down river on the Saturday and caught nothing and found the deep water and fast current hard to fish and hold position in,” said Lewis.
Switching tact on tournament day Lewis headed upriver and fished the mangrove edges between Fingal and Chinderah, and the Chinderah flats.
“I started out on topwater early then changed to a crankbait once I was on the flats,” said Lewis.
Making his first cast within eyesight of the start line Lewis threw an Atomic K9 Pup stickbait in ghost gill colour and worked it with a walk-walk-pause retrieve.
“It was raining heavy making it hard to see the lure on the surface, so rather than looking for a fish as it took the lure off the surface you just waited for the rod to load up to let you know that there was a fish there,” said Lewis.
The approach was spot on and delivered Lewis his first legal at 7.20am, the second at 7.30am and the third at 8.00am. Plenty more fish were to come on the K9, but it wasn't until he hit the Chinderah flats that he was to catch the kicker fish in his bag that would deliver him victory.
“The big fish came towards the end of the session and came on a Daiwa crankbait as it was being wound slowing across the flat,” said Lewis.
Weighing 800g Lewis’ upgrader value added his first place winnings with the fish claiming the $100 Boss Hog Prize.
Lewis used two outfits to catch his tournament winning fish, one for his topwaters and the other for his crankbaits. The topwater outfit was comprised of a Millerods XF rod, Shimano Stella 1000 reel, 10lb Castaway braid, and 3lb Unitika Silver Thread fluorocarbon leader. The crankbait outfit was made up of a Millerods Longcast rod, Shimano Stella 1000 reel and 3lb Unitika Silver Thread fluorocarbon fished straight through.
Having written off the Tweed as a bream location after his ordinary prefish Lewis now loves the place and can't wait to get back and have another go at its topwater and crankbait loving bream.
For event runner up Bob Boss is was a perfect first trip to the Tweed with the Sunshine Coast angler fishing the Chinderah flats with Atomic Crank 38s to catch his fish. Fishing only his second Daiwa-Hobie event and only a recent convert to crankbaits, Boss kept his technique simple, yet effective.
“I’d make a long a cast as possible then just slow roll the lure back to the kayak,” said Boss.
The approach was on the money with Boss landing his first legal at 8.30am, the next at 9.30am and the last at about 11am. While catching only three legals for the session Boss did landed about 15-20 fish in total and gained a wealth of confidence when it comes to crankbaiting for bream.
“I’m impressed with how they respond to crankbaits and how effective they are as a fish catcher, I can't wait to do it again,” said Boss.
The lure that did the damage for Boss was the new muddy prawn coloured Atomic Crank 38 in the mid depth model. While the tackle he used to throw it included two outfits, a G.Loomis rod, Daiwa Sol 2500 reel, spooled with 6lb Berkley Fireline and 4lb Yamatoyo leader, while his second outfit was made up of a Shimano T-Curve rod, and a Shimano Sustain reel spooled with 3lb fluorocarbon, and fished straight through.
With a fifth place at the first round at Ballina in October and a second at Tweed, Boss is on track for a good result in the best 3 from 15 event Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak AOY race.
Will Lee continued his good form from his Ballina win with the opening round winner securing third place and the first Pro cheque. Like Boss, Lee will be one to watch for the AOY crown.
The next round of the Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Series sees Victoria plays host to the first round for 2011, with the Bemm River round slatted for 25th January. Visit www.bream.com.au or www.hobiefishing.com.au for all the details. – ABT
Place Angler Fish Weight Payouts ($)
|1||Greg Lewis||3/3||1.470||325 + 100 Boss Hogg (0.80kg)|
|3||Will Lee||3/3||1.205||130 + 50 (1st Pro)|