A more perfect morning could not have been asked for the third round of the Daiwa-Hobie Bream Kayak Series and Sydney Harbour did not disappoint.
An even 40 anglers set out for the morning chasing their three biggest bream and a telling sign of the good fishing on offer in the Harbour was that most of the field had fish for the weighmaster.
It was a tight spread in the end with only 145g separating eighth place from second but a standout bag from an outstanding angler took away the honours.
In third place with 3/3 for 1.435kg and $170 was Derek Steele. Second with 3/3 for 1.445kg and $260 cash was Daniel Holder but the day belonged to Andrew Death, who brought back three solid fish for 1.815kg.
Andrew used his Hobie Sport Kayak optioned with the mid-range Turbo Mirage Drive system and Hobie livewell to fish the moored boats in Five Dock Bay. Although Andrew had a good pre-fish closer to the launch area, he realised that there were too many other kayakers who had done the same in the area so he decided to move farther afield.
His secret was to fish very slowly and methodically and he 'just kept plugging away', hitting every single boat and then starting again and fishing every boat a second time.
He fished 65mm Squidgy Wrigglers in black and gold on 1/28oz and 1/40oz TT HWS jigheads and flavoured the lures with a little Yum spray scent. Tackle was a Silstar Flick Stick rod and Shimano Saros 2500 reel loaded with 3lb Stren and 4lb Vanish leader.
Andrew caught only the three legal fish, the first at 8.15am, the second at 11.30 and his third on what he had decided would be his last cast in the bay before starting his journey back.
The Boss Hog for the day went to Gary Cooke with his single fish of 840g that earned him $100. Gary fished an Ecogear ZX blade deep down the side of the pylons of the Ryde bridge.
A big thanks to Sailing Scene at Mona Vale for the great barbecue and drinks for all the competitors. – ABT