The weekend of the 30 April/1 May saw the Humminbird Bream Classic Series head to Metung on the Gippsland Lakes for the 2011 Club Marine East Gippsland Bream Classic. It was the largest field to attend a Metung round and the weekend was set to break all records with the largest two day bag of bream being weighed in smashing all Humminbird Bream Classic records with ease.
It was the quiet achievers team Bream By Stealth’s Romeo Prezioso and Carl DiToro that dialled in the form that most anglers only dream about. Smashing the field by almost 5kg, the boys took victory with a record 10/10 bream for 13.66kg.
Day one saw picture-perfect conditions with no wind, blue skies and a slight chill in the air. Blasting off from 18th position the boys from Bream By Stealth made the 40km run to Hollands Landing where they began searching the edges with long casts for the large bream they knew were in the area.
“We fished this area two days prior to the pre-fish ban and managed to produce a 6kg+ bag. Knowing that the majority of the field would be in the Tambo, we made the decision to take a chance and head down to where the fish were two-weeks previously. It wasn’t until 11.30am on Saturday that we found the fish approximately 300m from where they had been two-weeks ago. Fortunately our gamble paid off,” said Romeo.
Holding their nerve and persisting in the area was a master stroke for the winners; not only did they find fish but a hot bite as well – they had their bag in 45 minutes! After looking in the well and seeing some quality bream they left the fish biting so they could return on day two again.
The five bream in their bag pulled the scales down to 5/5 bream for 7.04kg, a new Humminbird Bream Classic Series day one record and easily took out the Atomic Bassday Best Bag for the tournament. Mixed in nicely in their impressive bag was the 1.86kg EcoGear Big Bream. “We knew that Saturday’s bag would be in the high 6kg range, but we didn’t expect it to top 7kg,” Romeo said.
All eyes were on Bream By Stealth to see if they could repeat their efforts in day two or if it was all just a bit of luck.
Day two showed a little more promise for the majority of the field. Overcast skies and a little more wind saw many teams target bream on the flats with increased success. Nevertheless, for Team Bream By Stealth is was back to the same spot that produced the record bag the day before. Using a combination of G-Loomis SR842-2 IMX rods, Diawa Certate 2004 reels spooled with 3lb Stren Microfuse and 3lb FC Rock Flurocarbon leaders, the boys started casting their trusty EcoGear SX40 in colour 307 that had dominated on day one.
“On Sunday the bite was totally different, it required a gentle twitch and slower retrieve followed by longer pauses. This technique, combined with the EcoGear SX40 (307), resulted in catches measuring 32-33cm to the fork early in the morning. We persevered staying within the area, hoping to upgrade the bag.
“By the end of the morning we managed to upgrade with fish measuring 38-40cm to the fork. We did this by changing the lure size to the SX43 (307) but not the colour. By using a slightly heavier lure we were able to keep the casts further away from the boat hooking up better quality fish,” said Romeo.
Better quality fish was a understatement for the guys, with all eyes on them at the weigh in they sat another solid bag on the scales to blow the field away with a bag of 5/5 bream for 6.62kg. This gave them a combined total of 10/10 bream for a thumping 13.66kg. With the second place team weighing 10/10 bream for 8.98kg, Bream By Stealth’s performance just dominated and they were crowned 2011 Club Marine East Gippsland Bream Classic Champions. “We were absolutely stoked with the result and after three years of competing, we hope to be one step closer to achieving our ultimate goal of winning a final,” said Romeo.
Next stop will see the 2011 Humminbird Bream Classic Series head to Nelson on the Glenelg River for the 2011 EcoGear Glenelg Shire Bream Classic. For all the information or to get your entry in to complete log onto www.vicbreamclassics.com.au for all the details.
|1||Bream By Stealth||Romeo Prezioso/Carl Di Toro||10/10||13.66|
|2||Breamiscuous||Steve Babic/James Morgan||10/10||8.98|
|3||Reel RC||Andy Heskett/Gary Thompson||10/10||8.36|
|4||Doma||Damien Domagala/Zig Domagala||10/10||8.14|
|5||EGM||Paul Conn/Justin Conn||10/10||6.96|
|6||Reel Addiction||Steve Ditterich/Steve Mew||10/10||6.96|
|7||Neville Stratos||Scott Lovig/Scott Lovig||10/10||6.86|
|8||Prostrike||Peter Stephens/Bradley Baade||10/10||6.48|
|9||Bluey's Bait & Tackle||Matt Leach/Robert Harvey||9/10||6.44|
|10||Fishin Impossible||Jason Bird/Damien Dwyer||9/10||6.38|