Round 3 of the Jackall Australian Yellowbelly Championships was at Lake Burrendong, where 58 teams attended.
A total of 224 yellowbelly were brought to the weighmasters at an impressive average length of 408mm.
Paul Browne and Jamie Loomes, of Loomzy’s Fish ’n’ Fix backed up their Round 2 win at Keepit to make it two in a row.
Paul and Jamie employed vertical presentations of Berkley Gulp 3” Minnow Grubs in pumpkinseed and watermelon on 1/4oz jig heads to secure their fish.
The pair targeted trees at the base of the Macquarie River Arm in depths from 35’-60’.
The key was to judiciously select submerged trees that were holding active fish detected on their StructureScan sonar. They then tied up or used their electric motor to hold over the trees.
Their technique involved dropping their plastics to or near the bottom and slow-rolled them right to the surface. Tackle comprised spinning outfits loaded with 10lb line and leader sufficient to muscle most of their hook-ups out of the timber.
They scored 13/15 for 5767mm. Their win also means they jumped to the top of the championship leader board.
Coming in second was the Star Gully Gold Miners team of Brett Bembrick and Kerry Aston, who were also runner-sup at Burrinjuck in Round 1.
Brett and Kerry also used a vertical Gulp presentation to catch their fish, which they targeted amid timber in Oakey Creek.
They selected trees that showed fish on their sounder in 30’-40’, with most bites coming within the top 9’ of the retrieve. The used 1/4oz jigs in 3” watermelon and pumpkinseed Minnow Grubs to catch 12/15 for 4851mm.
Bromar Engineering scored third place on the back of some good decision-making.
After a tough session 1 fishing the Cudgegong Arm, the Grenfell duo of Justin Hoy and Josh Liebich decided to head up Oakey Creek and adopt the vertical Gulp presentation to bag out in sessions 2 and 3.
Hoy and Liebich finished with 11/15 for 4747mm and also secured a grand final qualification, based on a count back.
The top three finishers shared in $2000 cash payouts, with prize packs handed out down to 10th place.
The big fish award went to Mark Le Millier with a 580mm lunker caught on a Jackall Mask Vibe in ghost black red belly off a point in the Macquarie Arm of the dam.
The championships now goes into Winter break until Pindari Dam hosts Round 4 on September 28-29.
For more information check out www.yellowbellychampionships.com. – Chris Frith
|1. Loomzy’s Fish N Fix||287||Yes|
|2. Canobolas Marine Centre||273||Yes|
|3. Bromar Engineering||268||Yes|
|4. Assassin Spinnerbaits||264||No|
|5. Cans and Catfish||262||No|
Paul Browne and Jamie Loomes, of Loomzy’s Fish ’n’ Fix, jumped to the top of the AYC leader board on the back of wins at Keepit and Burrendong.