BCF Manager Peter Bostock claimed victory in the 4th round of the 2013 Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Bass Series, with the Brisbane kayaker compiling a 3/3, 118cm limit to claim his maiden bass kayak win.
Not to be overshadowed was longtime bream kayak angler, and first time bass angler, Jonathan Chen (3/3, 112cm) who finished 2nd and Anthony Correnti (3/3, 107cm) 3rd.
Victory for Bostock was an all jerkbait affair, with the Maroon Dam winner fishing a Pontoon 21 Greedy Guts 66SP tight amongst flooded timber and weed beds.
“I’ve had plenty of success at Maroon in the past fishing jerkbaits so I went with what usually works when the water’s cool and clear,” explained Bostock.
Bostock’s thinking was spot-on, and his technique involved throwing his Greedy Guts into the gaps in the weed and trees, giving it a couple of rips then pausing it.
“The pause was the key to the technique,” said Bostock. “Sometimes you let it pause for up to 20 seconds.”
The approach was very productive, with Bostock landing four legal fish for the session.
“I got bricked by a couple of fish in the timber, but I guess that’s the price you pay for fishing tight to structure and fishing 4lb,” he said.
Having only caught his first ever bass the day before the tournament, ACT kayak fan Jonathan Chen hit the ground running to finish second at Maroon Dam and book a spot in the November Grand Final.
Fishing weed and lily-cover points, Chen threw a combination of Fish Arrow spinnerbaits and Best Shad hardbodies to catch his fish.
“The lilies were important,” he said. “If you found them there was usually a fish not too far away.”
The technique for both baits involved throwing the lure close the edge then slow rolling it back to the kayak.
“Most of the hits came half way back to the boat,” Chen explained.
Far from beginners’ luck, Chen’s edge bite approach delivered him three bass and one yellowbelly for the session.
With a spot in the Grand Final now booked, Chen is keen to further develop his bass fishing skills as the Toonumbar Dam Grand Final draws near.
Rod-5’6” Penn Pinpoint Tour
Reel- Shimano Scorpion DC
Line- 4lb Berkley Nanofil
Leader- 4lb Vanish
Lure- Pontoon 21 Greedy Guts 66SP in CB Natural Yamane colour
The key to Bostock’s jerkbait technique was the pause. Bostock let the lure sit motionless for up to 20 seconds.
Event winner Peter Bostock also secured the Hogs Breath Boss Hog Prize, picking up the $100 cheque with his 40cm kicker fish caught amongst the trees on a Pontoon 21 Greedy Guts 66SP jerkbait.
|Place||Angler||Fish||Total Length (cm)||Prizes|
|1||Peter Bostock||3||118||$350 + Boss Hog (40)|
|2||Jonathan Chen||3||112||$200 + Prize Pack|
|3||Anthony Correnti||3||107||$125 + Prize Pack|
|4||Duane Macey||3||106||$100 + Prize Pack|
|5||Wade Mobbs||3||105||$100 + Prize Pack|