Bassin’ for Charity
  |  First Published: December 2006

The Bassin’ for Charity event on February 10 and 11 has been organised by BASS and BREAM grand finalists Tony Priestley, Glenn Helmers, Craig Robertson and ABT colleagues Scott Greentree and Bill Delaney to support fellow ABT member Scott Priestley, injured in a tragic motorcycle accident last November.

Scott’s injuries include brain trauma, spinal damage, lacerated neck, shattered collarbone, major nerve damage, broken arms, ribs leg and kneecap. In late November Scott remained in a coma.

Funds raised from the tournament will go towards supporting Scott with future medical costs and rehabilitation. Tony Priestley and his family would appreciate as much support as possible in his brother’s time of need.

Sponsors so far include Fishing Monthly Magazines; ABT; Pure Fishing/Berkley; Daiwa ; BLA- Humminbird/Minn Kota; G. Loomis, Bassman Spinnerbaits; Allso Eyeware/Mako sunglasses; Jackall Brothers; Ecogear Australia; L. Wilson and Co; Tackle Power fishing stores; Freddy’s Fishing World; Dubbo Bait and Tackle and Belmont Marine Sports. More sponsor support would be greatly appreciated. If you can help call Tony Priestley on 02 4953 1582.

The two-person teams event will be held at Lake Glenbawn with $20 from the $120 entry fee per team going towards the cash first prize. The entry fee is payable by cash on the Friday from 7pm and the briefing will be at the Lake Glenbawn Kiosk at 8pm.

Fishing times are: Saturday 5.30am to 10.30am and 2.30pm to 6.30pm and on Sunday 5.30am to 11.30am. There will be two fish per team per session weighed with standard ABT BASS rules – catch and release, lure and fly only.

There will be $5entry for a mystery team weight and a charity auction on Saturday evening.

There will be no pre-fishing ban prior to the event.

Email entries to Tony Priestley at --e-mail address hidden-- . For more information call

Tony Priestley on 02 4953 1582 (AH) or Glenn Helmers on 0412 091 156.

– Tony Priestley



TITLE: Reel Women at Glenbawn

SECTION: Tournaments




The top female bassers descended on Glenbawn Dam in November for the hot competition of the second annual Reel Women Bass Classic.

Teams travelled from Melbourne, Shepparton, Orange and Newcastle to join a small mix of locals for the competition. Matt Timmins from DPI Fisheries was in attendance and locals Robbo and Bruce were the official measurers and marshals.

Sandra from the kiosk was up before dawn supplying bacon-and-egg rolls and coffee for the 6am start on glassy-calm water and within minutes fish were being landed. Team Fish Lips White and Team Fish Lips Black from Victoria decided to cover territory and troll with deep diving Viking lures and it wasn’t long before a couple of bass were in the livewell.

Team Puss in Boat from Molong anchored amid sunken timber country and threw plastics for nil return while up the top of the dam Girls Kick Bass worked Jackall lures for one fish.

The Casting Coasties, skippered by Aaron Muldoon, also decided trolling was the go and hooked up early on a couple of small bass. Local team Lurin’ Hookers finally found a willing bass the favourites, Fishnuts (event organiser and local Kylie Cornish, her Mum, Denise Graham, and Chelle Torossi) had a shocker of a start but eventually hooked a bass.

As the heat of the day settled over the dam fish went AWOL until around 3.30pm. Vikki Little-Groves from Fish Lips Black scored a treble in her knee from a wayward cast and after a quick trip to hospital the lure was removed and put back in the tackle box.

At the end of Day One, 26 bass had been caught, measured and released. Four golden perch, one silver perch and a catfish were scored under ‘other fish’.

Fish Lips White were just in front of the Casting Coasties followed by Fish Lips Black. Fiona Little-Groves from Fish Lips White had nine bass, followed by Kay Goggin from Fish Lips White with six and Chantelle Delaney from Casting Coasties with five.

On Saturday both Fish Lips teams continued the trolling that had proved so successful for them.

Meeting for the first time at the briefing and melding to make a competitive outfit, Chantelle Delaney and Karen Scully from Casting Coasties again found fish with their trolled divers and were neck and neck with Fish Lips White until the sun slipped behind the hills and fishing ceased at 6pm.

Champion angler was Vikki Little-Groves of Fish Lips Black while the champion team title went to Fish Lips White. The biggest bass of 40cm was caught by Bernadette Blackburn while Carol Shields’ 52cm golden perch won her biggest other species.

Everyone talked about what happened, what nearly happened and what could have been late into the night. Already there are bookings for next year. If you want to enter a team (and yes, you can have a male boat driver), go to reelwomen.com.au and find out more.

These girls are a super bunch and they don’t take themselves too seriously, although competition is keen.

– Col Buckley

Reel Women 1

Team Lurin’ Hookers with bass: Melissa King, left, and Carol Shields

Reel Women 2

Reel Women Bass Classic champion angler Vikki Little-Groves, right, of Team Fish Lips Black, with Kylie Cornish .

Reel Women 3

The Fishnuts team of Denise Graham, Kylie Cornish and Chelle Torossi hard at work



TITLE: Snowy River Centenary Cup

SECTION: Tournaments




The Shimano Snowy River Centenary Cup was held on November 25 and 26 to celebrate 100 years of the Snowy river Shire Council.

Anglers were blessed with perfect weather for trout fishing and the Sunday morning was fantastic and some excellent trout were caught by lake trollers.

Anglers came from as far as Victoria and northern NSW to compete with a spread of 50% local and 50% visitors. The warm weather made it harder to catch any really big trout but three brown trout of around 1.6kg (cleaned) were weighed in with the largest going 1.637kg. Plenty of kilo rainbows were also weighed in.

The overall winner of the Centenary Cup was Kevin Elsey from Bondi with his 1.637 kg brown. Craig Gammel from Jindabyne was second with a brown of 1.567 kg. Ella Burton of Jindabyne won the junior section from Kiera Penny of Jindabyne.

The Steve Williamson Junior Encouragement Award went to Thomas Davis, 7.

The committee thank all the sponsors including Shimano, Wigston Lures, Steve Tooley, Clarksons Imports, Australian Fishing Network, Snowline Holiday Park, Hueys Lures, Steve Williamson’s Fishing Adventures, as well as the many other sponsors including Snowy river Shire Council. They also thank Mark James from DPI Fisheries as well as the Fishcare volunteers who helped with the weigh-in.

The next big event will be the Snowy Mountains Celebrity Trout Challenge in October 2007. The committee is already calling for celebrities, competitors and volunteers that would like to get involved with the competition. For more information please go to www.troutchallenge.com.au .

– Steve Williamson

Snowy 1

Kevin Elsey with the winning brown trout of the Centenary Trout Challenge.

Snowy 2

Snowy river Shire Mayor Richard Wallace with junior winner Ella Burton.



TITLE: Jesse, 11, cleans up at Classic

SECTION: Tournaments




The start of November always marks the running of the annual Hawkesbury Classic run by the Pitt Town Fishing Club.

The Hawkesbury Classic has become the biggest estuary-only fishing competition in the Southern Hemisphere over its 14-year history and in November 2006 attracted 750 registered anglers all eager to catch that fish that will crown them King of the Hawkesbury River.

With competition fierce and so many great anglers regularly standing on the podium year after year, it was a certainly a surprise to see a junior take the event. Jesse Chain, fishing lower reaches of the Hawkesbury with his father, Brett, was just starting to doze off after midnight on the Friday evening when his rod bent over in and line screamed off the reel. Immediately Jesse jumped from his cosy position and grabbed the rod and went to work on the big jewfish.

Jesse is no stranger to fishing and his father, President of Pitt Town Fishing Club and an accomplished angler, regularly takes his family fishing for game fish which have helped develop his kids’ angling skills. The fish was subdued after a good fight and was helped aboard by Brett and fishing buddy Angelo Stamos.

Jesse's fish weighed just over 21.5kg and when cleaned and officially presented at the weigh-in went 18.8kg, giving Jesse first place and beating the closest senior angler by more than 10kg.

The Hawkesbury Classic and Pitt Town Fishing Club raise money for charity and donate 100% of proceeds to local charities. Close to $200,000 has been raised since its inception.

Although fishing is a great fun sport, doing something worthwhile for charity makes this competition very special. It would not be possible without major sponsor TR Marine at Mulgrave which donated two boats for prizes, with one raffled and the other a lucky door prize.

Over the years, the Hawkesbury Classic has become a great place for fishing mates to catch up, with families travelling hundreds of kilometres in some instances just to attend the weigh-in with its carnival-like atmosphere. Jesse Chain walked away with some great prizes, a huge smile, and a memory that will live with him forever.

– Hawkesbury Classic


Proud Dad Brett Chain holds Jesse Chain’s prizewinning jewfish aloft at the Hawkesbury Classic presentation.

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