On a weekend that saw young talent rise to the top Bundaberg-based bass young gun Jordan Renz secured a convincing win at the Bjelke-Petersen Dam hosted 2013 Bluefin Boats BASS Electric Convention.
Compiling a 4/4, 4.09kg two-day bag to claim the win, Renz relegated Joe Urquhart (4/4, 2.97kg) to 2nd, and Jack Gold (4/4, 2.95kg) to 3rd to secure the biggest win of his young tournament career.
Both days Renz fished the upper reaches of the dam past Bass Point and targeted two large trees in 16 ft of water. Renz sounded a large number of fish holding on the trees and believed that the area acted as a transition location with bass holding in the area for a brief period before moving and being replaced by new fish.
Once he had located the fish, Renz would cast his Ecogear VX40 blade in colour 339 past the trees then allow his lure to sink to the bottom before imparting a short sharp double hop back the boat. If Renz got a bite he would drop the lure to the bottom and repeat the double hop and rest retrieve.
Renz’s tackle of choice was an AMC Custom Bream Spin matched with a Shimano Stradic C14 1000 reel, spooled with 6lb Yamatoyo PE and 10lb Yamatoyo FC leader.
The key to Renz’s presentation was to take off the standard hooks of his VX40 and retrofit ZX trailing hooks to allow him to run his lure closer to the tree with out snagging up.
“The bigger fish where coming as the lure sat on the bottom next to the tree,” said Renz.
For his hard fought tournament win, Renz walked away with a brand new Bluefin 385 Estuary Pro.
“I am over the moon to take the win, I cannot wait to get on the water and start fishing out of this fantastic boat,” said Renz. The young angler went on to thank his father, ACM Custom Rods and Ecogear. Without all of their support I would not be able to fish these events,” said Renz.
Joe Urquhart once again showed that he’s a man to watch on any waterway with yet another podium finish, with the Gold Coast basser finishing 2nd with a 4/4, 2.97kg limit.
Urquhart also headed up to the timbered section of the dam but rather than stay in one area Urquhart employed a run-and-gun technique covering as much ground as possible. Urquhart targeted the smaller spindly timber in 3-6ft of water that most anglers passed over. To cover ground quickly Urquhart’s lure of choice was an Imakatsu Parana vibe (soft tungsten) in ayu colour. Casting his lure tight to the structure Urquhart would then burn his lure back to the boat.
For this work his tackle of choice was an St Croix rod match with a Daiwa T3 reel spooled with 10lb Toray Super strong and 8lb Toray L-Hard FC.
With the fish holding tight to structure, leader choice was critical to Urquhart’s success, “The L-Hard leader has great abrasion resistance, I could use a light leader to get the bites but it had the abrasion resistance to get the fish out of the structure,” said Urquhart.
The Bluefin Boats BASS Electric Convention draws the curtain on another successful BASS Electric Series. ABT would like to thank all those that have helped make the season a successful one including anglers, event organisers, and series sponsors. – ABT
|Rod:||AMC Custom Bream Spin|
|Reel:||Shimano Stradic C14 1000|
|Line:||6lb Yamatoyo PE|
|Leader:||10lb Yamatoyo FC|
By changing to ZX assist hooks Renz was able to position his lure tight to the structure with out snagging his lure.
|1||Jordan RENZ||4/4||4.09||Blue Fin Estuary Pro|
|2||Joseph URQUHART||4/4||2.97||55lb Bow Mount Haswing|
|3||Jack GOLD||4/4||2.95||55lb Motorguide Varimax Transom|
|4||Trevor STEAD||4/4||2.91||$300 Haswing dollars|
|5||Ben BIGGS||4/4||2.82||$300 Haswing dollars|
|6||Adrian WILSON||4/4||2.74||$200 Haswing dollars|
|7||Mark PETERSEN||4/4||2.74||$200 Haswing dollars|
|8||Kenny LEBHERZ||4/4||2.73||$100 Haswing dollars|
|9||Andrew LOW||4/4||2.56||$100 Haswing dollars|
|10||Samantha RUTLEDGE||4/4||2.56||Imakatsu/Toray pack|