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Head Hauls for Grand Final Win
  |  First Published: December 2013



Darryl Head, a 46yo Basin View Hobie Fishing Guide, claimed the ultimate prize in kayak tournament fishing with victory in the 2013 Daiwa-Hobie Kayak BREAM Grand Final.

Claiming a wire-to-wire victory, Head grabbed the lead on day one on the back of a 3kg+ bag then never let it go as he stormed to victory.

Fishing just inside the first lake heading upstream, Head fished shallow (50cm of water) and threw an assortment of different lures and used a host of different techniques to catch his fish. Day one in particular was the day when he threw his whole tackle box.

“The fish didn’t turn on until the middle of morning when the tide turn and there was no real pattern or lure that stood out. As a result I just rotated through my lures and mixed up how I worked them,” said Hedge.

Throwing blades, deep diving crankbaits and soft plastics and using retrieves that ranged from slow rolls to twitches and pauses, it was a multi approach that delivered him 15 fish for the session.

Weighing in a 3.46kg limit for the session it was a 1.74kg kicker fish in his bag that anchored his leading margin heading into day two. Heading off on day two with a 690g lead, Head had a feeling that the fishing would be tough, especially with the deteriorating weather, and had suspicions that one fish would be enough to keep him in front of his challengers.

“I was happy when I caught my first fish in the first hour, then I was over the moon when I got my second fish in the last hour,” said Head.

The last angler to hit the stage, Head’s two 2/2, 1.14kg in the end proved enough to relegate a strong finishing Scott Baker to second place and claim his maiden Kayak BREAM win.

“To claim the win in such strong company is truly amazing,” said a jubilant Head.

Head now becomes only the forth angler to call themselves a Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Grand Final winner and joins Scott Lovig, Daniel Brown and Shane Taylor on the honour roll.

Baker Cranks into Second

Inaugural Hobie Fishing Worlds Champion Scott Baker produced another solid tournament result to finish second and claim his best result to date in a Kayak Grand Final.

Compiling a 6/6, 3.8kg limit to secure his podium finish, Baker fished to his strength and threw a deep Jackall Chubby for the entire tournament.

“The Chubby has been my go-to lure for a long time now, so when the weather was bad and the fishing tough I tied one, knowing that if any lure would get me fish it would be that one,” said Baker.

Fishing a 1.7m deep flat near the first island upriver of the start line, Baker religiously used his Power Pole to hold his Hobie in position and allow him to fish the area thoroughly.

“Without the Power Pole I wouldn’t have been able to fish the area as I did, and I wouldn’t have caught the fish that I did,” said Baker.

With his Power Pole deployed and his Hobie facing into the current Baker would make long casts then retrieve his Jackall with a dead-slow slow roll, bumping the lure across the bottom.

“You couldn’t work the lure too slow, you just wanted it to touch its way across the bottom as you cranked it back in,” said Baker.

While the technique was crucial for success so was the choice of lure colour.

“I could only get fish on the pink eyed, brown suji shrimp colour. While other colours looked great, I just couldn’t get fish to eat them,” said Baker.

His choice of technique and lure colour produced seven fish on day one and four fish on day two. One of only two anglers to catch their full limit for the tournament Baker’s consistency and result once again confirmed his status as an angler to look out for in a big event.

Hogs Breath Boss Hog

Event winner Darryl Head claimed the Hogs Breath Boss Hog, with the champion’s day one 1.74kg kicker fish falling to a twitched and long paused suji shrimp coloured Jackall Squirrel.

Winning Tackle

Rod: 7’6” Millerod Control Freak

Reel: 1000 Shimano Stella

Line: 8lb OH Dragon PE

Leader: 4lb flurocarbon

Lure: Jackall Squirrel, Ecogear VX30, Jackall Chubby, Berkley Gulp Shrimp, Berkley 3B Sub Dog

Winning Ways

With a clear bite pattern undefined Head rotated through varying lures and techniques to maximise his chances of giving the fish something that they would eat.

“There was no one lure that dominated (especially on day one) so I threw a heap of different lures in the hope of increasing my chances of giving them something they wanted.”

Results

PlaceAnglerFishWeightPayout

1Darryl HEAD5/64.602013 Prize Pack, Duffrods Prize Rod
2Scott BAKER6/63.80Prize Pack
3Stephen MAAS4/63.54Prize Pack
4Craig COUGHLAN4/63.45Prize Pack
5Daniel BROWN5/63.25
6Richard SOMERTON4/63.17
7Chris BURBIDGE4/63.12
8Chesney FUNG4/63.04
9Nick MACE5/63.03
10Grayson FONG5/63.01
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