The last weekend in November saw 46 teams of the best bream anglers that Australia has to offer head to Nelson on the Glenelg River for the 2013 Humminbird Bream Classic Invitational.
The pre-fish for most teams was not a success so a call was made to make the minimum legal length for the tournament 29cm tip length to enable more fish to the weigh in. This proved very helpful for some teams but for team Minn Kota’s Cam Whittam and Warren Carter it was never going to be needed with some quality fish coming to their boat as they charged towards victory and the 2013 Hummnbird Bream Classic Champions crown.
Day one saw anglers wake to picture-perfect conditions; maybe a little too good for the bream to bite.
For Team Minn Kota a trip straight to the front was on the cards. Their arsenal of gear to wage war on the Glenelg River bream population was: for Cameron, a 10lb pound Sunline Castaway braid, 3lb and 4lb Sunline FC Rock Bream Special Fluoro leaders, Daiwa Certate 2506 reels on Loomis TSR 862 rods; and for Warren, a 14.5lb Varivas Avani Eging braid with Varivas 4lb Absolute Fluoro leaders, Shimano Stella 1000 and 2500 reels on Loomis SR 842 and Shimano T-Curve Flight series rods.
“We fished the estuary both days and concentrated on areas less than 1m in depth the whole time. All areas were broken bottom that consisted of sand/mud with weed or rocks. We didn’t fish open sand with any success,” said Cameron.
“Saturday saw a 35cm, 33.5cm and a 30.5cm forkers in the well by 7.40am. Only one more fish was boated, a 34cm at around 1pm. Both of us fished slightly different retrieves as the fish were very tentative and non-committal for most of the day. Longer pauses than we would normally use seemed to be the key combined with twitches and different speeds of lure retrieval.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t find another legal fish to round out our bag but had a lot of short takes in the last two hours,” said Whittam.
Even with only 4 fish in the well it was enough to hand them the lead over Team The Old Boys as they weighed in 4/5 bream for 3.23kg.
Day two produced even clearer warmer conditions for the anglers the wind was starting to pick up. This gave anglers high hopes of a good bite and potentially bring the bream on.
“To start day two we had two small legals by 8am and then things really slowed down and became a grind. Using a combination of Cranka Cranks and new Crabs, shallow Smith Camions and Panish 55s we continued to drift different areas to try and find fish. This resulted in another two legals by around 12pm.
“We decided to fish the windward side of the estuary from 12pm, which paid off in the end. Four solid fish found their freedom by pulling the hooks in a 15 minute window and we thought we may have squandered our opportunity to win. Fortunately Warren boated our fifth fish, which had us both relieved,” said Cameron.
The 2013 Club Marine Team of the Year’s Team Minn-Kota’s Cameron Whittam and Warren Carter weighed 9/10 bream for 6.12kg handing them the 2013 Humminbird Bream Classic Championship.
On accepting the 2013 Humminbird Bream Classic Champions Trophy Cam and Warren thanked the following sponsors that made their win possible. Minn Kota/Humminbird (BLA), Sunline (EJ Todd), Tonic Sunglasses, Smith Lures, Varivus, Shimano Australia and Aussie Angler in Greensborough.
Team Chemically Sharp weighed in a cracking bag of 5/5 bream for 3.54kg moving them 18 places up the leader board handing them the Aus Tackle Monster Movers Prize including the Ecogear Big Bream Prize for a cracking 1.55kg bream they had in their bag.
If you’d like to be a part of the 2014 Humminbird Bream Classic Series log onto www.vicbreamclassics.com.au for all the info and entry forms or call Bill Hartshorne on mobile: 0409 823 070. – Bill Hartshorne
|1||Minn Kota||Cam Whittam Warren Carter||9/10||6.12|
|2||The Old Boys||Brian Pelle James Blazewski||8/10||5.93|
|3||Team Berkley||Brad Hodges Mike Hodges||10/10||5.86|
|4||Major Craft||Dan Mackrell Darryl Hislop||9/10||5.15|
|5||Colac Tackle||Steve Parker Declan Betts||10/10||5.13|
|6||Megabass/Club Marine||Tom Deer Darryl Kelcey||9/10||5.08|
|7||Plonkers||Ben Shuey Richard Patterson||7/10||4.54|
|8||Rod Battlers||Corey McLaren Lewis Holland||8/10||4.40|
|9||Richardson Marine Warrnambool||Luke Smith Jon Clisby||10/10||4.26|
|10||Nelson Boat & Canoe Hire||Chris Carson Brett Carson||8/10||4.16|