The first round of the Hobie Kayak BASS Series was held at Tallowa Dam, nestled among the undulating hills in Kangaroo Valley approximately 30 minutes west of the small village.
This event saw the 2014 Daiwa Hobie Kayak Fishing season off to a great start with the biggest number of competitors to attend a Kayak BASS event so far.
The event winner, Victorian Chesney Fung, took advantage of the early start and pedalled for a full hour to reach his spot. Fung was able to catch his bag on edges within the hour using a clip-on spinner rigged with a Z-Man GrubZ.
Fung continued to fish edges till 11am before moving to deeper water and upsizing his lures. Using a OSP spinnerbait he continued to catch fish, improving his bag as he went. Overall, Fung said he landed about 15 fish with 5 of those being legal.
Amazingly, this was only the fifth time Fung had chased bass since he started targeting the species only 1 month ago, at a Victorian dam stocked by Fisheries and local angling groups. At the prize presentation, Fung expressed his gratitude to his Victorian friends for encouraging him to attend the event, even though he had just started fishing for bass.
Like many other anglers who competed on Sunday, he had travelled a long way to fish but said the experience was definitely worth the trip.
“You get to meet nice people and learn how to fish,” he said. “The night before the competition gives you a chance to meet new people around the camp and share information, and it’s a great atmosphere.”
Travelling another 1.5km further than Fung, current World Champion Richard Summerton from Victoria managed 6 legal bass through the day but fell shy of the 108cm needed to equal the winning length. Richard took out second place using a Megabass Pagani Siglett early and then switching to Beetle Spins and spinnerbaits as the sun got higher.
The Boss Hog Big Bass was caught by Rob Walters on an H&P Spinnerbait in 12m of water just before 11am. This event was Rob’s second time fishing for bass out of a kayak and his first time fishing an impoundment. The 47cm bass was Rob’s only competition legal fish, but if you catch only one fish it might as well be the Boss Hog Big Bass!
Rod: Self made 6’6”
Reel: Daiwa Sol
Line: Berkley Fireline 8lb
Boss Hog Tackle
Rod: Shimano Rack Raider
Reel: Shimano Symetre
Line: Berkley Fireline Exceed 8lb
Leader: Berkley Vanish 8lb
Lure: H&P 3/8oz spinnerbait
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