In near ideal conditions, the beautiful St Georges Basin provided yet another fish fest for competitors fishing the TT Lures BETS Round 3. It all came down to who could secure the better quality fish, and sounding out fish in the deep was the key!
Greg Silva and Nick Jabber of Team Lowrance/Berkley Powerbait not only sounded out decent groups of fish, but their high-resolution Lowrance Point One GPS antenna enabled the pair to keep the boat right on top of the holding fish. This allowed them to slowly accumulate the kind of quality bag needed to be in the running in an arena like St Georges Basin.
Using Berkley Gulp Shrimps in camo on 1/12oz jigheads, the key was to keep things slow and tight during the early glassy conditions. By being patient and methodical the team weighed in a quality bag of 4.15kg. St Georges Basin is known for giving up a cracker bag or two, so it was a tense wait for the team until the last bag was weighed in. Despite a few spirited challenges, the bag was not to be surpassed and earned the team their first win and $3600 cash.
One of the spirited challenges came from father and son team Geoff and Michael Borg of Bream Attack. Geoff, a long time participant in bream events, had to sheepishly admit that it was son Michael who caught all the fish. And what fish they were! Topped by a 1.23kg specimen, the quality collection brought the scales down at 4.02kg – more than enough to take out second place, $2600 and an Engel Spectator Pack. Pete and Phil Cook of Stealth Blades secured third place with 3.75kg for $1600.
It was yet another BETS event where 3kg would barely get you into the top 20! Of course, a cracker would have helped and it was Anthony Thorpe of Gladiator Tackle who found the biggest cracker – a 1.42kg beauty to secure the Austackle Big Bream award. A paid entry, first cab off the rank and an Austackle Lure Pack valued at $250 were the reward for a great fish.
The close of the event saw all anglers placed 11 to 20 securing a product giveaway bag courtesy of round sponsor TT Lures, and Ross Canizarro won the Duffrods random draw for one of Steve’s custom rods valued at over $500. Thanks go to Sam and Brian at the Sussex Inlet Marine Centre for providing breakfast and lunch to the anglers. They really do help make the St Georges Basin event one of our favourites.Reads: 1045