BETS Forster R4
  |  First Published: June 2014

The Hobie Fishing Round 4 event was held at Forster this year. Always a bream mecca, pics of cracking fish were texted to and fro on the Friday as anglers pre-fished in great conditions. Conditions for the Sunday were forecast to be mixed but one thing was certain – the wind would blow a dog off its chain.

Starting calmly, the breeze and overcast conditions seemed perfect for breamin’ but the blow came soon enough. Competitors did their best to keep out of the worst of the wind and in with the fish, and many boats ended up finding productive patches in the rivers feeding into the lake. Despite the challenges, 46 out of 65 teams returned with a bag of five fish but it was the team that made the longer run to the back of the lake that secured the fish needed for victory.

Ross Cannizarro and Alan Loftus of Team Pflueger Evinrude have seen their fair share of success over the years but a BETS win always goes down well, and it was a consistent bag of quality fish from the back of the lake that brought about another. Fishing Berkley 3Bs in mongrel colour and Gulp Shrimps in green camo colour, the pair fished a current line sitting along the windblown flats and found quality fish where ever baitfish could be seen. Despite the loss of a good upgrade, the quality of fish carried the bag to 4.81kg and the team to another BETS victory, earning a cool $3200 and a Hobie Prize Pack in the process.

Fish of the day was a 1.46kg cracker snared by Grant Manusu of Team Carpet Court/Cranka that earned him an Austackle Lure Pack valued at $250. The team also won a paid first away entry courtesy of Austackle.

The pace is definitely picking up as we head to the pointy end of the season. It’s Lake Macquarie next for the breamers and Lowrance Round 5 on June 8th, Lake St Clair for the bassers in July for Coleman Round 2. Both will provide results that will begin to shape the respective grand finals and we’ll see who will be in a position to vie for one of the 20 highly prized places. Keep an eye on the website (www.betsbream.com.au) and the BETS Facebook page for updates. - BETS


1Pflueger EvinrudeAlan Loftus, Ross Cannizzaro54.81 $3200 + Hobie Prize Packs
2Carpet Court/CrankaMike Nelson, Grant Manusu54.38$2200 + Hobie Prize Packs
2Bears ConcretingKevin Tommerup, Mitch Martin54.38$1200 + 2 x $150 Tackle Power vouchers
44BRIMINBrad Williams, Tracey Wright54.09$800 + Lowrance $1500 voucher
5Berkley 2Michael Milburn, David Peterson53.96 $600 + Lowrance $1500 voucher

Big Bream: Carpet Court/Cranka (1.46kg), BRIMIN (1.3kg), Bears Concreting (1.28kg)

Alan Loftus and Ross Cannizzaro took out first place with a 4.81kg bag.

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