Basin Lure and Fly Anglers Inc. held Round 5 of their Southern Bream Series (SBS) at Mallacoota on the weekend of 21-22 June. The event was proudly sponsored by Shimano.
The weather had been very ordinary the week before the event, with hundreds of millimetres of rain falling and making the waterway look like a chocolate milkshake. Competitors who had the opportunity to pre-fish said it was going to be a very tough assignment for teams to get their bag of bream.
The Saturday morning greeted the 71 boating teams and 20 kayak anglers with cold conditions. The skies were clear and it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day, with the same again on the Sunday.
The final winner in the Boating section was Team LOFT, consisting of Paul Holmes and Greg Rooke. The pair scored a 10/10 bag weighing in at an amazing 10.025kg. Second place went to Jason Mayberry and Terry Parmenter of Team Compleat Angler Batemans Bay/Shimano with a 10/10 bag totalling 9.380kg. Third went to Team Salt N Fresh (Garry King and Brett Dinham) with a 10/10 bag totalling 9.230kg, fourth went to Team Reel Steel (Gary Carruthers and Steve Allen) with a 10/10 bag weighing 9.200kg, and fifth went to Team Gamakatsu/Atomic (Paul Malov and Alex Franchuk) with a 10/10 bag totalling 9.165kg. The cash payouts for the top five were $4150, $2076, $1038, $620 and $416 respectively. The Hobie Big Bream prize was taken out by Greg Rooke with a solid 1.455kg fish.
In the boating section 53 teams achieved their full bag of 10 fish over the two-day event. A total of 622 fish were brought to the weigh master for a combined weight of 460.850kg for 142 anglers.
The Kayak section was won by Team Kevo (Kevin Varty) with a bag of 6/6 totalling a very impressive 6.425kg. Second went to Team Atomic Gamakatsu (Andrew Death) with a bag of 6/6 weighing 5.285kg, and third went to Team Mylureshop.com (Scott Marcinkowski) with a bag of 6/6 totalling 5.075kg. Cash payouts for the top three were $858, $437 and $265. The BCF Big Bream prize was taken out by Kevin Varty with another solid 1.455kg fish.
In all, the Kayak section saw a total of 80 fish weighed in for a combined weight of 58.330kg for 20 anglers.
We would like to thank all the sponsors – Lowrance, Shimano, Fishing World, Tonic Eyewear, Searing Tackle/Damiki, Custom Lure Art, Skeeter Boats/Power Pole, Hobie Fishing, Compleat Angler Nowra, BCF, Totally Immersed Watersports, Lox Rods, Asakura Lures and STG Graphics.
A big thank you also goes to all those who competed and showed their continued support for this series. It’s only getting bigger and better as every round passes, and the positive feedback filtering back is greatly appreciated.
Round 6 will be held on Sunday August 24 at St Georges Basin. - BLFA
Runners-up Jason Mayberry and Terry Parmenter from Team Compleat Angler Batemans Bay/Shimano. [Image: Peter Hewitt.]Reads: 999