The Southern Bream Series (SBS) Grand Final was held at St Georges Basin on October 11-12, run and sponsored by the Basin Lure and Fly Anglers Inc.
Saturday morning greeted the top 40 boating teams and top 15 kayak competitors with warm conditions and clear skies, with the same on Sunday. A total pre-fish ban had been in place from midnight Friday October 3 until commencement of fishing, giving all competitors a level playing field and hopefully the return of many full bags.
Day 1 results saw Team Compleat Angler Batemans Bay/Shimano in first place with a 5/5 bag @ 3.73kg. In second place was Team BRIMN with a 5/5 bag @ 3.39kg, third was Team ABU Garcia with a 5/5 bag @ 3.01kg, fourth was Team Stealth Blades with a 5/5 bag @ 2.98kg, and fifth was Team Tonic Eyewear/FG Blades with a 5/5 bag @ 2.94kg.
Day 2 saw the final winner in the boating section Team BRIMN with Grant Kime and Brad Balding deliver a 10/10 bag totalling an amazing 6.86kg. Second went to the Team Compleat Angler Batemans Bay/Shimano, with Jason Mayberry and Terry Parmenter weighing a 10/10 bag totalling 6.60kg. Third went to Team Stealth Blades with Peter and Phil Cook presenting a 10/10 bag totalling 6.58kg. Fourth went to Team Tonic Eyewear/FG Blades with Matt Starr and Damien Skeen and a 10/10 bag totalling 6.48kg, and fifth was Team Breamski with Steve Nedeski and Jarrod Lye with a 10/10 bag totally 6.20kg.
In the boating section, 17 teams achieved their full bag of 10 fish over the 2-day event, and there were a total of 286 fish for a combined weight of 153.08kg from 80 anglers.
Mark Taylor took out the Lowrance Big Bream prize with a respectable 1.070kg fish.
The cash payouts for the top 5 were: first $8,550, second $3,750, third $2,000, fourth $1,300 and fifth $900.
Day 1 for the kayaks had Team Totally Immersed Watersports’ Shane Taylor first with a 3/3 bag @ 1.75kg, second was Gamakatsu/Atomic’s Andrew Death with a 3/3 bag @ 1.74kg, and third was Team Lox Rods’ Stewart Dunn with a 3/3 bag @ 1.64kg.
Day 2 saw the final winner Team Gamakatsu/Atomic’s Andrew Death with a bag of 6/6 totalling a very impressive 4.73kg. Second went to Team Totally Immersed Watersports’ Shane Taylor with a bag of 6/6 totalling 3.81kg, and third went to Team Mylureshop.com ’s Scott Marcinkowski with a bag of 6/6 totalling 3.16kg.
In the kayak section there were a total of 68 fish for a combined weight of 36.17kg, caught by 15 anglers.
Andrew Death took out the Lowrance Big Bream prize with a solid 1.740kg fish.
The cash payouts for the top 3 were: first $1,900, second $1,100 and third $800.
We would like to thank all the competitors and sponsors: Lowrance, Shimano, Fishing World, Tonic Eyewear, Searing Tackle/Damiki, Custom Lure Art, Skeeter Boats/Power Pole, Hobie Fishing, BCF, Totally Immersed Watersports, Lox Rods, Asakura Lures and STG Graphics.
A big thank you to all that entered and showed their continued support for this great series. It got bigger and better as every round passed, and the positive feedback was greatly appreciated. Next year will be another beauty and we look forward to seeing everyone again, as well as any new competitors who would like to take part in this friendly series.
Some Interesting Statistics
127 registered boating teams with 281 competitors
2132 bream caught, for a total weight of 1238.235kg
50 registered kayak competitors
397 bream caught for a total weight of 254.74kg
Total cash and prizes paid out: $96,973
— Ian Phillips
|Place||Team||Anglers||Day 1||Day 2||Total|
|1||Brim’n||Grant Kime/Brad Balding||5/5, 3.39kg||5/5, 3.47kg||10/10, 6.86kg|
|2||CA Batemans Bay/Shimano||Jason Mayberry/Terry Parmenter||5/5, 3.73kg||5/5, 2.87kg||10/10, 6.60kg|
|3||Stealth Blades||Peter Cook/Phil Cook||5/5, 2.98kg||5/5 3.60kg||10/10, 6.58kg|
|4||Tonic Eyewear/FG Blades||Matt Starr/Damien Skeen||5/52.94kg||5/5, 3.54kg||10/10, 6.48kg|
|5||Breamski||Steve Nedeski/Jarrod Lye||5/5, 2.69kg||5/5, 3.51kg||10/10, 6.20kg|
Andrew Death and his super impressive 1.740kg bream that helped him secure the Lowrance Big Bream prize in the kayak section. Pic courtesy of Peter Hewitt.
Mark ‘Tubby’ Taylor with the best bream of the final in the boating section at 1.070kg. Pic courtesy of Peter Hewitt.
Brad Balding of Team BRIMN with part of their 10/10 bag of 6.86kg. Pic courtesy of Peter Hewitt.
Jason Mayberry and Terry Parmenter fished hard for a first and second over the two days. Pic courtesy of Peter Hewitt.
Winners of the Southern Bream Series Grand Final, 2014. Pic courtesy of Peter Hewitt.Reads: 1223