A field of 55 boats greeted an overcast and warm morning at Paradise Point for the first Queensland event of the 2007 BREAM season. A change from traditional tactics for many saw the Nerang ignored by a third of the field as they headed north for the day.
Gold Coast BREAM events have some golden rules. As always you need a 2kg bag to be in the money, very different tactics win each time and most come back with stories of plenty of fish – all undersized.
“I caught fifty fish but could only get a 1.6kg bag today,” said Peter Herbst of Mossops Tackle. Peter had been practicing consistently, had his spots marked and was predicted to finish well.
Team Atomic took out the $1,200 cheque for first place with a strong 2.7kg bag. Aaron Sharp explained they went north to Jumpinpin, casting over the weeds with Atomic Prongs on Gamakatsu worm hooks. “The clouds didn’t make a lot of difference – the surface bite was just as consistent after the sun came out.”
Team-mate Robert March attributed their success to their Nitro rod’s long castability and control over hooked fish.
Kelvin Williams and Roderick Walmsley’s 2.4kg bag took out second place and both anglers scored a new Engel rod.
A mangrove jack was a welcome bycatch for third place winners Ben and Julian Godfrey. The boys also secured the Big Bream with a 0.855kg fish landed a kilometre south of the start.
One of the reasons we like the Summer Series is that it’s a teams event. Husband and wife, father and son and first-timers make up most of the field. It was good to see experienced tournament anglers bring along a mate, including some first-timers.
“The Berkley Summer Series is the first event under our new format,” said ABT Director Steve Morgan.
“The one day teams events fill a popular spot on the BREAM anglers calendar so we are keen to support them with a teams final in November.”
The top five from each event will be invited to fight it out for a new Skeeter.
Engel are a top supporter and provide great fibreglass prizes for each team member in second and third. An Engel refrigerator will be a lucky draw prize at the end of the series.
Mossops tackle and BIAS Boating Warehouse vouchers are included in competitors’ bags and encouragement prizes for anglers who didn’t catch a fish courtesy of E-TEC and Logan Marine.
The Summer Series earlier 6am start didn’t deter the keen anglers – except for Team Big Red who admitted having a very late night and started 20 minutes after the rest of the field.
The Berkley Summer Series continues at the Tweed on Sunday 18 February and returns to Paradise Point on 25 March. - Gary Fooks
|1||Team Atomic||Aaron Sharp/Robert March||2.710||5/5|
|2||Smith||Kelvin Williams/Roderick Walmsley||2.400||5/5|
|3||Main Frame||Ben Godfrey/Julian Godfrey||2.100||5/5|
|4||Battery Traders||Steve Eldred/Warwick Lyndon||2.085||5/5|
|5||Budds Bush ‘n Beach||Robert Kwiatkowski/Anthony Wishey||2.070||5/5|