A record breaking 57 teams faced slow tides and rainy weather to contest the final round of the Berkley Summer Series.
The one day, teams events have had great support thanks to sponsorships from Berkley, Engel, Bias Boating Warehouse, Evinrude E-TEC, Mossops and Logan City Marine. And 15 Queensland teams are off to the Classics final in November to Port Macquarie.
Half-way through the day the fleet suffered a good soaking just to make it that bit tougher. In the end 51 teams weighed in at least one fish, and half the field brought in a full bag of five.
To grab first place Team Smith’s Kelvin William and Roderick Walmsley went back to their favourite grounds near the Casino. Their biggest fish came on Roderick’s first cast on a Towadi. With five fish in the well in the first hour they continued to upgrade throughout the day. Towadi’s accounted for 75% of their catches, along with Smith Camion deep diving dredges when the sun came up, Atomic Prongs and Gulp Minnows between pontoons.
Kelvin explained that their Smith Bayliner rods gave them the extra distance they needed.
“Getting a long cast with the light weight Towadi’s is pretty important; it gives you a chance to give the lure a good run before it gets too close and the boat spooks the fish,” he said.
The tournament’s 1.08kg Big Bream secured second place for Team Atomic’s Aaron Sharp and Robert March. The winners from round one concentrated on big fish and only caught five for the day. Heading 45 minutes north to the southern bay their better catches were on Atomic Prongs fished on surface.
Their technique is to cut back the head by about 1cm at a 30 angle and rigged unweighted so they skip along the surface. Aaron explained that the angle is important to give just the right amount of surface action to attract the bream looking for a prawn.
A special mention goes to Team Water Scorpion’s Ian and Ron Thorne who finally managed to get on the scoreboard at this event. Well done guys.
Series winner and third place on the day was Team Squidgies Craig Simmons and Kerry Symes. Robbed of the glory on the day by a scoring error, Team Squidgies consistent performance deserved the applause.
Craig and Kerry certainly put in the hard yards – using five or six different techniques and approaches throughout the long day.
The organisers Gary and Elliot Fooks offer their sincere apologies to Craig and Kerry. An error in round one scoring wasn’t fixed so this error compounded. Thanks to team captain Craig for taking it like the true sportsman he is. All the teams affected showed great sportsmanship and their positive attitudes were appreciated. – ABT
|Place||Team||Angler 1||Angler 2||Fish||Weight||Big Bream|
|1||Team Smith||Kelvin Williams||Roderick Walmsley||5||2.93|
|2||Team Atomic||Aaron Sharp||Robert March||5||2.86||1.08|
|3||Squidgie||Craig Simmons||Kerry Symes||5||2.53|
|4||Should be studying||Tristan Taylor||Dave McKenzie||5||2.46|
|5||QFM/Nova||Steve Morgan||Ash Bradnam||5||2.40|
|6||Evinrude Lowrance||Stephen Wilson||Sean Hanrahan||5||2.26|
|7||BJS Mossops||Peter Herbst||Arthur Hatziper||5||2.15|
|8||G.Loomis||Michael Horn||Willie Horn||5||2.01|
|9||Team Native||Anthony Duff||Cameron Watts||5||1.95|
|10||Team Daiwa||Dave Ward||Trevor Stead||5||1.88|