The Club Marine Gold Coast Super Series Event was held in superb conditions on Aug 10-12. Taking home the $10,000 top prize cheque was local lad Ben Godfrey. He averaged over 3kg bags across the three days of competition.
In only his second competition as a boater, Ben worked his way to the front of the pack after his second day bag of 3.45kg – the heaviest of the event. With a 400g lead on the final day, Godfrey needed to plug away and get his five fish and hope the likes of AFC anglers Darren Borg and Tim Morgan didn’t find that Gold Coast kicker fish.
Having previously qualified for the Teams Grand Final in Port Macquarie, Godfrey was over the moon to be able to qualify for the ABT Grand Final in Lake Macquarie.
“I am always keen to fish new waters,” he said. Making it through to the top ten shootout was a bit of a shock for the young angler, but he believes it was a great experience.
Godfrey used a G.Loomis 7’ rod matched to a Daiwa Sol 2000 reel spooled with 2lb Berkley Crystal Fireline and 3lb Yamatoyo leader. Collating his bag early using Berkley 2” Shrimp in nuclear chicken and lime tiger and Berkley 3” Minnows in mouldy cheese and malibu blue. Godfrey then chose to upgrade his plastics, moving to the Berkley 3” Shrimp in new penny and 4” Minnow in lime tiger. He was able to find his bream on the southern seaway wall.
“You had to stick to the bottom,” Godfrey explained. “Varying the TT jigheads between 1/12oz and 1/4oz weights, it was either a snag or a fish,” he continued.
Taking second place and $5000 for the weekend was Ecogear rep Gavin Dunne. Gavin used a Nories 680 MS rod with a Shimano Sephia 2500 reel spooled with 4lb Berkley Fireline and 6lb Yamatoyo fluorocarbon.
Using a combination approach, Gavin threw the new Ecogear VX35 vibration bait and the 2” and 3” imitation prawn soft plastics rigged on Nitro 1/8-1/4oz jigheads.
Spending the three days fishing around the ‘Pin, Dunne spent most of his time fishing a coffee rock ledge at the mouth of Swan Bay, and the inside of Crusoe Island.
With his eyes glued to the sounder, Dunne looked for schooled arches in 20-45ft. “I would drop the plastic down and with little rod tip action, I would drag the plastic along the bottom,” he explained.
“If I felt a snag, I would simply lift the rod. I think the key to the tentative bite was to use stinger hooks towards the back of the plastic,” he continued.
The Non Boater title went to Peter Kelleher fishing a deep bite all weekend, firstly at the ‘Pin and then around the seaway.
Using an Angler Stealth DCX 840 rod, Shimano Sustain 2000 reel and 4lb Berkley Fireline and Vanish leader. He also found success on the popular Berkley 2” Shrimp in molting and natural rigged on a 1/4oz or 1/6oz TT jighead.
The $500 GoSo Big Bream was captured on day one by South Australian angler Craig Ellis. The 1.31kg specimen fell to a Berkley 2” Shrimp in natural and was lured from the north wall of the seaway.
With only Port River qualifier left before the 2007 Ford Ranger Grand Final, the year is quickly coming to a close. Ben Godfrey’s Gold Coast win proves that the pathway established in the ABT can help the beginning angler climb the ladder and score a title that many dream of.
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