The township of Metung played host to the Club Marine East Gippsland Bream Classic on 16/17 June. The 46 teams of keen bream anglers were greeted with beautiful clear skies and only a light breeze. However, these great conditions did not last and a sudden cold snap and impending floods shut the bream down and most anglers struggled to collect their bag limit. Despite the awesome Gippsland Lakes reputation for bream fishing, only 28 bream were weighed in from 92 anglers.
Although the conditions were unbelievably tough, some anglers managed to land those few crucial fish that got them onto the top-ten leader board. Stephen Duff and Rick Massie, of Team Tica/Strike-Pro, managed to land an admirable 1.54kg bream on Day One. They soon backed this up on Day Two with a solid bag of two bream for 1.66kg to give them the overall victory with a total bag of three fish for 3.20kg.
The Day One conditions proved too harsh for some of the anglers with only 10 bream weighing-in. Taking out the Saturday Berkley Round 1 prize pack was Team Doma’s Damien and Zig Domagala, who weighed in two bream for 1.98kg. They were followed closely by Team Tica Strike Pro who, thanks to Rick Massie, weighed in one cracking 1.54kg bream to keep them in contention. After drowning their sorrows on the Saturday night, many competitors were at a loss as to what they should be doing differently to get those stubborn bream to bite.
Heading to Toms Creek on the Sunday, Stephen Duff and Rick Massie managed to find a water temperature of 11.5oC. Using a combination of Strike Pro pygmy hard-body lures, Juro long-tailed minnows in red rum on a 1/16oz jig-head attached to Climax Braid and Frogs Hair fluorocarbon leaders 1.5kg they managed to pull two solid fish. This gave them the Club Marine East Gippsland Shire crown victory with their 3.2kg bag. Their set-ups where all Tica rods and reels consisting of Taurus, Splendor and Libra reels, matched to Tica Crispex rods. Stephen Duff also used his own new prototype rods from Tica, due to be in tackle stores soon.
An honourable mention has to go to Team SSBB’s Phil Smallman and Sing Ling who took out the Sunday Berkley Round Two prize with an impressive one day bag of three fish for 3.2kg, but just missed out on taking the victory (count-back). On a positive note, the boys are now equal leaders for the Club Marine Team of the Year Award. This shows their consistent performances this year.
The Eco-Gear Big Bream was taken on Sunday by Team Dead Ducks Daryl Baird and Bradley Lestrange with an impressive black bream pulling the scales down to 1.76kg.
The fourth and final qualifying round of the 2007 Humminbird Vic Bream Classic Series will be the Hooked-On Rods & Reels Sungold Milk Bream Classic held on the Hopkins river Warrnambool. Entries for the event are already full, but with it being the last chance to qualify for the final and with such a close race to be crowned the first Club Marine Team Of The Year it is sure to be a cracking event. Feel free to come along and watch the weekend unfold.
- Bill Hartshorne
|Day One||Day Two||Total|
|1||Tica/Strike Pro||Stephen Duff||1||1.54kg||2||1.66kg||3||3.20kg|
2Team SSBBPhil Smallman00.00kg33.20kg33.20kg
3Dead DucksDaryl Baird21.28kg11.76kg33.04kg
4Team DomaZig Domagala21.98kg10.86kg32.84kg
5Team MercurySteve Joy00.00kg21.86kg21.86kg
6Team BerkleyShane Dyason00.00kg31.74kg31.74kg
7Hank HuntersLucas Smith10.93kg10.74kg21.67kg
8Mitchell Fishing Aaron Dyer11.40kg00.00kg11.4kg
9That’s FishingKen McCoombe00.00kg11.26kg11.26kg