The final round of the Victorian leg of the 2006 Ford Courier BREAM Series finished in fitting style at the G.Loomis Gippsland Lakes BREAM Challenge on March 25-26. It was Chris ‘Slick’ Wright who claimed victory, setting a new 10/10 tournament record with his outstanding 11.30kg limit.
Sharing in the spoils of record setting was day one leader and second place boater Michael Rantall, who claimed the biggest 5/5 fish bag on day one with his staggering 6.34kg limit.
Chris Wright spent the majority of his tournament fishing the Paynesville area, made popular at his 2005 Grand Final victory.
Wright largely used the same approach and presentation to tempt the bream as he did in the Grand Final in 2005. This involved casting his Ecogear SX-40 (green back with silver side) crankbait past the structure, before retrieving it back to the strike zone with a series of rips. These were interspersed with a series of pauses, including the all-important one close to structure that had the lure hanging in the bream’s face.
The other important tactic was the application of Dizzy Scent Wax, a wax-based additive that provided the lure with just the right level of buoyancy required to draw a strike.
“Claiming the record is fantastic,” Chris said. “It’s just a shame that I had take to take it off my good mate Bushy.”
The achievement now sees Wright hold the title of the biggest bream in an ABT BREAM event (1.99kg), and the biggest two-day limit (11.30kg) in an ABT BREAM event.
The champion non-boater title was claimed by Victorian local and ABT Vic tournament regular Tim Atkins of Sandringham. Fishing with Shane ‘Bunga’ Dyason on day one and Mark Gercovich on day two, Atkins compiled a 6/10, 6.7kg limit to secure his first tournament win for the year.
Fishing the Paynesville and New Lands Arm area on day one and the flats at the front of the Tambo and Mitchell Rivers on day two, Atkins used a combination of soft plastics and hard bodies to fill his well each day.
Under the jetties at Paynesville, Atkins’ gun lure was a 3” Berkley Realistic Minnow (watermelon), while the hot lure out on the flats was an Ecogear SX-40 in a natural translucent colour.
The presentation saw Atkins weigh in one of the bigger bags on day two, a fantastic 5/5, 5.64kg limit.
For more information on BREAM events visit www.bream.com.au or phone ABT on (07) 3268 3992 or 0427 32 64 64 during business hours. – ABT
NON BOATER RESULTS