Fifty-three boats hit Boondooma on the 1st of July for Round 4 of the BASSIN’ series, and the new starting system worked a treat with all competitors ready and in position on time.
With the dam sitting at 25% there had been much speculation about where and how the fish would be caught, but recent positive reports about ice jigs and lipless crankbaits had affected most people’s first lure of choice.
Most competitors headed up the dam with many boats choosing the weed banks along the edges or the ridges around Pelican Point with many Jackalls and spinnerbaits present. Meanwhile the dedicated ice jigging crew started the first of thousands of rod twitches in the deeper areas near the boat ramp or dam wall.
There were fish schooled up in various places, however the word ‘lockjaw’ was heard coming from far too many boats as they worked the groups of stubborn bass. At the end of the session only 28 competitors weighed in with only nine full bags of two.
Matthew Mott relied on his knowledge of the lake, emerging as the leader of the Seniors with a 1.5kg bag. Meanwhile Dylan ‘Mini’ Mott was leading the Juniors with a two fish, 1.17kg bag.
Through the second session two scenes became more common, the rooster tail of the faster boats changing spots in search of switched-on fish, and motored boats trolling slowly trying to discover a hidden purple patch. Trolling is allowed in the Daiwa BASSIN’ Series and has proven a valuable tactic for finding and scoring fish, and gives young anglers a break from cast and retrieve.
The crowd gathered early for the Saturday night Bassination session. Warm fire barrels knocked the chill off as the evening’s give-aways, and prizes were handed out.
On display was the ultimate lucky draw prize, which is available to anyone who competes in any round. The prize is an awesome looking Makocraft 390 Estuary Tracker Open boat and Makocraft trailer fitted out with a Minn Kota 55lb Maxxum bowmount, Humminbird Matrix 37 sounder and 25HP Yamaha 4-stroke. The boat package will be drawn from all competitors at the final round (see www.bassinqldseries.com.au for details).
Mike Delisser was the first to crack the fish on Day 2, with two bass in three casts on fly to start his morning with 2.14kg in the livewell. Call it complacency or camaraderie, but Mike spent the rest of the time helping his offsider instead of focusing on upgrading, and still pulled fourth place in the overall rankings.
A solid performance by Heath Craven in all three sessions earned him a 3.75kg total and second place. Top seeded Matthew Mott was this round’s Mr Consistency and secured the only 6/6 performance for a total of 4.21kg, and a firm hold on first place.
Dylan Mott produced another fish to secure his first place in the Juniors, and was once again a credit to his parents and his sponsors. Hayley Dakin meanwhile outfished her father in the last session to bring home a total of 2.14kg; winning the Sub-Junior category with style and a catch many were jealous of.
With $10,000 worth of prizes from the great range of sponsors, and the great way that all the top competitors shared their techniques, everyone walked away from this weekend with something. And it seemed that a smile was foremost amongst the free give-aways.
The next round of the Daiwa BASSIN’ Queensland Series will be held at Lake Somerset on 12-13 August. New entrants are welcome and eligible for prizes. Check www.bassinqldseries.com.au for details and BassinNews.
All Daiwa BASSIN’ Qld Series enquiries can be made to www.bassinqldseries.com.au or contact Dave Hislop on (07) 5497 9075 or 0428 630030. – Paul Martyna.
|Rod:||6’6” Black Diamond Crankbait|
|Line:||20lb Stealth 20lb Vanish leader|
|Lures:||Soft and hard Jackalls|
|Method:||Fished banks later in the morning casting lipless crankbaits to the pockets of weed and also hopping lures in 15-25ft of water|
|Rod:||7’2, 5kg Black Diamond Crankbait|
|Reel:||Daiwa TD Fuego|
|Line:||20lb Stren Super Braid and 20lb Vanish leader|
|Lures:||Nils Master ice jigs and Jackalls|