October 14 and 15 saw the picturesque township of Nelson on the Victorian and South Australian border transformed into a bustling hot spot filled with anglers and boats for the Glenelg Shire Glenelg River BREAM Classic.
The field of 48 teams, a new record, were all hoping to earn one of the last 15 spots to qualify for the 2006 Humminbird Vic BREAM Classic Invitational on November 25-26.
Day one’s fine morning conditions quickly turned sour as strong winds and heavy showers impacted on competitors’ ability to feel their own fingers.
Rumours had circulated that the fishing in the river was tough and anglers would have to travel up the river to find good numbers of fish, but this wasn’t the case for Saturday’s Berkley round one winners Chris Carson and Brett Carson from Team Nelson Boat Hire.
Chris and Brett went against the trend and headed down towards the mouth of the river and managed to land five fish for 3.68kg using a selection Berkley 6” Sandworms in natural, 3” Frys in watermelon, 4” Turtle Back Worms in watermelon and 3” Gulp Minnows in smelt.
Hot on their heels were Doug Phayer and Brad Hodge from Team S.E.M.A.S who weighed in five bream for 3.46kg.
The big story going into day two was the friendly grudge match between Team Humminbird and Team Portland Bait & Tackle. The scene was set for a huge charge at the leaders and each other with only 240g was separating the two teams.
The word on day two was that areas towards the bottom of the river that had produced fish the previous day had shut down completely. Teams that had headed to the mouth were also coming back with very empty live wells. When competition leaders Nelson Boat Hire only weighed in two fish for 1kg on Sunday it was clear that any team in the top ten could take out the win.
Using a combination of G.Loomis and Shimano T-Curve rods coupled with Shimano Sustain 1000, Twinpower 2500, Stella 2500 and Capricorn 2500 reels Shaun Clancy and Wayne Friebe of Team Humminbird had an excellent arsenal at their disposal to help target the Glenelg’s bream.
“We mainly used Eco-Gear SX40 hard body lures in colours 307, 309, 303, 339, 304 and 340 for the majority of the weekend, tied to a combination of 2, 3 and 4lb Berkley Crystal Fireline and 3 and 4lb Yamatoyo fluorocarbon leaders.
“Our method included casting to isolated structure and rocky banks around the Donovans and Taylors Strait area. It can be an expensive way to go fishing throwing hard bodies on such light line, but the results are worth it,” Wayne said.
Team Humminbird weighed in a day two bag of five bream for 2.58kg, which landed them second place with 10/10 fish for 5.08kg.
Team Portland Bait & Tackle’s Stuart McKinnon and Nathan McKernan used a combination of Rantall Custom Rods and Wilson Texalium Live Fibre rods matched with Penn Applause and Infinity reels to steal the top spot with a five fish bag weighing 3.48kg. This gave them a tournament winning 10/10 bag of 6.22kg. They also won the Berkley round one prize for the heaviest bag of bream weighed in on the Sunday.
“We cast Predatek Min Min hard body lures in the perch colour, Berkley Craws in the cam colour on Pigs-Jigs 1/48oz 1/0 hook jigheads, and 1/40oz 1/0 hook TT Hidden Weight System jig heads.
“Nath and I mainly fished from Simsons Landing to Taylors Strait casting to structure such as rock walls, cliff faces and reed beds using a slow retrieve. Using 4lb Berkley Crystal Fireline and light 3lb Yamatoyo leader material definitely increased our strike rate,” Stewie said.
Team Nelson Boat Hire won the Spotters Big Bream Prize for the 1.3kg bream that they weighed in on the Saturday. Cameron Whittam from Team Southern Star took out the $500 Anaconda Big Perch Prize with an awesome perch that weighed 2.12kg.
The top 40 teams will make their way to Metung on the Gippsland Lakes on 25-26 November for the 2006 Humminbird Vic BREAM Classic Invitational. It’s sure to be a huge event with some of the best local and interstate anglers competing on this magnificent water way. Bring the family to view the weigh in each day at 2pm on the spectacular Shimano Reef Science Tank. Register for the free raffle and you could win a MinnKota electric motor at Sunday’s presentation. For all enquires contact Bill Hartshorne on 0409 823 070 for visit www.vicbreamclassics.com.au . – VBC
|1||Portland Bait & Tackle||Nathan McKernan/Stuart McKinnon||10/10||6.22|
|2||Team Humminbird||Shaun Clancy/Wayne Friebe||10/10||5.08|
|3||No Idea||Jason Way/Mick Cleaver||9/10||4.94|
|4||Ray & Anne's Tackle||Bryan Johnson/Tom Hahn||10/10||4.84|
|5||W.H. Parker & Co||Steve Parker/Warwick Hamer||9/10||4.74|
|6||Nelson Boat Hire||Chris Carson/Brett Carson||7/10||4.68|
|7||S.E.M.A.S.||Doug Phayer/Brad Hodge||7/10||4.68|
|8||Southern Star||Matt Campbell/Cameron Whittam||10/10||4.48|
|9||Mack Attack||Barry Thomas/Graeme Taylor||9/10||4.24|
|10||The Grubs||Ken McCoombe/Stephen Theodore||9/10||3.9|