Ten boats and 17 anglers attended the second BASS electric competition at Lake Macdonald on Sunday September 7.
As expected, the fishing was hard as the lake is still recovering from the massive fish loss during the floods of last year. Many undersized fish were caught and released, but seven legal fish were brought in to be weighed.
The only angler to weigh in two fish was winner Shane Anderson from Bundaberg. Shane caught a legal bass early in the piece then found a hot bite late in the morning. Landing a total of twenty fish, five legal and the rest undersized, Shane used a Loomis 783 Crankbait rod to cast a ghost Wakasagi Jackall to the deeper water close to the weed edge in the Borer Creek Bay area.
Shane’s successful technique was to allow the lure to sink down the face of the weeds then do a slow retrieve. Shane also took out the Big Bass prize with his fish of 0.879kg.
Blackbutt teacher Paul Holmberg, with a bass of 0.791kg, took out second place and qualified for the up coming Electric Convention. Paul used various Jackalls cast to the weed edge with a slow retrieve. He was armed with a 2-5kg Strudwick Pro rod and a Daiwa reel.
Regular competitor and qualifier Jesper Noiesen claimed third place with a 0.766kg bass caught on a Little Max 1/2oz blade. Jesper fished the Three Ways area, releasing five undersized bass before landing his legal fish.
Fourth place went to Dean Buchanan from Gympie. Dean’s catch of one bass of 0.657kg was enough to get him into the Convention also.
Fifth place, and claiming the last convention qualification, went to female angler Kerrie Jones from Nambour. Kerrie weighed in a 0.607kg bass caught on a TT spinnerbait cast to the weed edge in the Gazebo Bay area. Kerrie was excited to have qualified for the convention and hopes husband Kevin will teach her to operate the boat in time.
At the presentation, anglers enjoyed the regular sausage sizzle supplied by local stocking group president Jim Park. And organisers Mark Pertot and Mal Favager are more than happy to be there early to get things happening. – ABT