ABT has released their tournament schedule for 2004 and the season looks to be the biggest and best yet with an expansion in the BREAM, BASS Pro and BASS Electric series.
The 2004 fishing year promises to be the best yet, with more tournaments, more prizes and the release of a top-level made-for-TV tournament fishing show on Channel 10, starting 4th January.
2003 saw some new champions emerge from the ranks. Firstly, Chris Metcalfe followed up his second Queensland AOY crown in the BREAM events with a come-from-behind win in the Quintrex BREAM Grand Final at Batemans Bay.
A couple of weeks later, Jason Ehrlich staged a similar comeback in the Yamaha BASS Pro Final to take that title. Congratulations to both for topping a growing pool of talented anglers.
So what’s new for 2004?
BREAMers will notice that NSW has been split into two divisions to cater for the rapid rise in popularity of bream fishing there. BREAM non-boaters will love the fact that they are now incorporated into the Grand Final, with a second, entry level boat package to be won.
At the other end of the scale, the MegaBREAM at Forster is sure to please, as is the BREAM Teams Challenge to be held in Sydney in conjunction with the 4WD and Fishing Show in March which will bring BREAM fishing to the biggest live audience yet.
Entry level BREAM Classics will fill in the gaps, offering BREAMers even more choice in locations possibly as varied as South Australia to Darwin.
The Yamaha BASS Pro series grows from strength to strength, and the 2004 calendar offers four qualifying events as a route to the Grand Final. For the first time, competitors can drop their worst finish, with their top three results counting towards their AOY standings. Two events in NSW and two in Queensland offer a combination of scheduling options to maximise competitors’ opportunities to fish.
Splitting from the Yamaha BASS Pro series this year, the MotorGuide BASS Electric series has grown to 12 events across three states. These one-day tournaments culminate in the inaugural MotorGuide BASS Electric Convention in September. Two sessions of fishing and a session of fun will make this a must-attend for any competitors finishing in the top five places this year.
Broadening the rules to allow two competitors per boat in the MotorGuide BASS Electrics allows mates to fish together and experienced anglers to take out newcomers. – Steve Morgan, Director, ABT
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