It was a breezy start to the MotorGuide BASS Electric qualifying event at Lake Gregory. With a field of 28 anglers competing for their chance to fish in the upcoming BASS Electric Convention, entrants knew the competition would be hot.
All but five anglers brought fish in for weighing, with the rest bagging out and few more upgrading many times. The event winner was a very happy Rob Bartlett, with two bass weighing in 2.70kg. Rob's successful technique was slow rolling a jighead-rigged Squidgy Fish plastic in the Silver Fox colour around the weed edges and drop-offs. He also hopped it with plenty of pauses – not unlike a bream retrieve, he told me.
Second place went to Adrian Kampf, who anchored his 2.2kg bag with the Angler Rods’ Big Fish for the day of 1.65kg. Adrian also fished the edges, and that’s where the big one came from.
Making up the rest of the top five qualifiers were Drew Cullen, Mark Prasser and Chris Brignal – all with similar techniques, working the weed edges with plastics and spinnerbaits.
We also welcomed the Bundaberg Sportfishing Club to the weigh-in. They are the group responsible for stocking this great lake, they were on hand to measure and tag the bass as they were released. In total, 34 bass were tagged, ranging from 31.4cm to 48.5cm, and they were all released in good condition. The information gathered will be used for checking growth rates and population dynamics.
Unfortunately, just as the presentation started a storm blew through making it all but impossible to gather any more info from the anglers as they all ran for cover!
I would like to thank those who gave me a hand on the day, Adam Turner and also Pauline Head who had a two fish 1.6kg bag – a clear 1.1kg more than husband, Mark. Better luck next time Mark! - Jason Medcalf
|1. Rob Bartlett||2||2.70||Pack + Qualify|
|2. Adrian Kampf||2||2.20||Pack + Qualify|
|3. Drew Cullen||2||2.14||Pack + Qualify|
|4. Mark Prasser||2||2.11||Pack + Qualify|
|5. Chris Brignall||2||2.04||Pack + Qualify|
|6. Peter Mulhall||2||2.00|
|7. Nathan Leather||2||1.90|
|8. Scott Bromly||2||1.80|
|9. Pauline Head||2||1.60|
|10. Tim Steenhuis||2||1.50|