Stubborn bass at Macdonald
  |  First Published: September 2004

A MAGNIFICENT winters’ day greeted competitors in Round 11 of the BASS Electric Series held at Lake MacDonald in late July. While the day was perfect the bass didn’t cooperate particularly well, which made things a little difficult for the competitors. During a long fishing session from 7am to 1pm, only nine bass were brought to the weighmaster, which is tough going considering 35 or more keen fishos were in the hunt. In the end, Buderim plasterer Ashley Holznagel won the event with a limit of two quality bass taken in Borer Creek. Ashley’s two-fish limit totalled 4.25kg, blitzing the rest of the field.

Second place went to keen local Jono Bain who pulled a very respectable bass of 1.11kg early in the piece. Despite hundreds more casts, Jono failed to connect to another fish.

Another local, young Matt Flett, came in at third with a good bass of 1.06kg. As usual, the local club/stocking group put on a feed for the competitors, some of which chose to use the waterfront accommodation at the Scout Camp. Mark Pertot performed the weighmaster duties admirably and seemed to enjoy handing out an extensive prize list at the completion of fishing. All in all, the competition was great fun and the conditions couldn’t have been better. Let’s hope the fish are more responsive next time!


Borumba has been fishing slowly but things will be on the improve by September. Warmer conditions should bring some worthy saratoga on the chew and the resident bass should be full steam ahead by then too. Trolling the steep drop-offs can be productive at the beginning of spring. Casting the drowned timber and rocky edges will also bring good results. Finding warm water is the key to success so a good sounder is an important part of the equation.

1) Keen local anglers Shae Gargan and Zac Vuister with the fruits of their labour on Cooroy’s infamous Lake MacDonald!

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