The sixth annual Port Macquarie BREAM Classic produced another strong contest.
Unlike previous years, the Hastings River didn’t get a deluge of rain a few weeks prior, so competitors had crystal-clear water in the lower reaches and decent-coloured water right up to Wauchope.
With all competitors agreeing conditions would be tough, it was evident that local knowledge and skill would be essential and local teams duly dominated.
Father-son team Rod and Mitchell Jordan, Team Rack Raider, took out the title, putting themselves in the hunt on day one. Although they had only four fish in their bag, but it was enough to give them second place.
On day two they proved most consistent with a limit bag to claim the top prize with a 9/10 bag totalling 4.655kg.
They pair consistently fished 2lb and 3lb fluorocarbon all the way through to 2” disco pink Berkley Baby Shrimps rigged weedless on Mustad hooks.
These light line tactics proved very productive in the oyster racks and baskets in Big Bay.
The Koolabung Lures team of Eddie Studman and Mark Saxon, who fished around Rawdon Island with Koolabung Rackraider lures to snare an 8/10 limit weighing 3.88kg, took out second place
Third place went to the Port Macquarie Tackle/Daiwa pairing of Wayne Bale and Jeff Brunsdon who on day 2 stormed home from 11th. They fished lots of different spots and primarily used Cranka vibes and Berkley Shrimps rigged on hidden weights.
Taree angler Josh Mathews took out the Michael Styles Earthmoving Big Bream with a lovely 840g fish caught in Limeburners Creek.
The tournament was a huge success and the organisers to thank all the sponsors for their support and ensuring a great event for all involved. Sponsors were: Port Macquarie Tackle, Mid Coast Marine, Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park, Shimano, Squidgy, Atomic, Gamakatsu, Berkley, Port Macquarie Holidays, Damiki, Daiwa, Cranka and Michael Styles Earthmoving.
– David PoultonReads: 2017