Sussex Classic attracts 35 teams
  |  First Published: August 2008

The Sussex Inlet Bream Classic on July 5 and 6 at St Georges Basin attracted a top field of 35 teams to compete for their share of the prize pool.

The 7am start on Saturday was in perfect conditions with a very slight breeze and clear skies.

At the end of day one the lead team was Camden Crash, Tony Downie and Glen Hayter, with a lead of over 600g from Team Squidgy, Chris Cleaver and Bill Harayannis, with Team Brimn, Grant Kime and Scott Brown third.

Camden Crash targeted the shallows, fishing in less than 2m of water with 2” Gulp Sandworms. It was about mid session when Tony hooked the mother of bream at 1.645kg, which would give him the biggest bream of the tournament.

Team Squidgy fished in around 3m of water with Squidgy 100mm Bloodworm Wrigglers and Lobbies.

Sunday was another great morning as the boats headed out and in this session the fish seemed to bite right through the full seven hours, whereas the previous day there was an early morning peak bite.

At the final weigh-in it was team Psycraft, Wal Balzan and Steve Gill, who shot to the lead to claim the $2000 winner’s cheque after starting the morning fourth. Their bag total for the weekend was an excellent 8.415kg.

The consistent Camden Crash, with 8.07kg, were second and Team Squidgy third with 7.44kg.

Balzan and Gill targeted all their fish in around 8m of water and were reluctant to disclose their methods and tackle. The other placegetters went to the spots they fished the previous day and repeated their techniques.

This is always a great comp and is run excellently by the crew from the Sussex Family Fishing Carnival – Russell, John, Neville and their helpers.

I always look forward to fishing there in Winter for those excellent bream.

– Dave McLean

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