With the announcement of the Hobie BREAM Kayak Grand Final at Forster in two months time, the results from this NSW State Title tournament is sure to be a good indicator.
Stewart Dunn, a 34 year carpenter from Sydney, not only qualified with his victory but stamped his authority on the field with a kilo-plus win. Heading into day two in second place with 3/3, 1.68kg, Dunn’s day two bag was the heaviest of the tournament. The 3/3, 2.41kg bag included the event’s 1.19kg Boss Hog Big Bream.
Dunn’s arsenal included a Silstar Flick Stick matched to a Shakespeare Deceiver reel spooled with 3lb Stren braid and 6lb Sunline FC leader.
With no prefish on the Friday, Dunn headed down the main channel and started fishing the weed beds. Using a Squidgy Lobby rigged on a resin head, he used long wind assisted casts into 1ft of water before working a fast retrieve across the surface with a momentary pause.
“If the bream didn’t hit on the first pause, I would wind in and cast again,” Dunn said.
Day two saw him return to the location by pulling out his Hobie kayak’s Mirage Drive and rudders to get into the extra shallow water. It was here that he landed the event’s Boss Hog big bream.
“Bringing the fish towards the kayak, I could see it had its mouth open and the lure was just hanging there. It was definitely a nervous moment,” said Dunn.
With the abundance of weed in the shallows his live well pump soon clogged up and by 11am Dunn had upgraded his bag and set off early to the weigh in.
“This win means I qualify for the Grand Final, so I am keen to return and compete,” Dunn said.
Runner up in the NSW State title tournament was St Georges Basin victor Peter Woods.
Using a 6’6” Starlo Stix 2-4kg matched to a Shimano 1000 Twin Power with 6lb Crystal Fireline and 10lb FC Rock, Woods used the familiar Rebel Teeny Pop R in clear/red head.
Woods fished the weed beds 1km upstream from the location known as the Step for the two days concentrating his efforts in the 1-2ft depth.
Using wind assisted casts, Woods worked an erratic retrieve with a pause every 2m.
“On the first day I had my three fish limit by 7.15am. For the first hour of day two, I was only catching long toms until the tide pushed enough water over the weed beds,” said Woods.
However, only bringing two fish to the weigh master didn’t hurt Woods as his bream were 35cm and 36cm to the fork, scoring him 1.65kg and $500 plus a prize pack for his second place.
The Forster Hobie BREAM Kayak round was held in conjunction with the Minn Kota BREAM Megabucks drawing a large crowd each day to the weigh ins and all interested in the newest form of tournament fishing.
The series now moves to Marlo, VIC before rounding out at Camden Haven, NSW. The $50 entry fee per day and onsite registration make the tournaments an easy introduction to getting on the water and catching some bream.
For further information visit www.bream.com.au or ph ABT on 07 3387 0888.
|1||Stewart Dunn||6/6||4.09||$750 + $100 Boss Hog (1.19kg)|
|5||Greg Lewis||6/6||2.69||$250 + $250 1st Pro|
|6||Scott Baker||5/6||2.31||$100 + $100 2nd Pro|