This year’s second Gold Coast Da$h 4 Ca$h attracted an elite field of bream anglers keen to chase the winter spawn bite.
It was great to see 18 of the 20 teams return with full bags of five fish, giving quite a few teams a chance to take out the cash.
But there can only be one winner and the big money was taken out by Team TT Lures/Australian Tournament Anglers Alliance. Team members Darren ‘Dizzy’ Borg and Tracey Mammen fished the ‘Pin area and snared an impressive 3.475kg bag.
The team was quick to net five fish early in the day including the tournaments biggest bream caught, weighing in at 1.025kg. They then spent the day chasing upgrade fish by moving from spot to spot.
They landed plenty of bream with this strategy and were able to pick off the odd bigger fish to upgrade their bag.
The pairing worked Berkley Gulp 2” prawns on TT Jigheads in varying weights from 1/8 – 1/16 depending on depth and current. When the fish were bite shy they dropped down to 2lb leader to entice a reaction.
Team Megabass, consisting of Tristan Taylor and David McKenzie, drew the number one key tag and used this advantage to ensure they were first to the grounds surrounding Sovereign Island.
In their first hours of fishing the boys scored great numbers and they too had a bag early in the day.
This success spurred a strategy change; the team moved within metres of the finishing line to fish pontoons in search of upgrade fish.
It was grandstand fishing for those of us on the bank, who watched on as the duo upgraded four times in 30 minutes. The team finished up with a 3.235kg bag, proving you don’t have to travel big distances to get big fish.
Taking out third place were Chris Britton and Rob Kwiatkowski of Team Berkley/Pflueger/BushnBeach who weighed in a very respectable 3.16kg bag.
A big thank-you to TT Lures who sponsored the Big Bream category by donating a $500 lure and jighead pack. TT’s sponsored angler, Darren Borg, did catch the biggest fish however he kindly put the prize back up for grabs.
There were quite a number of contenders weighing in bream over the 800g mark but Michael Maas from Team Honda took out the prize with a 875g bream caught from the ‘Pin area.
Thanks to Steve ‘Wizard’ Wilson for organising the two Da$h 4 Ca$h comps this year. Steve is open to your feedback and suggestions regarding the format and other details, so if you have any ideas for next year be sure to have a chat with him.
Also a big thank-you to the Gold Coast Sport Fishing Club and club members for your support and use of facilities.
Don’t forget the Gold Coast Flathead Classic Sept 29-Oct 2. This tournament is a must-do for the fishing but also the overall event experience. Go to www.flatheadclassic.com.au for registration.
Once again thank-you to TT Lures, please remember to support the sponsors that support you.
PlaceTeamAngler 1Angler 2FishWeight (kg)
|1||TT Lures/ATAA||Darren Borg||Tracey Mammen||5/5||3.475|
|2||Mega Bass||Tristan Taylor||David McKenzie||5/5||3.235|
|3||Berkley/Pflueger/BushnBeach||Chris Britton||Rob Kwiatkowski||5/5||3.160|
|4||Couran cove holidays/PAWS||Mick Torley||Arthur Hatzipetrou||5/5||3.035|
|5||Honda||Michael Maas||Chris Maas||5/5||3.010|
|6||Triton Boats/ Nitro Marine||Scott Butler||Scott Platell||5/5||2.810|
|7||Anders||Financial||Greg Byrne||Ben Cronk||5/5||2.725|
|8||Sunline/Mario||Trent Short||Ben Godfrey||5/5||2.700|
|9||Bush n Beach/Berkley/Yamaha||Anthony Wishey||Ben Collins||5/5||2.655|
|10||Team Diesel Leaders||Lucas Stylianou||Wade Lofthouse||5/5||2.435|