After starting the year with the now well established Victorian double-header, the Costa BREAM Series is set to end the year with another week long BREAMing road trip, except this time it’s the northerners turn to throw out the red carpet as the BREAM Series hits the ever popular Clarence River for the Austackle Clarence BREAM Qualifier, and the expansive waterways of the Gold Coast for the Berkley Gold Coast BREAM Qualifier.
The final two events will see the Grand Final qualification list finalised, where the top 40 boaters will battle it out for the title of Costa BREAM Grand Final Champion, and walk away with the ultimate reward, a brand new BassCat Sabre bass boat and Mercury 115hp four-stroke ProXS boat/motor/trailer package. There’s aruably not been a better equipped prize boat on offer in ABT’s illustrious history, and a 1/40 shot at a prize like this is almost definitely worth the effort. A late season double-header gives anglers a chance to notch up some valuable AOY points in an effort to gain a late qualification to BREAM fishing’s greatest event. No doubt there will be plenty of anglers lined up at the start line for these two events with this firmly planted in the back of their minds.
These two events are also going to decide our Power-Pole BREAM Angler of the Year award, and what a race we have on our hands. With currently a four way tie for the lead on 380 points, and anglers like Cam Whittam and Kris Hickson not far behind it’s going to come down to the last hour of the last tournament to see who’s going to walk away with the hardest title to win in Australian tournament fishing.
The race for the non-boater Power-Pole BREAM Angler of the Year is also heating up. With current leader Grayson Fong not competing in the last two tournaments, it gives anglers chasing such as Bernard Kong and Blake O’Grady a chance to claw their way back to the top. Or will someone like Stuart Walker, who’s already notched two victories this year surpass Fong and find himself AOY champion? Only time will tell.
The Gold Coast and Clarence River pose a series of hurdles for competing anglers to jump in order to achieve success on the highest level. A tricky post-winter bite is set to make things interesting on the Gold Coast, with rumours of great top water fishing already filtering through. While another annual boating event set for the same weekend on the Clarence will make what is normally a popular venue even more busy, will community holes like Browns Rocks and Middle Wall hold up with the added pressure? Or will someone find success out on their own?
Stay tuned to www.abt.org.au and Australian Bass Tournaments on Facebook over the next week and a half to find out. Livestreams for both events can be found on the ABT website by clicking the Livestream button on the right hand side of the page on desktop devices, or by scrolling ¾ down the page on mobile devices. Livestream will be running from 2pm each tournament day.