The first tournament of the 16th season of the ABT BREAM Series, kicks off February 18-19 with the BKK Mallacoota BREAM Qualifier hosting Australia’s best bream anglers to start the 2017 Costa BREAM Series.
The now well established Victorian road trip, begins this year in Mallacoota before finishing on one of the trickiest locations the tour visits year in year out, the vast and perplexing Gippsland Lakes for the Mercury Gippsland BREAM Qualifier.
With a stacked entry list 60 boats strong, Mallacoota will again play host to one of the biggest tournament fields of the year with records broken at each of the last two Mallacoota events for sheer numbers of pristine conditioned black bream hitting the scales.
2016 saw one of the most popular guys on tour take the honours in his backyard, with Victorian breamer Cameron Whittam getting enough nibbles to sack up 10/10 8.56kg limit and pinch out fast starting Jamie Mckeown by 190grams. By all accounts, the fishing is just as good as it was one year ago, and we can be sure of a mix of both the quality bream that Victoria’s coast is famous for, as well as the vast numbers of fish since Mallacoota became a recreational fishing haven almost 15 years ago in 2003.
Fittingly, Mallacoota was the location for BKK to first fly their flag as they handed each angler sample packs of treble hooks at the start of the 2015 BREAM Qualifier, so it’s only fitting that Mallacoota be the event that BKK put their name on as event naming sponsor. This year, BKK are introducing their Super Slide hook finish, making hook points penetrate easier than ever before.
From Mallacoota, anglers will travel further south, into pristine breaming country past the likes of Lake Tyers, the Bemm River and Marlo, onto the township of Metung for the Mercury Gippsland Lakes BREAM Qualifier. For what is traditionally always one of the more challenging tournaments throughout the year, the Gippsland Lakes also have potential like none other. Just ask locals Warren Carter and Cameron Whittam, who on multiple occasions have put together 6kg bags both individually, and together in teams tournaments.
There’s few other venues in Australia with the legitimate potential of 6kg bags, and Gippsland leads the field undoubtedly. Last year, we saw Brad Hodges claim victory fishing the North Arm contrary to most, who choose to focus their efforts in the basin proper, at one of the river mouths or as far south as Holland’s Landing. Consistency is key in the Gippsland Lakes, and it’s just as easy to come back empty handed, as it is to come back with a kilo plus average. Put two consistent bags together on this system and you’ll be rewarded more often than not.
It’s still not too late to enter for either tournament, if you’re interested in attending, entry forms can be found online HERE or you can ring the ABT offices on (07) 3387 0888.