40 anglers from Victoria, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory headed to Bateman’s Bay and the Clyde River systems on the South Coast of NSW to compete in JML Anglers Alliance Round 6 of Hobie Kayak Bream Series 9, in this one day event on April on April 30.
The Pre-Fish Day, saw anglers hit the water in search of a plan for Sunday’s competition. Many anglers were reporting good size bream in good numbers even though conditions were testing at times.
The Power Pole start was held just to the east of the Bateman’s Bay bridge in idyllic conditions with a slight run-out tide. The wind forecast was spot on with a light westerly before the light northeast sea breeze filled in just after midday. Angler enjoyed the incoming tide to assist in getting to the back of the waterway before the outgoing tide later in the day helped with the trip back for weigh in. For Autumn fishing, you could not have had a better day!
Anglers were chasing a bag limit of 4 bream with a minimum length of 26cm to the tip. A quarter of the field returned to the scales with full bags and 32 of the 40 anglers returned fish to the weigh-master. In total 81 bream were caught weighing a total weight of just over 41 kilos during the one day session.
It was Mark Crompton from NSW who took the day with 4 Bream for 2.49kg and picked up a $590.00 cheque Plus sponsor prize pack. Crompton was followed by Andrew Death(NSW) with 4 Bream for 2.45kg and Richard Somerton(VIC) with 4 for 2.42kg.
CROMPTON FIRST SEASON WIN
Mark Crompton from Sydney NSW, took out his first tournament win in the Hobie kayak series for 2017. After a, less than ideal start to the weekend Crompton pulled together a plan that would see him to victory.
“The Pre-Fish Day on Saturday was so-so, by leaving some essential gear at home, namely the seat for the kayak! Never the less, I found fish and started putting together a game plan for Sunday.
“Right off the start I headed for the bridge pylons which were less than 100 meters from the start line. I took off slow to see what everyone was doing and most of the anglers passed them by. I threw some Cranka crabs at the pylons and managed to get my bag before the tide started to turn. Crabs are a perfect bait for that system as they’re the staple diet for probably 90% of the fish there.
“The rest of the day, I fished the oyster racks as well as a few deep holes that have hard rocky bottom. I didn’t have a big bag however felt I could at least finish in the top 10”.
- Lures: Cranka crabs in brown and olive.
- Rod: Zentetsu silver wolf rod.
- Reel: Daiwa Freams z 2500 reel.
- Line: Daiwa Tournament EVO 8 Braid 6lb.
- Lure: Cranka Crank in Olive and Brown.
- Kayak Used: 2017 Hobie Pro Anger 12 – Camo.
“I just followed my golden rule. Fish where everybody else isn’t fishing.”
ANDREW DEATH TAKES SECOND
I have fished the river system a few times and I really l like what the Clyde system has on offer however the system was fishing tough and I only had 1 bream, 26.5 tip by 12 pm and as the tide pushed in with water over the racks I managed get my bag of 4 bream by 1:00pm then, I picked up a couple of upgrades by 1:30 before heading back. Part of the success for me was using a GLADIATOR Bingo hard body lure.
- Rod: Edge Rods.
- Reel: Daiwa Luvias.
- Line: Gosen 14 lb. casting.
- Lure: GLADIATOR Bingo.
ATOMIC BIG BREAM
Paul Davidson from Bairnsdale, Victoria, took out the Atomic Big Bream $100 cash price. It was the first time I have used a Cranka crab and it netted me the Atomic price!
MORTGAGE CORP MONSTER MOVER
Andrew Maloney from the ACT picked up the Mortgage Corp Monster Mover Prize and took home a Mortgage Corp battery pack for his efforts.
- Youth Division
- Women’s Division
- Masters Division
JML Anglers Alliance Round 6 of Hobie Kayak Bream Series 9 could not have gone ahead without our generous sponsors, Daiwa Australia, Berkley, Atomic, Lowrance, Rhino-Rack, Strike Pro, TT Lures, JML Anglers Alliance, Power-Pole, Mortgage Corp,Pro Lure, Hobie Polarized and ABT.