13 Fishing Gold Coast BREAM Qualifier – Final Results and Story

Butler serves up win at Gold Coast BREAM Qualifier

Scott Butler, a 30 year old boat salesman from Nitro Marine on the Gold Coast, has gone back to back by winning the 13 Fishing Gold Coast BREAM Qualifier. The event defending champion stamped his authority on the tournament early by weighing in the largest tournament limit on day one (2.39kg). Butler followed this effort up on day two with 5/5; 2.20kg to secure the event win by 460 grams.

 

Butler, who has secured multiple tournament victories on the Gold Coast, made the conscious decision not to prefish the event. Confident that his locations would produce, the decision was made to rest the areas he intended to fish as much as possible.

 

Day one saw Butler head north to within sight of the northern boundary (Powerlines at Russell Island). It was at this location that Butler targeted a number of small, selected areas. Butler discusses his choice of locations, “I fished a combination of different structures in different areas, Rocky areas, moored boats, pontoons. Most fish were caught in around 3-4 foot of water. All areas were holding a huge amount of bait”.

 

Butler found the fish willing to bite and in good numbers in both sessions, “Both days I caught my limit within the first 30 mins, catching in total around 50-60 legal fish. 90% of them were around the 25-26cm fork length, but I had to work through the smaller ones to get the larger ones”.

 

Butler’s technique involved casting Zipbaits lures specifically the Khamsin Tiny in colours 021 Clear Ebi, 801 Shad and 325 Mellow Shad close to structure and bringing the lure back with a fast retrieve. The retrieve was occasionally punctuated with a quick pause. None of the lures were altered or retro fitted.

 

The win caps a great season for Butler with victory delivering him his first overall Angler of the Year title. With the event trophy and Angler of the Year title Butler looks forward to heading to the Hawkesbury River to contest the Grand Final. “Given the size of the system I am looking forward to getting down to Sydney and giving the area a solid prefish prior to the event. I am looking forward to the challenge”.

 

McKeown speeds to second

Jamie McKeown, a 35 year old Plain Clothes Investigator for Qld Police, finished runner up at the 13 Fishing Gold Coast BREAM Qualifier. McKeown, who was in fifth place after day one, moved within striking distance of victory with a 5/5, 2.06kg tournament limit. Unfortunately the late charge wasn’t enough to run down Butlers combined total.

 

McKeown discusses his tournament preparation and approach during the event, “I worked hard leading into the pre fish ban. I soon realised it was going to be a very tough comp. There seemed to be a lack of bait fish around the Gold Coast. I didn’t pre fish any spots I knew I would fish during the comp on the official pre fish day. I did this knowing how hard it had been fishing and I didn’t want to add any pressure to the spots I wanted to fish. I believed that two consecutive 2kg bags would easily see a top 10 finish, even possibly a top 5”.

 

“My original plan was to fish around the Broadwater on day one and then head up to around Broadbeach Canals on day two. But based on the catches in the Nerang and the adjoining canals I opted to stay in the Broadwater system on day two. I knew the bite on day two was going to be really tough”.

 

McKeown initially targeted locations that would supply legal fish in good numbers to fill his tournament limit. His first location, an edge near Seaworld, produced two fish in two casts giving McKeown all important confidence at the start of the session. A move to the outside of Sovereign Island saw McKeown targeting fish in current to fill his tournament limit. By 10.30am the tournament limit was filled and upgrading began.

 

Day two saw a slower start with McKeown only pulling one fish and losing another at his Seaworld location. A move to Runaway Bay proved fruitless before he returned to Soverign Island. McKeown talks us through day two and his lure selection,

 

“It was 11:45am when I moved to Sovereign Island. I was trying to wait as long as I could for the tide to start running out. I bagged two fish here, but it was 12:30 and my options were running out along with the time. I moved to the trawlers thinking it was lunch time and thinking hopefully that someone might be feeding the bream. Unfortunately there was no one feeding them, but I nailed a 33cm tip bream first cast. The bite soon dried up so I made a short run up the Nerang River and fished a set of canals close to the start line. There seemed to be fish everywhere, but they were all 25.5cm long. It all came down to my last cast at 1:49pm and I was lucky enough to pull a 26.5cm fish from the last pontoon. I was absolutely stoked”.

”All my fish were caught on 40mm Ecogear aqua bream prawn in salt ‘n pepper colour. I rigged these lures on a 1/50th hidden weight jig head. I cast the lures on a 1-3kg Ecooda Black Hawke rod teamed with a Ecooda Black Hawke 2000 reel. Using 2lb Fammell spinning fluoro was the difference between getting bites and not. I was simply casting or skipping the lightly weighted bream prawn into the pontoon or boat or even just randomly along the canal walls and waiting for the rod to load up”.

Galea secures victory and AOY

John Galea, a 39 year old Machinist at Coastwide Engineering, took out the non-boater division. In doing so Galea, like Butler, secured his maiden Angler of the Year title. It was quite fitting that both boater and non-boater AOY contenders fished together on the final day to determine the AOY result.

 

In session one Galea fished the canals of Runaway Bay with Chris Britton. Galea explains the approach, “I didn’t have a chance to prefish for the event so I was going into the event somewhat blind. On Saturday we fished the canals at Runaway Bay targeting wind affected pontoons and the walls in-between them. I used soft plastics rigged on a 1/32nd jighead, casting close to structure and watching for the bite on the drop. The plastics I used were a Berkley 2″ crabbie in camo colour and Berkley 2″ shrimp in camo colour. The rod I used was a Daiwa Black Label BL691 MLFS with a Daiwa Certate 2004 reel spooled with 10lb Daiwa Tournament 8 braid and 4lb Sunline V Hard leader”.

 

Heading out for day two, Galea knew what was at stake, “On Sunday I was teamed with Scott Butler. We fished the northern boundary of the arena crankbaiting boat hulls. I slow rolled an Ecogear SX40 in brown blue gill colour along the hulls waiting for the take. Once a fish was hooked we would use the electric to pull away from the structure and guide the fish away from the hull. The rod I used was a Diawa Black Label BL SSS6011 ULXS with a Daiwa Certate 2004 reel spooled with 3lb Sunline sniper fished straight through”.

 

Finally Galea highlighted the key to securing the bites in the tough conditions, “Due to the fish’s unwillingness to leave the structure and chase the lure casting accuracy turned out to be the difference”.

 

Galea, like Butler, was excited at the win and shared the fulfilment of a maiden AOY titles in the post tournament celebrations. Galea also looks forward to the challenge of the final BREAM event of the season, The 13 Fishing BREAM Grand Final, at the Hawkesbury River, Nov 14-16.

 

Austackle Big Bream

The Austackle Big Bream was caught by VIC’s Cameron Whittam during the first session on an olive coloured, heavy Cranka crab.  The location was a bridge near Chevron Island. The technique involved casting the Cranka crab past the bridge pylons on the first cast and having it hit the bottom at the base of the most upstream pylon. Whittam shares his technique and the battle, “ After the lure hit the bottom I would then “dribble” the lure along the bases of each pylon on the bridge. I would subsequently cast the lure to the top pylon and then the middle pylon and see if it would get eaten on the drop. If not I moved to the next pylon. The fight was a typical “solid” yellowfin bream fight. The fish was trying to get back hom,e but I had him turned and coming my way fairly quickly. I was of course using Sunline products. The fish was caught using 10 pound Castaway braid and 20 feet of 6 pound FC rock leader. The leader was beefed up because of the structure I was fishing and because the fish don’t care when there is a Cranka crab on the end!”

 

WINNING NOTES

Winning Tackle

Rod: Lox Ambassador 610 Hybrid, Lox Yoshi LS7023.

Line: 4/5lb Fluorocarbon fished straight through

Lure: Zipbaits Khamsin Tiny in assorted colours

 

Winning Edge

“Experience on a local water way and fishing a large number of events throughout the year made me capable and aware of needing to work through numbers of smaller fish to get the bigger ones to bite. Also getting away from the field and fishing a quieter area (I did not see a boat all weekend) meant the fish were fresh all weekend with no extra pressure on an already a tough bite”.

 

BREAM – Qld: 13 Fishing Gold Coast BREAM Qualifier Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 TF TW Payout
1 Scott BUTLER QLD 5 2.39 5 2.2 10 4.59 $2500 + 1st Mecury Bonus + 1st Pro + Duffrods Big Bag (2.39kg)
2 Jamie MCKEOWN QLD 5 2.07 5 2.06 10 4.13 $1500 + 1st Yamaha Bonus
3 Ben RICHARDS Qld 5 1.96 5 2.08 10 4.04 $1200 + 2nd Mecury Bonus
4 Chris BRITTON QLD 5 2.15 5 1.84 10 3.99 $1,000
5 Nabeel ISSA Qld 5 1.85 5 1.91 10 3.76 $850
6 Kristoffer HICKSON NSW 5 2.11 4 1.52 9 3.63 $850 + 3rd Mecury Bonus
7 Michael TORLEY QLD 5 2.25 4 1.36 9 3.61 $600
8 Daniel BROWN NSW 5 1.83 4 1.77 9 3.6
9 Steve MORGAN QLD 5 2.02 3 1.47 8 3.49
10 Anthony WISHEY QLD 5 1.49 5 1.89 10 3.38
11 Cameron WHITTAM VIC 4 1.85 3 1.4 7 3.25 $500 Austackle Big Bream
12 Warwick LYNDON QLD 4 1.48 5 1.72 9 3.2
13 Ross CANNIZZARO NSW 5 1.78 4 1.36 9 3.14
14 Tony MOORE QLD 3 0.93 5 1.84 8 2.77
15 Matthew FINNEY NSW 2 0.8 5 1.95 7 2.75
16 Michael MAAS QLD 4 1.35 4 1.29 8 2.64
17 Russell BABEKUHL NSW 2 0.54 5 2.01 7 2.55
18 Warren CARTER Vic 3 1.56 2 0.92 5 2.48
19 Nigel WHITE NSW 2 0.8 4 1.38 6 2.18
20 Tom SLATER QLD 1 0.27 5 1.75 6 2.02
21 Chris SEETO NSW 3 1.33 2 0.67 5 2
22 Ashley BRYANT QLD 1 0.43 4 1.47 5 1.9
23 James HOWARTH QLD 3 1.09 2 0.71 5 1.8
24 Anthony THORPE NSW 3 1.1 2 0.64 5 1.74
25 Nathan TUSKES Qld 3 1.09 1 0.55 4 1.64
26 Trent WEST QLD 1 0.49 3 1.12 4 1.61
27 Heath BLAIKIE NSW 3 1.13 1 0.47 4 1.6
28 Alex ROY QLD 2 0.56 3 1.01 5 1.57
29 Stephen WILSON QLD 0 0 4 1.53 4 1.53
30 Andrew WILLIAMS NSW 2 0.7 1 0.38 3 1.08
31 Chris FINDLAY NSW 0 0 3 1.02 3 1.02
32 Todd BURGESS QLD 0 0 2 0.74 2 0.74
33 Jason HARRLOCK ACT 0 0 2 0.66 2 0.66
34 Tony THORLEY NSW 1 0.3 1 0.3
35 Lex COURT NSW 0 0 0 0
35 Mark BROWN NSW 0 0 0 0
35 Peter CASHMAN Qld 0 0 0 0

BREAM – Qld: 13 Fishing Gold Coast BREAM Qualifier Non-Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 TF TW Payout
1 John GALEA NSW 4 1.17 5 1.58 9 2.75 13 Omen Green Rod, Shimano Symetre 2500 & Prize pack (1st Hobie)
2 Callum DOWELL WA 4 1.39 2 1.13 6 2.52 13 Omen Black Rod, Shimano Symetre 2500 & Prize pack
3 Alan LISTER ACT 3 1.33 2 0.85 5 2.18 Tonic Sunglasses & Prize Pack (2nd Hobie)
4 Ben SHUEY VIC 4 1.43 2 0.74 6 2.17 Spotters Sunglasses & Prize Pack
5 Mark SHANNON NSW 1 0.36 4 1.59 5 1.95 Shimano Impact Nano FX Rod & Prize Pack (3rd Hobie)
6 Grayson FONG Qld 5 1.56 5 1.56 Pontoon 21 Prize pack
7 Brady WHITE NSW 0 0 5 1.54 5 1.54 Fish Arrow Prize pack
8 James HICKSON NSW 2 0.76 2 0.72 4 1.48 Prize Pack
9 Taigan HEATH NSW 2 0.64 2 0.77 4 1.41 Prize Pack
10 Jesse GOUGH 2 0.69 2 0.67 4 1.36 Prize Pack
11 Tom DEER SA 2 0.72 2 0.63 4 1.35
12 Simon JOHNSON NSW 2 0.68 1 0.51 3 1.19
13 Clint VOSS VIC 2 0.55 1 0.58 3 1.13
14 Jonathan THOMPSON QLD 2 0.65 1 0.39 3 1.04
15 Ryan KENNY 0 0 2 0.77 2 0.77
15 Rodney O’SULLIVAN NSW 0 0 2 0.77 2 0.77
17 Steven FLYNN SA 0 0 2 0.76 2 0.76
18 Bernard KONG NSW 1 0.4 1 0.35 2 0.75
19 Andrew BLYTH NSW 0 0 2 0.71 2 0.71
21 John THORLEY NSW 1 0.34 1 0.34 2 0.68
22 Brad ROBERTS VIC 2 0.65 2 0.65
23 Zac O’SULLIVAN NSW 2 0.61 2 0.61
24 Kendall SOO Qld 2 0.48 2 0.48
25 Rebecca FAZIO NSW 0 0 1 0.48 1 0.48
26 Tanya KONSUL ACT 0 0 1 0.41 1 0.41
27 Grant MORRIS NSW 1 0.36 1 0.36
28 Kerry GALL QLD 0 0 1 0.34 1 0.34
29 Aaron CLIFTON NSW 0 0 0 0
29 James REID QLD 0 0 0 0
29 Karl REMBACHER Qld 0 0 0 0
29 Craig ELLIS SA 0 0 0 0
29 Stuart WALKER NSW 0 0 0 0
29 Rodney THORPE NSW 0 0 0 0
29 Paul VANDENBOOM QLD 0 0 0 0
29 Alex DOWELL WA 0 0 0 0
29 Luke SLAVIN QLD 0 0 0 0
29 Andrew joffa” WALLACE” NSW 0 0 0 0

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