Fifty three Kayak anglers took off at 7.00am from Bayswater to contest Round 1 of the Getaway Outdoors Classic Engel Round.
Participants were treated to a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich during check in. It was every man for himself as they scrambled to get to their preferred locations at the start.
It proved a tough day all round with only 21 of the competitors weighing in fish.
Taking home first prize of an Engel Fridge Freezer was Graeme Kovacevich weighing a full bag of three bream for 1.485kg. A great effort on a very tough day.
Graeme headed downstream towards Maylands Yacht club which took approximately an hour to reach, within twenty minutes he had two scorers in the well a 28cm and 29cm. The bite went quiet. Graeme decided to move, only to start catching smaller fish and grunters. He decided to go back to where he caught his two scorers which proved a great move as he picked up a 30cm fish right away to have a full bag. He persisted fishing the same area and pulled a 33cm bream upgrade (.610kg the second heaviest fish caught), which would be the anchor fish in his wining bag of 1.485kg.
Graeme used a mix of Daiwa Pinster and Nordic Stage rods, Shimano Rareniums in 2500 size, spooled with Diawa Team Sensor braid in 6lb. Leader material was Toray 6lb. Soft plastics did all the damage for Graeme with the Z-Man 2.5 inch bloodworm being a particular favourite.
Graeme would like to thank Ryan Hayward from Perth Signs & Printing for wrapping his yak just the day before the comp. Also a big thank you to Getaway Outdoors, Engel, Hobie and all other sponsors for supporting the yakking/bream scene in Western Australia and WAFM for running the Classics.
He also had a special thank you to Szarn Tink who he met during a squidding competition a couple of years ago and Szarn is responsible for introducing Graeme to the breaming scene.
Brett Ozanne once again has taken second place in a kayak comp mirroring his efforts in last years national grand final.
Brett found the day very slow filling in his time catching plenty of smaller fish and yellow tail grunter. Brett managed to hit a hot patch early before the wind picked up. Brett fished hard early and had secured his bag by 10:30.
“The flats had all the fish even though it was an extremely low tide. I kept going back to deeper water expecting to find some bigger fish but to no avail.”
Brett would like to thank Getaway Outdoors, Nitro Rods, Lowrance and 13 Fishing Australia.
“It was great to see a big turn out just a shame the fish were so skittish on the day.”
Brett used Nitro Vapour 6 foot and 13 Fishing six foot ten inch Envy Black rods with Shimano Rarenium CI4 reels spooled with Amigo Plus 6lb braid. Brett¹s most successful lure for the day, SX -40 dark grey back with grey belly. Closely followed be the Atomic Crank in the Ghost Gill colour. Brett went against the trend and fished hard bodies all day.
Barry Brownrigg only weighed in one fish on the day but it was good enough to secure him the Hobie Big Bream with a cash prize of $500.
Barry’s weapons of choice were T Curve Tournament six foot six 1-3kg rods with Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000 reels. 12lb Toray Sea Bass braid connected to 6lb Fluoro Sunline V Hard. and the lure that tempted the Big bream was an Ecogear Eco Aqua prawn in King Pawn.
“Tough conditions with such a low tide, 3 small bream 2 grunter and 2 flatties 1 legal bream which also turned out to be the Hobie Big Bream, I went upstream to the railway bridge along one bank and then fished the other bank on the way home.
The cast that caught the fish was one of those perfect casts, it is almost like you know before you even cast that this one is going to get hit, and it did, before it even got to the bottom, I put pressure on it with the rod and managed to get it to slip sideways and away from the snag it was using as its home. Once it was into the clear water I backed off the drag knowing it was a decent size. After a bit more effort pretty soon it was in the net.
Shortly after that it was safely in the well.
Thanks to Hobie especially for sponsoring the big bream also all of the other sponsors for getting behind our WA Kayak comps.
It was fantastic to see 53 Kayaks lined up on the beach and great to see the new faces and how the sport is growing as well as the young blokes who are now competing and making their way through the ranks.
Thanks again for a great day on the water!
A special tanks to all our great sponsors for supporting the WA Classic series this year.
Round 2 of the Getaway Outdoors Bream Kayak Classics is on Sunday the 29th of March. This round will be sponsored by Hobie and held in Mandurah. We are all looking forward to it and will see you all there.