With the weather finally coming to the party, the ZMan Round 3 of the Getaway Outdoors and Camping Kayak series kicked off in perfect but chilly conditions on the Swan River in Perth, with no wind, sunshine and a rising tide. It was a pity the bream did not think the conditions were quite as nice, with most anglers struggling to find a size fish and bring something to the weigh station. Maybe the bacon and eggs, the granny’s lamingtons and the lunch pack had the anglers eating when they probably should have been fishing.
Making the most of the tough early winter conditions and taking home the $750 cash was young gun Joseph Gardner, weighing in 2 bream for 1.210kgs. When asked if he had a plan for the day Joseph replied “I did a bit of a prefish, so headed straight upstream towards Lilac Hill and the areas I had been targeting, it was pretty tough so I tried to work different levels of the water column. I was fishing micro vibes when I hooked my first fish so I was pretty happy to get him in the net considering the action was as slow as I had seen it for a while”.
“I dropped one that felt like another good keeper, before changing to a ZMan 2 ½ inch grub in motor oil, I was fishing that with little hops before managing to hook another fish. After netting that fish I was pretty happy to have two in the boat. I just couldn’t find that third keeper, which didn’t matter in the end, I actually thought I was in for a horror day after the mirage drive broke very early on, so to get a couple of bream and then hold onto first place makes it all worthwhile”
Joseph used Rovex Air Stirke and Viking Custom rods, matched with a Dawia Luvias 2500 and a Daiwa Freams 2000, each reel had Toray Radius line and Sunline leader.
Just missing first place weighing in two bream for 1.175kgs was Andy Mitchell taking 2nd place, Andy also made the decision to head upstream where all his action for the day came in roughly 15 minutes. When asked how the day went Andy replied “I headed upstream to fish the flats around the Redcliffe Bridge, I dropped one fish when I got there on a plastic, so I swapped to an Ecogear SX40 in Carmen Red and just rotated through the flats.”
“I was slow rolling the SX40 trying to keep it in touch with the bottom when I hooked my first keeper, then 15 minutes later in the same area I hooked a second keeper and that was it for the day.
One was an okay fish though, weighing in at 715gms, so I was stoked to take home the Hobie BIG BREAM $500. It was certainly a slow day on the water, but I am very happy to take 2nd and qualify for the Grand Final.”
“I also want to thank the organisers for running the event, the prizes are great and to get bacon and eggs followed by granny’s lamingtons and a lunch pack was just fantastic, you certainly need the fuel to help get you through the day.”
Andy fished with a Daiwa Specialist Bream matched with a Daiwa Certate 2004, the reel carried 0.4PE Varivas Light Game line with 3lb VHard Sunline leader. Andy also fished a Duff rod matched with a Daiwa Exist 2506 reel, 0.6PE Castwaway with 4lb VHard Sunline leader.
In third place weighing in 2 bream for 1.110kg was Justin Hamilton, having something in common with 1st and 2nd Justin also made the decision to head upstream. Justin headed to Guildford and targeted structure around Fish Market Reserve.
When asked how his day went (besides slow) Justin replied, “I headed upstream to Fish Market Reserve, and rigged up some weedless Ecogear Aqua Prawns.
I was throwing these into the snags weightless, and just slowly worked them out. I had two hits for the day, one at 9.30am and one at 10.30am, and both those hits resulted in fish in the boat”. Justin fished with a Tsunami Airwave rod, matched with a Shimano Stradic 2500.
One of Justin’s fish was also tagged, so we have sent in the details and are awaiting the information for it which we will post up when it comes through.
Taking out Rookie of the round was Lionel Munro, who although not weighing in a bream he made the effort to get out and have a crack, we hope the tough conditions haven’t put him off entering round four and five.
We would also like to thank all the sponsors that make the series possible, Engel, Tackle Tactics, JML, Platypus, Shimano, Compleat Angler Nedlands, Hobie, Bluewater Tackle, Getaway Outdoors, Tonic Sunglasses, Atomic, Damiki/Pontoon 21, Jarvis Walker/Watersnake, Halco, CRC and of course Granny’s Pies.
Joining the 10 anglers who have already qualified are: Andy Mitchell, Justin Hamilton, Robert Peach and Geoff Anderson. Joseph and Robert already have qualified from earlier rounds. This also means there will be 6 Grand Final spots up for grabs in Round 4.
TEAM FISH CAUGHT WEIGHT Big Bream
1 Joseph Gardner 2 1.210 0.665
2 Andy Mitchell 2 1.175 0.715
3 Justin Hamilton 2 1.110 0.605
4 Robert Peach 2 1.000 0.605
5 Robert Sgambelluri 1 0.355 0.355
6 Geoff Anderson 1 0.260 0.260
7 Brett Ozanne 0 0.000 0.000
7 Jesse Choy 0 0.000 0.000
7 Jenny Gardner 0 0.000 0.000
7 Brendon Chambers 0 0.000 0.000
7 Adam Smith 0 0.000 0.000
7 Stu May 0 0.000 0.000
7 Robert Cockshutt 0 0.000 0.000
7 Kepler Mark Weber 0 0.000 0.000
7 Sam Zurzolo 0 0.000 0.000
7 Phil Cockshutt 0 0.000 0.000
7 Ian Abercromby 0 0.000 0.000
7 Michael Ricci 0 0.000 0.000
7 Massimo Salamone 0 0.000 0.000
7 Anthony Elbers 0 0.000 0.000
7 Brian Norton 0 0.000 0.000
7 Lucas Cross 0 0.000 0.000
7 Dom Cera 0 0.000 0.000
7 Michele Pardini 0 0.000 0.000
7 Lionel Mundri 0 0.000 0.000
7 Brendon Knowles 0 0.000 0.000
7 Simon Capponi 0 0.000 0.000
7 Chris Morris 0 0.000 0.000
7 Graeme Kavacevich 0 0.000 0.000
7 Eamonn Hannah 0 0.000 0.000
7 Steven Owens 0 0.000 0.000
7 Shane Owens 0 0.000 0.000
7 Matthew Jeffery 0 0.000 0.000
7 Joe Franco 0 0.000 0.000
7 Nathan Walsh 0 0.000 0.000
7 Didier Blanquart 0 0.000 0.000
7 Jake Gill 0 0.000 0.000
7 John Field 0 0.000 0.000
7 Tim Stylianou 0 0.000 0.000
7 John Sorrell 0 0.000 0.000