When it comes to drafting a list of favourites for this weekend’s Berkley BREAM Grand Final there’s perhaps no better, and more
current, list of form anglers to look at than the Power-Pole Angler of the Year points list.
A who’s who of the hottest anglers on the tour for year the 2015 list reads as a run sheet of former Grand Final, AOY, and Qualifier champions, current cash cows on the BREAM tour, and as with each tournament year a selection of anglers on th rise to future greatness.
When it comes to analyzing our top ten AOY pros there’s no better place to start than our 2015 AOY champion Kris Hickson. Our defending Grand Final champion Kris heads to the Clarence on the back of a redhot year on the road.
Victory at Mallacoota, a 3rd at the Hawkesbury and the Clarence, Kris is in career best form, and with two past BREAM Qualifier wins to his name at the Clarence only a brave person would tip against him.
With a spring/summer bite predicted for the Clarence the 2015 final is playing right into Kris’ topwater and crankbait loving hands.
If the bite isn’t quite in a full spring/summer mood and a deep water pattern does feature still expect Kris to feature on championship Sunday doing what he does best, his own thing.
Hitting his stride on the BREAM Tour in the last couple of years Rosco has had a hot year to say the least.
A victory in the final qualifier on the Hawkesbury, 2nd at Mallacoota and a top ten on a super tough Gippsland Lakes Ross is one to look out for, especially if the bream are looking down rather than up and key in on a blade bite.
With a BETS Grand Final trophy recently added to his trophy cabinet Ross has the form to add another trophy to the cabinet, namely the Berkley BREAM Grand Final trophy.
I can’t recall any ABT angler who’s had a start to a tournament year like the one Cromo had.
Two wins (Tweed and Clarence) from the first two events of the year, and a 2nd from the recently completed 2015 Hobie® Kayak Bream Australian Championship at Lake Macquarie, Crompton has the golden touch to say the least.
An angler who leaves no stone un-turned when it comes to event preparation (rumor has it he hired a plan before the Gippsland
event to check out the tournament arena) Mark is sure to be ready to hit the ground running come the 7am takeoff on Friday morning.
The winner of April’s JML Alliance Clarence River BREAM Qualifier expect Mark to be locked and loaded with an armory of Cranka Crabs. For those who’ve been living under a rock this year, the Cranka Crab has been Cromo’s go-to money bait on the ABT tournament trail.
An angler who loves to perform on the big stage Gilly will be keen for a repeat of his success (3rd) from April’s Clarence round.
Cool under pressure, and a serial offender of finding the big bites and big bags when it’s needed Gilly is due for a big win. Will this Clarence final be the one?
Tune into the livestream (2pm) on Sunday to find out.
An angler who turned adversity into success at April’s Clarence event, Cam overcame mechanical issues early in the event to rally and put together a bag that not only put him in the Grand Final but also cashed him up to the tune of $1750 for his 2nd place.
Skilled at many techniques and at home on both yellowfin and black bream Cam will be one of four boaters in the field flying the flag for Victoria. Road triping the Grand Final with the smiling assassin Grayson Fong, Cam is sure to be calm, relaxed and in right head space when he hits the start line.
And should Cam slip a disc in his back or aggravate his casting shoulder Grayson’s trusty acupuncture needles are at the ready to get him back in the game.
No list of favourites is complete without this guy. A longtime teammate of Cam Whittam and an angler who has made it a habit of cashing cheques on the ABT tournament trail for many years Warren has a long and rich history of success on the Clarence.
An exceptional angler when it comes to shallow and deep, summer and winter techniques, and yellowfin and black bream expect Warren to bring his hot form from the Toray BASS Pro Series to this year’s Berkley BREAM Grand Final.
With a spring in his step and a renewed vigor for his tournament angling, look for Carter to feature late Sunday afternoon.
Young, eager, insightful and with a hunger for success Tom is an angler that’s in the hunt regardless of species or location.
With two top tens to his name from the last two qualifier events at the Clarence Tom is keen to add a BREAM Grand Final victory to his victory in the BREAM Classic Champion on the Gold Coast from a few years ago.
An angler who won’t die due to a lack of trying Tom is sure to throw a variety of lures and use a vast array of techniques to try and unlock the secret of getting the Clarence’s big fish to bite.
While a quiet year by his usual standards Steve is a guy that you never right off. The poster boy for analytical breaming 101 Steve loves nothing more than a warm weather river bite that allows him to cover lots of water and throw topwaters and crankbaits.
One of two former or current Grand Final champions (Kris Hickson of course being the other) in the AOY top ten, is this year the year Steve becomes the first person to win two BREAM Grand Finals?
The dark horse in the ten Mark has had a great 2015. A top five on the Clarence in April and a top ten in June’s Gippsland round were at the heart of Mark’s coming of age year on the ABT BREAM tour.
The Tweed and Mallacoota events of course were nothing to sneeze at and confirm that Mark’s not one to overlook.
The last in our top ten, Brad Roberts is an angler that has made the transition from successful non-boater to successful boater with what some might say is relative ease. Truth be known though it has come on the back of hard work and talent. Regretfully though Brad won’t be at the Grand Final though opening the door for us to take a look at our next inline AOY angler Anthony Wishey.
An angler with a tonne of breaming knowledge and ability to win in big tournaments Wishey will be one to watch regardless of the weather, the bite or time of year.
To find out how our top ten anglers go and find out who holds the Grand Final trophy aloft on Sunday afternoon checkout at ABT’s livestream from 2pm (EDST).