The BassCat BASS Pro Series received a bit of a facelift for 2016. A new, shared weight format similar to the format used for the BREAM Grand Final will see a change in tactics and the first chance for anglers’ to weigh a 12/12 limit over the weekend, rewarding anglers who are catching quality and quantity throughout a tournament session.
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For the first time in ABT BASS Pro competition, ABT is trialling the very successful ‘road-trip’ double-header format it has used successfully the last few years in the Costa BREAM Series.
This allows anglers to compete two tournaments, within the space of six days, minimising time off work and travel for interstate anglers. This year, the road trip takes place in early March and will see anglers hit the Hunter Valley impoundments of Lake Glenbawn and Lake St. Clair to complete the first two rounds of the BassCat BASS Pro Series.
“The double header format is one that has worked exceptionally well in the BREAM Series over the past few years” said ABT’s Simon Goldsmith. “It allows the competitors from interstate to travel once and compete twice” he added. That fact is arguably more pronounced for the BASS Pro anglers than anyone else.
This year will be the least amount of kilometres travelled by anglers from both states. In 2015 if an angler competed in all four qualifying rounds they would have travelled 4104km (Brisbane base) or 3708km (Muswellbrook base.) In 2016, the double header will drop that figure to 2618km (Brisbane base) or 3035km (Muswellbrook base.)
Now for arguments sake, if in 2017 the double-header rounds alternate to the Queensland impoundments of Boondooma and Bjelke-Peterson those figures would be 3656km (Brisbane base) or 2049km (Muswellbrook base.) That huge mileage saving equates to a lot less time at the fuel pump and fatter wallets for anglers in 2016 and beyond.