LYONS THIRD TIME LUCKY
Chris Lyons from Rosanna in Victoria roared to the top of the leader board on day two to take out the first round of the series and grab the lion’s share of points in the chase for a place on the team to represent Australia at the 2016 Hobie Fishing World Championship.
Strategies Day One: “I pre-fished Bemm on Friday to find spots that were holding fish and ended up at Mahoganies”.
Where did you fish? “I headed straight back up to the entrance where I had located all of the fish the day before. I found the fish still there, and I worked a 100m stretch of bank and by 8am I had a 42cm and a 40cm. I kept working the edge and the flats in the same 100m area where there were plenty of fish in the low 30cm range. Everyone else who had been in the same location seemed to have left the area and moved down to where the inlet opens to the estuary and were working the centre of the channel with vibes. There were plenty of boats in the area watching what we were doing. I kept working the edges and pulled in a 37cm on a Deep Diver Spike prawn pattern. I had my bag for the first session”.
How were you feeling going into Day 2: “I have done 7 tournaments now and three at Bemm, I had a good bag on the board and knew it was really hard to come up with two big bags back to back. I was feeling really relaxed in the morning as I hadn’t really expected to do that well, and with the quality of the top 15 anglers with Paul Malov, Joel Crosbie and the like chasing me with just 400g separating us, it was anyone’s game. I was pretty happy with what I had already done but I was still hoping for fish”.
Strategies Day Two: “I went straight back to the front from the starting line to find 3 tinnies, who had been watching me catch the fish the day before, already sitting there lined up in the spot I had worked the day before. I went around them and on my second cast I hooked a 41cm Black Bream. Then the boats moved off the bank to follow another competitor when they saw him catching fish on vibes in the centre. I then moved back into my favoured spot but found nothing, so I moved right up to the front where the water washes over the bank (it wasn’t at the time), there were “yellows” and “blacks” up there and I got a 35 and a 38 and that was my bag for the day”.
Winning Ways: “Probably working that 100m stretch of bank and throwing into the edges and flats and not into the middle of the channel”.
Do you have a comment on the venue? “I really like Bemm. I would have to say that Bemm River and Marlo are my two favourite spots for catching bream”.
What are your thoughts on a worlds campaign, now you have made such a great start? : “I work for myself and it is really difficult to find the time to compete. I wasn’t going to try and notch up 3 world’s qualifiers before, but now that I’m leading with maximum points, I might have to try to find the time to head to Mallacoota and hopefully Forster”.
Lyons took home a huge prize payout of $2990 and over $400 in sponsor prizes.
- Lure: Lucky Craft Flash Minnow Chartreuse Shad
- Leader: 3lb Sunline Sniper FC
- Rod: Daiwa Infeet
- Reel: Daiwa Steez 2004