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5 to ‘Spot’ at Richmond River

The race for the Bassman BASS Pro Angler of the Year title is off and running after the NSW Hunter Valley double-header. The third event of the series we expect will throw some curveballs to the anglers leading the charge, and present an opportunity for some river rats to claim their position as king of the tide.

The obvious first name that comes to mind is Adrian Melchior, along with his partner in crime Aaron Swanson annihilated the competition in the Edge Rods BASS Open trial event in October 2015. Their 4/4 limit for 5.03kg eclipsed second place team of Jake Stewart and Matt Gibson by over 1.5kg. Adrian lives in Ballina, and has fished the river for years. We expect him to be right up there when we crown a champion on Sunday April 10th.

Kris Hickson would be number two on our list, this self pro-claimed river rat has been dominating the ABT BREAM Series since forever and over the last few years has staked his claim as an equally dangerous BASSer.

Living on the Manning River, Hickson fishes for wild bass at every opportunity and having fished more than his share of bream tournaments on the Richmond River over the years, we expect Kris to find his feet quickly in this new tournament.

Third on our list would be ABT heart-throb Joe Allan. An angler revered by his angling peers, Joey has fished the Richmond many times over the years, both socially and tournaments. He teamed up with Dean Thompson to fish the Edge Rods BASS Open trial event and they came away with a 4th place finish. So we would expect Joey to feature over the course of the weekend.

Tony Thorley is the dark horse of ABT BASS Pro events. He finished a respectable 6th in the 2015 Grand Final, and just took out the first Bluefin Boats/ePropulsion BASS Electric event of the year on Clarrie Hall Dam. Tony lives at Grafton, and has plenty of experience on the rivers of the NSW North coast. Himself along with ABT angler and neighbour Ben Randell teamed up and fished the trial event in 2015, finishing 5th. However little birdies tell us that they got beaten to their prime location come tournament morning, so perhaps that 5th could have been a little higher.

Warren Carter would definitely be one to watch, although only new to BASS Pro events. Warren’s resume at ABT BREAM events leaves nothing to the imagination. With eight, yes that’s right, eight BREAM and BASS wins to his name. Carter knows his way around a river. We’d expect nothing less from Carter than to be towards the top of the leader board when the final fish are placed on the scales.

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