Sydney Harbour is where it all starts, with one of Australia’s premier tournament venues playing host to the opening event of Australia’s only boater/non-boater bream tournament series.
2013 BREAM Angler of the Year Champion Warren Carter is one of the many anglers who is itching to get fishing after a long off season.
“It’s been a long wait for the start of the season, so much so that I even fished a bass even
t to get a tournament fix. The first bream event is here though and I can’t wait to get out
there,” explained Carter.
A different calendar and venues than Carter fished last year to win the AOY title Carter acknowledges that this year will be nothing like it was last year.
“Last year was a lot of black bream venues, this year is more yellowfin, so I think I’ll find myself fishing deep more often, particularly as we move into the colder months”, concluded Carter.
One of the most challenging, but potentially rewarding venues on the BREAM Tour, anglers are in two minds about how The Harbour will fish. Two time Sydney Harbour event (2009 BREM GF & 2010 Australian Open) Steve Morgan has had more success that most there, and loves the summer patterns the place can throw up. It’s not summer anymore though, so the question is will the bream still be on summer holidays or will they be making a move to cooler autumn lairs.
“I think that it’s all got to do with water temperature. If the water is warm, the fish will behave like it’s summer. The Australian Opens used to run in March each year and the patterns were very similar to January, so the shallow bite should be well and truly on.
For me the Harbour had always been about current + structure. Fish one or the other and your might do well but find both together and you’ll generally find bream.
Typically, tournament-winning fish are between the Gladesville bridge and Fort Denison, so that’s where I’d be betting this event is won.
If it’s rough and windy, I’d bet on a shallow pattern, but if it’s calm and sunny, then a deeper water technique might take the title.”
“We’ve had some good rain in Sydney over the last few weeks, and traditionally when you get rain the harbor fishes well. The rain and the onset of autumn should see the fish scattered throughout the harbour, and I’d expect the winning fish to come from the middle reaches, not unlike where I caught them in the open last year,” explained Seeto.
While the exact nature of the bite patterns and the location of the fish are unknown with the quality of the field that we have lined up for the event we’ll see plenty of big fish weighed in.
“We’ve got a very impressive field gathered for this event, including interstate anglers such as Cam Whittam, and Warren Carter from Victoria, Don Johnson from WA, and Scott Butler and Tom Slater from Queensland. The local contingent is also incredibly strong and includes a host of past ABT events winners and very dominant Sydney Harbour anglers,” explained ABT’s Simon Goldsmith.
The non-boater field also reads as a role call of past and current champions, and includes current AOY Champion Brad Roberts, Australia’s number one ranked non-boater Chris Findlay, and events winners including Phil Nix, Bernard Kong, Tanya Konsul, and Rodney Thorpe.
To check out results and write-ups from past Sydney Harbour events check out the links below, and to see all the action of the Hobie Sydney Harbour BREAM Qualifier either head down to Bayview Park at Concord from 2pm this coming Saturday or Sunday or log-in for the event livestream.