Mercury outboards are relied upon by tens of thousands of Australian fishers everyday, to get them to and from their chosen location. Mercury are represented at every ABT tournament, with a range of ProXS and Verado engines powering some of the fastest boats on our circuit.
Mercury reward anglers in more ways than just reliable performance, with a Mercury Bonus scheme that rewards the top three anglers running a Mercury outboard in all Costa BREAM Qualifiers throughout the season. There is then extra incentive, as Mercury anglers AOY points accumulate to award the Mercury Cup award to the highest placed Mercury owner.
This year, the Mercury Cup had another surprise install for 2015’s winners. As Kris Hickson, Warren Carter and 2015 Grand Final Champion Liam Carruthers were given the opportunity to attend the KSA (Korean Sportfishing Association) Mercury Cup, held on Andong Lake, South Korea.
The KSA Mercury Cup pairs anglers together, to catch their five biggest largemouth bass from the clear deep waters of Andong Lake. 2016’s tournament attracted anglers from Malaysia and Australia, to join anglers from the host nation in a 140-boat field, a spectacle for the three lucky Australians. “It was a surreal moment for me, floating at the start among all those boats,” said Warren Carter. Liam Carruthers mentioned he’d never been so pumped at the start of a tournament day. “It’s one of those moments where you want to start fishing immediately, but you also never want to end”.
All three Aussies were able to catch their five fish limit. Finishing ranging from 35th to 43rd. With fish in the spawn to post-spawn phase, there were fish located from spawning beds to out offshore chasing schools of baitfish. Our Aussie anglers relied on their finesse fishing background, and spinning rods and light line were the equipment of choice to put the fish in the boat.
“It was a mixture of Texas rigged worms and dropshots for me,” said Carruthers. Carter and Hickson also mixed in a neko rigged worm with good success. Although Australian anglers don’t often turn to one of these techniques, our fascination with the largemouth and smallmouth bass fishery (thanks to Carl Jocumsen) meant the guys were more than prepared to hit the water running come tournament morning.
“This trip wouldn’t have been possible without the guys from Mercury Australia, which is testament to why I choose to run a Mercury outboard on the back of my boat in ABT competitions,” Carter concluded. Carruthers and Hickson, had nothing but praise for Mercury and what the company had done to allow them to travel and compete in Korea. “It’s been the experience of a lifetime for me, so I can’t say thank you enough to Mercury for allowing us to do this,” Carruthers said.
Thanks also must go to Mercury Korea, and the Korean Sportfishing Association for welcoming our Australian anglers into their country, organising accommodation and transport and allowing them to compete at the event
To be eligible for the Mercury Owner’s Bonus and Mercury Cup Rewards, ABT anglers must register that they own a Mercury outboard at the briefing of any BREAM Qualifier they attend.