Westy goes back-to-back on Moogerah
Charles ‘Westy’ West has made back-to-back wins on Lake Moogerah after a wet and windy weekend in Southeast Queensland. The Ipswich angler caught only one fish, however it was big enough to relegate Dean Thomson to 2nd place.The event was reduced to a single session on Sunday, after torrential rain washed out the banks of Moogerah on Saturday.
Come Sunday morning the clouds were blown away, with blue-sky overhead but almost gale-force winds ripping across the dam. Sixteen keen anglers braved the conditions, yet only four managed to catch legal-sized bass. Traditionally, the boats used in BASS Electric competitions are small, which makes them more suitable to being propelled by small thrust electric motors. These small boats were tested at Moogerah, with swells on the dam making travelling difficult and occasionally very wet, with numerous tales of swells breaking over the bow of smaller vessels.
West waited until the last minute to capture the fish that would seal him back-to-back victories on Moogerah, and he did it in style, hooking the winning fish with only 10-minutes to go in front of the rest of the field just out from the day use boat ramp.
“I went absolutely crazy after I got the fish in the boat,” said West. “We’d struggled through the entire session, after having some good success on Friday. When I hooked that fish I initially thought it was a yellowbelly due to some massive headshakes. When we saw it surface Adrian had to calm me down.”
With the tournament originally scheduled to be a two-day event, West prefished the lake on Friday hoping to find something to hold him through two tournament sessions.
“Friday was pretty successful for me, I found fish in three different areas. I then tried to eliminate the areas I thought were getting too much pressure.”
After settling on one area, West and fishing partner Adrian Wilson decided to check out the areas on Saturday afternoon.
“We couldn’t avoid the fish on Friday or Saturday afternoon,” said West.
However, those fish were nowhere to be found come tournament Sunday, and the pair fished almost the whole session on the flat that had been full of fish the previous two days for no result. With half an hour of the session to go, the pair drifted from the area they’d focused on, down to the day use boat ramp area.
“We still weren’t marking any fish coming through on the sounder, but you’re not going tocatch fish without a lure in the water,” said West. Turning to one of the go-to shutdown bite bass lures, West tied on a 1/2oz jighead, and stuck it on the front of a 3” Berkley Gulp Grub in pumpkinseed colour. He employed a slow roll retreive to get the big bass to bite.
“I’d make a long, wind assisted cast, then count the lure down 10-seconds before commencing the slow roll,” said West.
West fished the grub on 5lb Gamma Touch fluorocarbon straight through, spooled on a Daiwa Luvias 2004. His rod of choice was a 13 Fishing MUSE Gold 72ML.
West has now won back-to-back BASS Electric events at Moogerah Dam, and will be one to watch at the Bluefin Boats/ePropulsion BASS Electric Convention, which will be held at Maroon Dam later in 2016.
Thomson spoon feeds bass for second place
Dean Thomson found himself in second place after Wests last minute heroics. Fittingly, Thomson caught his bass on a Nories Wasaby Spoon, after ABT published an article with insights from Thomson on how to effectively use these newly found baits for Australian bass.
Thomson wasn’t immune from the inclement weather, suffering a few litres of Moogerah dam over the bow of his new boat on numerous occasions.
“At some stages I had more water coming into the boat than going out of the boat through my bilge pump,” said Thomson.
Sticking it out in the windy conditions of the popular ski club point, Thomson had no lack of fish activity on his sounder. Getting them to bite however was very tricky.
Normally preferring the 12g Nories Wasaby spoon, Thomson downsized to the 8g version, hoping the slightly slower fall and smaller profile might trigger a few extra bites.
With two undersize bass hitting the deck, a few missed bites and one 1.5kg keeper, Thomson was just shy of notching his first BASS Electric victory.
Thomson threw the Wasaby spoon on a matching Nories Structure spin rod, paired with 10lb Yamatoyo Resin Sheller PE and 8lb Yamatoyo fluorocarbon leader.
The top four anglers that caught fish have qualified for the season ending Bluefin Boats/ePropulsion BASS Electric Convention to be held at Maroon Dam in October.