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2024 Daiwa BREAM Series | Round 1: Gippsland Lakes

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Healey Taps Tom’s Creek in BREAM Opener

It was definitely a case of quality over quantity for on-fire breamer, Mark Healey. Landing only 15 bream in two days, Healey recognised that the quality was in the Toms Creek area of Gippsland Lakes and boxed eye-watering limits from the area over two tournament sessions.

His fish averaged 1.32kg each - that’s ten fish at 39cm fork length each, which surely lets Gippsland Lakes stake its claim to being the best BREAM fishery in Australia.

It seems that a Net Free Gippsland Lakes is yielding results a LOT faster than expected.

Here’s how he did it.

“I think that the secret for me was to find that good water quality. It had to be tannin stained but not muddy. The rains over summer just moved the fish a little - they didn’t make them swim all the way out of the system, so I just needed to locate them,” Healey said.

Each day he caught several fish in Toms Creek and a couple of fish outside the creek. Some of these were in areas that he hadn’t fished before.

Healey used just one lure the whole event - a Jackall Deep Chubby in Brown Suji colour. On his lighter outfit, he upgraded the factory hooks to Decoy chemically sharp trebles, but on his heavier outfit he left the factory hooks on.

His lighter outfits included a pair of Shimano Shimano Zodias rods - the 270 in L and UL configurations that he matched with Shimano reels and 6lb Kairiki braid with 6lb Ocea leader. His upgrade rod for the heaviest country was a Shimano X-Pride 6’10” ML rod with a 2500 Stella and the same line combination.

“I found that I didn’t really need leader heavier than 6lb, as with the barnacle encrusted snags, it wouldn’t matter if you had 6 or 16lb, they’d shred you. That said, these black bream usually cooperate when you hook them up. I didn’t lose many at all,” Healy continued.

His retrieve was a simple slow roll and his net of choice the Shimano Environet.

“I used the traditional Environet on Day 1 and the rubber coated mesh on the second day and I was tired of trying to untangle the trebles from the mesh. I’ll be going back to the Original net in the future,” he said.

Taking home $5,000 for his efforts and an instant Grand Final qualification on his home lake of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, Healey has already established himself as the early favourite in the season ending event.

The Grand Final prize is a fully rigged Alloycraft boat with Mercury outboard package.

SLATER SNARES SECOND

After prefishing Tom’s Creek, Daiwa’s Tom Slater decided that he wanted quantity over quality and left the spot where Mark Healy ultimately won the event. He chose instead to fish both flats and structure around Paynesville.

Arguably, it was a good decision.

Starting on the popular flat at the northern side of the township after driving to Paynesville, Slater started with a bang, landing a 41cm fork length fish nearly immediately and filling his bag early and easily. Later he moved to a second flat and added another kilo-kicker to his limit.

Ultimately, he fished an isolated rock patch late in the session to upgrade some smaller fish with 37 and 38cm specimens to weigh around 5.7kg - good enough for third place overnight.

He used a combination of Daiwa Double Clutch 48s in Chrome Belly colour and Daiwa Spike 44MR in Tannin Flash to fool the bream. Switching to 3lb Daiwa J-Thread later in the session as the fish became pressured.

“My secret tool on the flats is my Humminbird side-image. I have it mounted on my electric motor and I can pick the paths of where the bream are swimming, It’s like how we use it for barra, just smaller,” Tom said.

With the forecast for Day 2 promising light winds until the early afternoon, Tom opted to start at Metung, drive across and prepare for a late session flurry.

That’s exactly what transpired, with the fish being slow early and only accumulating a small limit.

At 11:30am, he ventured into urban Paynesville and upgraded his whole bag in an hour on a prototype small BaitJunkie shrimp, but his best fishing was still to come. With a late check-in time, his final drift of his productive Day One flat in the wind yielded a 41cm bream on the Double Clutch and a 38cm upgrade on the Spike.

It was the final flurry he need to catapult into second spot, although he was still a kilo and a half short of the winner.

His preferred outfits were out of the Daiwa INFEET 23 stable - the Double Clutch he fished on a EX 722ULFS with a Revelry FC 200S and 10lb J Braid Expedition and 5lb X-Link FD leader while the Spike he used a Z 743 ULRD with the same reel and J Thread Finesse 3lb straight through fluorocarbon.

BRUCE MOVES FROM 19th to 1ST

Forster’s Tim Bruce started his 2024 ABT season off with a bang, winning his first ABT title from the back of the boat. In fact, it was one of the best comebacks we have ever seen for a win, moving from 19th place after Day 1 to 1st after the final session finished.

He did this with a 3/3, 3.914kg bag which added to his Day One bag of just over 2kg. His final tally was 6/6 for 5.931kg. A great effort from the back of the boat.

His fish on Day One came off the Mitchell Flats with boater Michael Hunt, but his second day fish with boater Peter Breukel came from Steel Bay. And they had to rotate through the baits to find what they wanted.

Eventually, the schooled fish they were seeing in 7 to 9 feet of water responded to a Hurricane Sting 37 blade with assist hooks. Loading it with scent and hopping it off the bottom drew a string of fish for the pair.

Bruce fished the bait off a Samaki Zing Extreme 7’2” rod matched with a Shimano Stradic 1000 sized reel, 8lb Daiwa J Braid and a 6lb Yamatoyo fluorocarbon leader.

Instantly qualifying for the Daiwa BREAM Grand Final later in the year, Bruce plans to fill out the year by fishing the NSW BREAM events.

**Final standings updated on 21st of February 2024 following an investigation into an angler's incorrectly entered fish into the ABT Tournament Series App**

START

BOATER NAME

NON BOATER D1

NON BOATER D2

FLIGHT D1

FLIGHT D2

1

Paul Langley

Mick Thompson

Lance Marsh

2:00PM

3:20PM

2

Richard Hadlow

Lance Marsh

Mick Thompson

2:00PM

3:20PM

3

Tony Curwen

Darcy Clifton

SPARE

2:00PM

3:20PM

4

Rodney O'Sullvian

SPARE

Darcy Clifton

2:00PM

3:20PM

5

Aaron Treacey

Ben Shuey

SPARE

2:00PM

3:20PM

6

Mark Healey

SPARE

Ben Shuey

2:00PM

3:20PM

7

Allan Murray

Richard Patterson

James Croese

2:00PM

3:20PM

8

Gary Carruthers

James Croese

Richard Patterson

2:00PM

3:20PM

9

Tom Slater

Peter Clark

Lindsay Pryke

2:00PM

3:20PM

10

Taka Kawasaki

Lindsay Pryke

Peter Clark

2:00PM

3:20PM

11

Mario Vukic

Michael Thompson

SPARE

2:00PM

3:20PM

12

Geoffrey Borg

SPARE

Michael Thompson

2:00PM

3:20PM

13

Brett Crowe

Beau Startin

Kevin Beams

2:00PM

3:20PM

14

Matthew Kearton

Kevin Beams

Beau Startin

2:00PM

3:20PM

15

Mark Crompton

Damien Dwyer

SPARE

2:20PM

3:00PM

16

Harry Schofield

SPARE

Damien Dwyer

2:20PM

3:00PM

17

Tom Deer

Billy Chalker

Daniel McNeice

2:20PM

3:00PM

18

Christian Wardini

Daniel McNeice

Billy Chalker

2:20PM

3:00PM

19

Jarrod Healey

Jordan Armstrong

SPARE

2:20PM

3:00PM

20

Andrew Moore

SPARE

Jordan Armstrong

2:20PM

3:00PM

21

Brett Prenprase

Scott Scicluna

SPARE

2:20PM

3:00PM

22

Steve Nedeski

SPARE

Scott Scicluna

2:20PM

3:00PM

23

Steve Morgan

Heath Kimber

Jon Fitzgibbon

2:20PM

3:00PM

24

Drew Griffith

Jon Fitzgibbon

Heath Kimber

2:20PM

3:00PM

25

Adam Richards

Chris Head

Joel McKenzie

2:20PM

3:00PM

26

Steven Lampsakianos

Joel McKenzie

Chris Head

2:20PM

3:00PM

27

Joe Darmody

Liam Allan

SPARE

2:20PM

3:00PM

28

Wally Fahey

SPARE

Liam Allan

2:20PM

3:00PM

29

Damien McGlynn

Alex Montanaro

SPARE

2:40PM

2:40PM

30

Mitchell Blomquist

SPARE

Alex Montanaro

2:40PM

2:40PM

31

Mark Hayes

Duncan Jameson

David Yuill

2:40PM

2:40PM

32

Alan Lister

David Yuill

Duncan Jameson

2:40PM

2:40PM

33

Ahmad Mahfoud

John Parkinson

SPARE

2:40PM

2:40PM

34

Thien Trieu

SPARE

John Parkinson

2:40PM

2:40PM

35

Nathan Angee

Michael Sammut

SPARE

2:40PM

2:40PM

36

Declan Betts

SPARE

Michael Sammut

2:40PM

2:40PM

37

Michael Hunt

Tim Bruce

SPARE

2:40PM

2:40PM

38

Peter Breukel

SPARE

Tim Bruce

2:40PM

2:40PM

39

Cam Whittam

Raymon Cooper

Neil Kelly

2:40PM

2:40PM

40

David Masters

Neil Kelly

Raymon Cooper

2:40PM

2:40PM

41

Scott Wilson

Dave Morris

Stephen Cyster

2:40PM

2:40PM

42

Blake O'Grady

Stephen Cyster

Dave Morris

2:40PM

2:40PM

43

Robert Kneeshaw

Dallas Blatchford

Peter Bakaj

3:00PM

2:20PM

44

Liam Carruthers

Peter Bakaj

Dallas Blatchford

3:00PM

2:20PM

45

Adam Kennedy

Brendan Parry

Gary Nano

3:00PM

2:20PM

46

Robert Warren

Gary Nano

Brendan Parry

3:00PM

2:20PM

47

Andrew Stubbs

Bill Bland

SPARE

3:00PM

2:20PM

48

Steven Pryke

SPARE

Bill Bland

3:00PM

2:20PM

49

Travis Ryan

John Albrecht

SPARE

3:00PM

2:20PM

50

Paul Piper

SPARE

John Albrecht

3:00PM

2:20PM

51

Peter Nord

Jack Morris

Greame Warrent

3:00PM

2:20PM

52

Alex Franchuk

Greame Warrent

Jack Morris

3:00PM

2:20PM

53

Peter Stephens

Louie Wardini

Gordon Pullin

3:00PM

2:20PM

54

Steve Wheeler

Gordon Pullin

Louie Wardini

3:00PM

2:20PM

55

Rob Allington

Glenn Hoskin

SPARE

3:00PM

2:20PM

56

Owen Pierce

SPARE

Glenn Hoskin

3:00PM

2:20PM

57

Marlon Thompson

Nick Penprase

Darren Murphy

3:20PM

2:00PM

58

Daryl Baird

Darren Murphy

Nick Penprase

3:20PM

2:00PM

59

Corey McLaren

Col Wilson

SPARE

3:20PM

2:00PM

60

Jamie McKeown

SPARE

Col Wilson

3:20PM

2:00PM

61

Ian Neilson

Darcy Adams

SPARE

3:20PM

2:00PM

62

Frank Carabetta

SPARE

Darcy Adams

3:20PM

2:00PM

63

Michael Newman

Allan Lavell

Phil Zentai

3:20PM

2:00PM

64

Charlie Saykao

Phil Zentai

Allan Lavell

3:20PM

2:00PM

65

Scott Towner

Chris Findlay

Tony Neal

3:20PM

2:00PM

66

Rhys Harris

Tony Neal

Chris Findlay

3:20PM

2:00PM

           

 

Click here for 2024 Daiwa BREAM Series event entry form. 
Click here for 2024 ABT Membership form. 

 

VENUE:

Gippsland Lakes, Vic.

 

DATES:

6/7 February 2024

 

ENTRY FEE:

Boater $275 / Non Boater $150. ABT Membership Required.

 

EVENT TYPE:

This event is being run 100% on the ABT Tournament Series App.   Here is the link to the instruction video for the app, which can be downloaded for free at the Apple App Store or from Google Play:



Click here to download the ABT Tournament Series App for iPhone. 
Click here to download the ABT Tournament Series App for Android. 

The App gives us real, live scoreboards throughout the event and is an important part of marketing this event to spectators, so it’s important to become familiar with it.  

 

PRE FISH BAN:

No fishing from Monday 29th January to first light Monday the 5th of February 2024.

 

PRE FISH:

From first light, Monday 5th February 2024

 

EVENT START LOCATION:

Metung public boat ramp.
ROUGH WEATHER ONLY:  Boats will be checked out at the Metung public boat ramp (ABT Staff will be there from 5:30am). Boats may then trailer to various public ramps in the Gippsland Lakes system and launch. Boats not to fish or leave ramp area until 7am each morning. Boats must be back at Metung ramp with their key tags on the board by the nominated finish time. ABT will advise at the briefing if the trailering option will need to be implemented. 

 

NO GO ZONES:

Competitors must obey the Lakes Entrance Transit Only Zone (TOZ). No boating or fishing in the described area.

https://www.gippslandports.vic.gov.au/news/transit-zone-entrance-port-gippsland-lakes/ 

 

SESSION TIMES:

Saturday and Sunday: 7am to 2pm. Flights will be allocated if the field is of sufficient size.

 

BRIEFING:

Metung Hotel, Monday 5th February 2024.
Back lawn outside area. Sign-in from 4pm, briefing starts at 5pm. 

 

PRESENTATION:

Metung Hotel back lawn ASAP after final catch card is verified and angler catches are cross checked. 

 

Entry List current as at 5th  February  2024

 

START BOATER  NON BOATER GUARANTEED
1 Paul Langley Alex Montanaro  
2 Richard Hadlow Duncan Jameson yes
3 Tony Curwen David Yuill yes
4 Rodney O'Sullvian John Parkinson  
5 Aaron Treacey Michael Sammut  
6 Mark Healey Tim Bruce  
7 Allan Murray Raymon Cooper  
8 Gary Carruthers Neil Kelly yes
9 Tom Slater Dave Morris  
10 Taka Kawasaki Stephen Cyster  
11 Mario Vukic Dallas Blatchford  
12 Geoffrey Borg Peter Bakaj  
13 Brett Crowe Brendan Parry  
14 Matthew Kearton Gary Nano  
15 Mark Crompton Bill Bland  
16 Harry Schofield John Albrecht  
17 Tom Deer Jack Morris  
18 Christian Wardini Louie Wardini yes
19 Jarrod Healey Greame Warrent  
20 Andrew Moore Gordon Pullin  
21 Brett Prenprase Nick Penprase yes
22 Steve Nedeski Glenn Hoskin  
23 Steve Morgan Darren Murphy  
24 Drew Griffith Col Wilson  
25 Adam Richards Darcy Adams  
26 Steven Lampsakianos Allan Lavell  
27 Joe Darmody Billy Chalker yes
28 Wally Fahey Damien Dwyer  
29 Damien McGlynn Daniel McNeice  
30 Mitchell Blomquist Scott Scicluna yes
31 Mark Hayes Jordan Armstrong  
32 Alan Lister Heath Kimber  
33 Ahmad Mahfoud Jon Fitzgibbon  
34 Thien Trieu Chris Head  
35 Nathan Angee Joel McKenzie  
36 Declan Betts Phil Zentai yes
37 Michael Hunt Liam Allan  
38 Peter Breukel Chris Findlay  
39 Cam Whittam Mick Thompson yes
40 David Masters Tony Neal  
41 Scott Wilson Lance Marsh  
42 Blake O'Grady Darcy Clifton  
43 Robert Kneeshaw Ben Shuey  
44 Liam Carruthers Richard Patterson  
45 Adam Kennedy James Croese  
46 Robert Warren    
47 Kevin Beams    
48 Andrew Stubbs Peter Clark yes
49 Steven Pryke Lindsay Pryke yes
50 Travis Ryan    
51 Paul Piper    
52 Peter Nord    
53 Alex Franchuk    
54 Peter Stephens    
55 Steve Wheeler    
56 Rob Allington    
57 Owen Pierce    
58 Marlon Thompson    
59 Daryl Baird    
60 Corey McLaren    
61 Jamie McKeown Michael Thompson yes
62 Ian Neilson    
63 Frank Carabetta    
64 Michael Newman    
65 Charlie Saykao    
66 Scott Towner    
67 Rhys Harris Beau Startin Yes

 

Length (cm) Weight (kg)   Length (cm) Weight (kg)
13 0.059   32.5 0.737
13.5 0.065   33 0.774
14 0.072   33.5 0.812
14.5 0.078   34 0.851
15 0.085   34.5 0.892
15.5 0.093   35 0.933
16 0.109   35.5 0.977
16.5 0.109   36 1.021
17 0.118   36.5 1.067
17.5 0.127   37 1.115
18 0.147   37.5 1.164
18.5 0.157   38 1.214
19 0.168   38.5 1.266
19.5 0.180   39 1.319
20 0.192   39.5 1.374
20.5 0.207   40 1.430
21 0.217   40.5 1.488
21.5 0.231   41 1.547
22 0.245   41.5 1.608
22.5 0.260   42 1.671
23 0.244   42.5 1.735
23.5 0.262   43 1.801
24 0.280   43.5 1.869
24.5 0.299   44 1.939
25 0.319   44.5 2.010
25.5 0.340   45 2.083
26 0.361   45.5 2.158
26.5 0.384   46 2.234
27 0.408   46.5 2.313
27.5 0.432   47 2.393
28 0.458   47.5 2.475
28.5 0.484   48 2.560
29 0.512   48.5 2.646
29.5 0.541   49 2.734
30 0.571   49.5 2.824
30.5 0.601   50 2.916
31 0.634      
31.5 0.667      
32 0.701