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Australian Bass Tournament Presents

2024 Daiwa BREAM Series | Round 4: Derwent River, TAS

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Harris Rides Ralphs to Derwent BREAM Win

Hobart’s Isaac Harris has been fishing ABT BREAM events on the Apple Isle since he was old enough to in the late 2000s. In March 2024, he achieved his goal of winning an ABT BREAM event from the front of the boat. Only took him 15 years.

He did it in a borrowed boat that came from previous Derwent BREAM Champion and friend, Adam Crick, and he did it solely in Ralph’s Bay - an extensive flats fishery in the southern part of the arena that daunts most of the field, but does yield tournment winning bags. And that’s saying something when Ralphs trumps the main river proper.

Predominantly, Isaac rode a single bait to victory in super shallow water - the Lucky Craft Flash Minnow 65 in a couple of colours (Ghost Sayori and Flash Misty Shad) that he fished on a variety of Shimano outfits in water averaging 40-50cm deep.

“I was surprised that it fished so well on the first day,” Harris said, “between my non boater and I we must have landed around 50 bream. A lot of these were small, but there was a smattering of bigger bream amongst them, which helped the bag.”

Remember - Tasmanians call 32-34 fork length bream ‘small’.

The extensive Ralph’s Bay flats are punctuated with soft cunjevois. They look like rock, but absolutely catch any lure that comes near them and unless you catch the other treble with a net, they won’t come free.

“I lost around 8 baits that I just couldn’t get back on the second day,” Isaac said. This is the price of fishing Ralphs.

Harris targeted the rockier flats with the shallow diving Flash Minnows to do nearly all of his damage. A long cast followed by a high-sticking retrieve kept the lure our of reach of the cunje, but right in the strike zone for the bream.

He used the new Shimano Stradic threadlines spooled with 0.6PE Kairiki braid and a short length of 6lb leader. His rods were mainly the Zodias 702UL and an Anarchy model.

“I find I get the best casts when my leader isn’t on the reel, so it starts short and stays short,” Isaac explained, “and the bream would usually hit the bait on the pause. It’s the standard Tasmanian twitch.”

Pocketing $3,600 for his efforts and a spot in the 2024 Daiwa BREAM Series Grand Final, Harris will need to set a new goal now.

BREUKEL BAGS SECOND PLACE

Victorian BREAMer Peter Breukel was the in-form angler of the Tasmanian Tour. Placing top 10 in every event he fished (including the Hobie Kayak Series), the time he spends on the water was well rewarded with pleasing results.

After being in town for a prefish before the off-limits period, Peter decided that Ralphs Bay was his best chance of a good result. He wasn’t wrong, finishing second to Harris by 800g and a mere 10 grams ahead of a fast-finishing Steve Morgan.

Like Harris, Breukel didn’t hedge his bets with spots in Ralphs AND the Derwent River. He was Ralphs-or-nothing for the event. And it paid off.

“On the prefish day, my best 5 bream went 7.3kg, so it was a pretty easy decision about where I was going to go,” Peter explained. He’s done a lot of shallow flats bonefishing and the flats of Ralphs were a similar setup for both type of country and fish behaviour.

That decision was validated when he landed 5 bream in his first 5 casts on tournament morning on the first of 6 spots that he’d identified on Google Earth during the practice.

Breukel used a Daiwa Infeet EX 722ULRS rod paired with an Exist reel, 8lb Daiwa Expedition J-Braid and 5lb Yamatoyo Chinu Harris leader and his two baits of note were the Hurricane Twitch 40 in Spooky Smig and the Duo Realis 80SP in Prism Gill.

After landing around 15 fish on the first day, Peter aimed for a repeat, but the glassy conditions hampered his efforts.

“I still had a smallish bag by 11am, but I resisted the temptation to head back upriver and ground it out in the bay. When the breeze picked up at the end of the session, I managed to upgrade the whole bag before I had to come back,” he said.

That flurry locked in the second placing - his highest in ABT events.

FITZGIBBON LOVING BACK OF BOAT

Last year, struggling boater, Goulburn’s Jon Fitzgibbon, decided that he needed some more time as a non-boater to help refine his skills and to get his confidence back. Taking his first non-boater title at the Derwent was a just reward for the decision.

“It’s a good feeling to get that confidence back where you’re concentrating on what you’re doing and not everyone else. I like doing my own thing,” he said after collecting the trophy and Daiwa prize pack that accompanied it.

Jon used a shallow and deep version of the same lure to work the various depths his boaters fished through the event - they were a shallow and deep Smith Panish in chrome colour.

“When we were fishing 4-6 feet deep, I’d use the shallow and in 6-12 feet of water I’d use the deep,” Fitzgibbon explained.

Jon’s combos included a couple of Duffrods Edition Blacks paired with Daiwa Sol reels and both were spooled with 5lb straight through fluorocarbon. He fished with Ben Cook on the first day and Jason Mayberry on the second.

The Duffrods are an interesting story.

“My young bloke won the Rookie of the Year a couple of years ago, so I got to test the Duffrods out. I liked them and I how have bought plenty of them!” Jon continued.

“I would never have fished the Derwent River if it wasn’t for ABT. You need a good excuse to go fishing and ABT is that excuse,” he concluded.


START

BOATER NAME

NON BOATER D1

NON BOATER D2

FLIGHT D1

FLIGHT D2

1

Wally Fahey

Mark Lennox

Bill Bland

4:00PM

4:45PM

2

Mark Hayes

Bill Bland

Mark Lennox

4:00PM

4:45PM

3

Andrew Moore

Andrew Breward

David Shanahan

4:00PM

4:45PM

4

Brett Crowe

David Shanahan

Andrew Breward

4:00PM

4:45PM

5

Scott Holloway

Glenn Hoskin

Duane Bird

4:00PM

4:45PM

6

Mario Vukic

Duane Bird

Glenn Hoskin

4:00PM

4:45PM

7

Christian Wardini

Greg Woods

Stacey Alexander

4:00PM

4:45PM

8

Mitchell Blomquist

Stacey Alexander

Greg Woods

4:00PM

4:45PM

9

Peter Breukel

Blake Liddelow

John Galea

4:00PM

4:45PM

10

Tony Curwen

John Galea

Blake Liddelow

4:00PM

4:45PM

11

Mike Sutcliffe

John Albrecht

Collin Bryant

4:15PM

4:30PM

12

Steven Lamsakianos

Collin Bryant

John Albrecht

4:15PM

4:30PM

13

Robert Warren

Leighton Beer

Andrew Krushka

4:15PM

4:30PM

14

Steve Morgan

Andrew Krushka

Leighton Beer

4:15PM

4:30PM

15

Mark Crompton

Andrew Lovell

Jesse Glowacki

4:15PM

4:30PM

16

Kim McIntyre

Jesse Glowacki

Andrew Lovell

4:15PM

4:30PM

17

Josh Williams

William Thorpe

Matthew Fielden

4:15PM

4:30PM

18

Shane Hibberd

Matthew Fielden

William Thorpe

4:15PM

4:30PM

19

Tony Robertson

Damien Dwyer

Michael Sammut

4:15PM

4:30PM

20

Alan Lister

Michael Sammut

Damien Dwyer

4:15PM

4:30PM

21

Ben Cook

Jon Fitzgibbon

Gordon Pullin

4:30PM

4:15PM

22

Jason Mayberry

Gordon Pullin

Jon Fitzgibbon

4:30PM

4:15PM

23

Joseph Gardner

Jesse Rotin

Louie Wardini

4:30PM

4:15PM

24

Grant Stingel

Louie Wardini

Jesse Rotin

4:30PM

4:15PM

25

Peter Nord

Scott Scicluna

Aaron Bonser

4:30PM

4:15PM

26

Allan Murray

Aaron Bonser

Scott Scicluna

4:30PM

4:15PM

27

Shane Ling

David Yuill

James Mackay

4:30PM

4:15PM

28

Neil Chegwidden

James Mackay

David Yuill

4:30PM

4:15PM

29

Michael Alexander

Dallas Blatchford

Raymon Cooper

4:30PM

4:15PM

30

Jarrad Stevens

Raymon Cooper

Dallas Blatchford

4:30PM

4:15PM

31

Geoffrey Borg

Evan Leonard

Col Wilson

4:45PM

4:00PM

32

Declan Betts

Col Wilson

Evan Leonard

4:45PM

4:00PM

33

Cameron Cole

Greg Cooper

Mark Street

4:45PM

4:00PM

34

Isaac Harris

Mark Street

Greg Cooper

4:45PM

4:00PM

35

Cameron Whittam

Craig Doherty

Martyn Evans

4:45PM

4:00PM

36

Mark Healey

Martyn Evans

Craig Doherty

4:45PM

4:00PM

37

Peter Glowacki

Allan Lavell

John Parkinson

4:45PM

4:00PM

38

Peter Mazey

John Parkinson

Allan Lavell

4:45PM

4:00PM

 

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

 

VENUE:
Derwent River, TAS


DATES:
16/17 March 2024


ENTRY FEE:
Boaters ($275 inc. GST), Non Boaters ($150 inc. GST)


PRE FISH BAN:
From Monday 4th March 2024 - First Light Friday 15th March 2024.


PRE FISH:
Friday 15th March 2024


NO GO ZONES:
Lower River Limit – The boundary drawn between Crayfish Point at Tarooma and the northern tip of the southern land mass at the entrance into Ralph’s Bay
Upper River Limit – The line joining the plaque commemorating the sesquicentenary of the first formed road in Tasmania situated on the Lyell Highway on the western shore of that river (approx 8 kilometres above Granton) to a post on the opposite bank.

Click here for upper limit map

Click here for Anglers Alliance Derwent River access map


SPEED LIMITS:              
10 knots under bridges, bays as signed.


SESSION TIMES:
9am to 4pm with flights if required.


BRIEFING:
Bellrieve Yacht Club,
Friday 15th March 2024
Registration from 4pm
Briefing at 5pm


WEIGH IN:
Bellrieve Yacht Club


BOAT RAMPS:  
Bellrieve Yacht Club


MORE INFORMATION:
Click here for Anglers Alliance Derwent River access map

Fishing Licence (n.b an Inland Fishing Licence is required if fishing above the Bridgewater Bridge). Information regarding licence requirements can be found at the Anglers Alliance link above, while licence availability and purchases can be found here.


COVID RELATED INFORMATION:

For information on Tasmanian Coronavirus related restrictions/travel requirements visit:
https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

Entry list current as at 29th February 2024.

 

START BOATER  NON BOATER GUARANTEED
1 Wally Fahey Matthew Fielden  
2 Mark Hayes Damien Dwyer  
3 Andrew Moore Michael Sammut  
4 Brett Crowe Jon Fitzgibbon  
5 Scott Holloway Gordon Pullin  
6 Mario Vukic Jesse Rotin Yes
7 Christian Wardini Louie Wardini Yes
8 Mitchell Blomquist Scott Scicluna Yes
9 Peter Breukel Aaron Bonser  
10 Tony Curwen David Yuill Yes
11 Mike Sutcliffe James Mackay Yes
12 Steven Lamsakianos Dallas Blatchford  
13 Robert Warren Raymon Cooper  
14 Steve Morgan Evan Leonard  
15 Mark Crompton Col Wilson  
16 Kim McIntyre Greg Cooper Yes
17 Josh Williams Mark Street Yes
18 Shane Hibberd Craig Doherty Yes
19 Tony Robertson Martyn Evans Yes
20 Alan Lister Allan Lavell Yes
21 Ben Cook John Parkinson  
22 Jason Mayberry Mark Lennox  
23 Joseph Gardner Bill Bland Yes
24 Grant Stingel Andrew Breward Yes
25 Peter Nord David Shanahan  
26 Allan Murray Glenn Hoskin  
27 Shane Ling Duane Bird Yes
28 Neil Chegwidden Greg Woods Yes
29 Michael Alexander Stacey Alexander Yes
30 Jarrad Stevens Blake Liddelow Yes
31 Geoffrey Borg John Galea Yes
32 Declan Betts John Albrecht Yes
33 Cameron Cole Collin Bryant Yes
34 Isaac Harris Leighton Beer Yes
35 Cameron Whittam Andrew Krushka Yes
36 Mark Healey Andrew Lovell  
37 Peter Glowacki Jesse Glowacki Yes
38 Peter Mazey William Thorpe