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Australian Bass Tournament Presents

2024 Daiwa BREAM Series | ZMan Mallacoota (10/11 Feb) EVENT RESULTS

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Healey goes back to back at Mallacoota

We have seen plenty of hot-streaks at ABT over the last 25 years. Anglers get on a roll and good decisions lead to more good decisions. Not many, though, have matched Mark Healey’s run over the last 12 months.

He won in 2023 at Hawkesbury and Lake Macquarie and after a third in the Grand Final at Port Stephens, has followed it up with wins in the first two season openers in 2024 in Victoria, proving himself a truly versatile tournament angler across both black and yellowfin bream.

His Mallacoota win was unique in that it came from a single, 30m stretch of water that had fish passing through it constantly, right down near the entrance of the system.

This is how he capitalised on that spot.

“I caught 5 bream in 5 casts at the spot in practice, but I was sharing the water with another angler. We discussed it and agreed to share the spot,” Mark explained.

It was the back of a bank where the water would drop into after entering the system at the bar and the yellowfin bream were lined up there during the rising tide for most of the session.

“When I got there, Cam (Whittam) already had landed a couple of fish and for the first part of the session, he caught fish every cast. As the tide changed, though, it seems that a run of bigger bream came past where I was fishing and I was able to upgrade most of what I had recorded. It was crazy,” he said.

Indeed. In a couple of hours of fishing, Mark had caught more bream than he had in the entire Gippsland event campaign.

He used several techniques to keep the fish biting, often changing as the bite slowed down. Showing them something new would turn them back on again.

Mark rotated between a Cranka crab (heavy, olive), an Ecogear blade (40mm, colour 426) and a Jackall Chubby deep in brown Suji.

He’d use the blade to get the lure to the bottom quickly when the tide was at its peak velocity, the crankbait when it got deep enough to roll over the shallows and into the deeper channel and the crab when the current slowed down and a little more finesse was needed.

The icing on the cake was a couple of last minute upgrades on Goodwin Sands - a 37.5 and 39cm yellowfin. That elevated his bag to over 6kg and gave him a solid lead on the rest of the field.

After boxing around 50 bream on Day 1, Healey said the bite slowed down a lot on Day 2, with about 20 bream hitting the deck. One of these, however, was the Maui Jim Big BREAM of the event. The 40cm fork yellowfin ate the Cranka Crab.

He fished the baits on a variety of Shimano outfits - the heaviest of which was a G Loomis heavy rod that he’d usually use in the racks paired with a Shimano reel, 6lb Kairiki braid and 6lb (Saturday) and 4lb (Sunday) Ocea fluorocarbon leader.

Leading the BREAM Angler of the Year points race with a perfect 200/200 score, Healey has made the last minute decision to do the Tasmanian leg of the Daiwa BREAM Series to try and maximise his chance of winning that accolade for the first time.

MARIO BEST OF THE REST

Veteran Victorian BREAMer Mario Vukic Was the best of the rest of the field and targeted black bream in the Bottom Lake to amass most of his weight. He took it pretty easy on the practice day and identified some key spots in the deep and shallow water.

Vukic started shallow and bagged out early by throwing a Hurricane Sprat on a 1/20oz TT HWS jighead. After that, he rotated several shallow spots to upgrade a couple of times, but it was a final-hour flurry in deeper water where he made three, key upgrades to finish with just under 5kg for the session.

The flurry was in deeper water on a a Zman grub in Motor Oil on a TT jighead.

“My non-boater Matt Perry and I put on a Motor Oil and a Bloodworm Grub to see what the fish preferred, and after Matt landed three in a row on the Motor Oil, we both then threw it to good effect,” Mario explained.

By the end of that flurry, he’d added a 36 and 35cm black bream to the tally.

He threw the grub on a G Loomis GLX TSR842-2 matched with a Daiwa Exist 2500 reel, 16lb Sunline Castaway braid (1.0 PE) and a 4lb Sunline VHard leader.

“My first big fish bit as I was untangling a wind knot, so that told me that I had to slow down the retrieve a little to get the fish to bite,” he continued.

Mario tried to repeat the success of  Day One on the Sunday and the fish weren’t shallow like they were the day before. Half way through the session he had scratched a mid-3kg limit together and noted that he was sitting in second place on the live scoreboards.

He then went to a deep spot in 16 feet of water and pinned three, 35cm fish in a row on the Zman grubs, elevating his limit to 4.5kg and holding off challenged from Crompton and Hodges.

It was a solid finish from an angler who has won at this venue in the past.

ALLAN TAKES TROPHY THIRD TRY

Liam Allan had only fished two ABT events before taking the win the third time. One was the Gippsland event just days before and the other, the Mallacoota 2023 iteration. Living in Canberra now, Liam used to live an hour up the road in Merimbula and although he doesn’t consider Mallacoota his ‘local’, he’s pretty comfortable fishing there.

After boxing 3/3, 2.529kg with Peter Breukel, he bagged another 3/3, 2.640kg with Nathan Booth to steal the win by over 100g from Judd Kirkland.

Allan’s weapon of choice for the weekend was a Millerod Grub Freak Lt that he paired with a Daiwa reel, 6lb 8-strand braid and 2-3 rod lengths of 4 or 6lb fluorocarbon leader. On the end he usually had tied a Hurricane Sprat rigged on a 1/20oz TT HWS jighead.

“The prawns are running at the moment and that bait looks and swims just like a prawn and that rod has the backbone to set that tingle jighead hook,” Liam explained.

With instant qualification to the Daiwa BREAM Series Grand Final on Lake Macquarie later in the year, Liam is pretty keen to see if his Sprats are the go up there. He’s never seen the lake ever before.

“I’m sure I’ll get paired with some guys in fast boats that know what they’re doing,” Liam concluded.

“It’s the Grand Final, mate, they’re not there by accident,” Steve Morgan said at the interview.

 

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

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

 

VENUE:

Mallacoota, Vic.

 

DATES:

10/11 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 Sunrise Monday 29th January to first light on Friday 9th February 2024.

 

PRE FISH:

From first light, Friday 9th February 2024.

 

BRIEFING:

Mallacoota Township Boat Ramp, Buckland Drive, Mallacoota
Friday 9th February 2024.
Registration from 4pm; Briefing starts at 5pm.

 

EVENT START LOCATION:

Mallacoota Township Boat Ramp, Buckland Drive, Mallacoota.

 

NO GO ZONES:

Anglers can fish anywhere up river of the mouth of Mallacoota Inlet.

 

SESSION TIMES:

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

 

PRESENTATION:

Mallacoota Township Boat Ramp, Buckland Drive, Mallcaoota. 
The presentation will take place once the final catch card has been verified and angler results have been cross-checked. 

ntry List current as at 6th February 2024

 

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

 

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      

START

BOATER NAME

NON BOATER D1

NON BOATER D2

FLIGHT D1

FLIGHT D2

1

Chris Greensill

Louie Wardini

Peter Clark

2:00PM

3:20PM

2

Steven Lampsakianos

Peter Clark

Louie Wardini

2:00PM

3:20PM

3

Grant Oliver

Lindsay Pryke

Darcy Clifton

2:00PM

3:20PM

4

Robert Warren

Darcy Clifton

Lindsay Pryke

2:00PM

3:20PM

5

Cam Whittam

Judd Kirkland

Michael Thompson

2:00PM

3:20PM

6

Liam Carruthers

Michael Thompson

Judd Kirkland

2:00PM

3:20PM

7

Robert Kneeshaw

Richard Patterson

Andrew Williams

2:00PM

3:20PM

8

Blake O'Grady

Andrew Williams

Richard Patterson

2:00PM

3:20PM

9

Jamie McKeown

Jason Blackwell

Zack Messenger

2:00PM

3:20PM

10

David Masters

Zack Messenger

Jason Blackwell

2:00PM

3:20PM

11

Nathan Booth

Spare

Liam Allan

2:00PM

3:20PM

12

Peter Breukel

Liam Allan

Spare

2:00PM

3:20PM

13

Michael Hunt

James Croese

Paul Conn

2:00PM

3:20PM

14

Joe Darmody

Paul Conn

James Croese

2:00PM

3:20PM

15

Nathan Angee

Beth Harris

Beau Startin

2:20PM

3:00PM

16

Thien Trieu

Beau Startin

Beth Harris

2:20PM

3:00PM

17

Ahmad Mahfoud

Tim Bruce

Van Ho Nguyen

2:20PM

3:00PM

18

Alan Lister

Van Ho Nguyen

Tim Bruce

2:20PM

3:00PM

19

Mark Hayes

Darcy Adams

Carl Everton

2:20PM

3:00PM

20

Jayson Mayberry

Carl Everton

Darcy Adams

2:20PM

3:00PM

21

Damien McGlynn

Mick Thompson

Mark Wilson

2:20PM

3:00PM

22

Wally Fahey

Mark Wilson

Mick Thompson

2:20PM

3:00PM

23

Tony Curwen

Heath Kimber

Justin Lee

2:20PM

3:00PM

24

Adam Kennedy

Justin Lee

Heath Kimber

2:20PM

3:00PM

25

Adam Richards

Lance Marsh

Gary Nano

2:20PM

3:00PM

26

Drew Griffith

Gary Nano

Lance Marsh

2:20PM

3:00PM

27

Steve Morgan

Ryan Vanderburg

SPARE

2:20PM

3:00PM

28

Steve Nedeski

SPARE

Ryan Vanderburg

2:20PM

3:00PM

29

Richard Hadlow

Chris Findlay

Matthew Fielden

2:40PM

2:40PM

30

Andrew Moore

Matthew Fielden

Chris Findlay

2:40PM

2:40PM

31

Jarrod Healey

Joel McKenzie

Billy Chalker

2:40PM

2:40PM

33

Tom Deer

Chris Head

Glenn Hoskin

2:40PM

2:40PM

34

Harry Schofield

Glenn Hoskin

Chris Head

2:40PM

2:40PM

35

Mark Crompton

John Albrecht

Joel McKenzie

2:40PM

2:40PM

36

Matthew Kearton

Billy Chalker

John Albrecht

2:40PM

2:40PM

37

Brett Crowe

Jordan Armstrong

Daniel McNeice

2:40PM

2:40PM

38

Geoffrey Borg

Daniel McNeice

Jordan Armstrong

2:40PM

2:40PM

39

Mario Vukic

Matt Perry

Damien Dwyer

2:40PM

2:40PM

40

Gary Carruthers

Damien Dwyer

Matt Perry

2:40PM

2:40PM

41

Tom Slater

Joel Corrie

David Yuill

2:40PM

2:40PM

42

Anthony Hassarati

David Yuill

Joel Corrie

2:40PM

2:40PM

43

Mark Healey

David Kerr

Allan Lavell

3:00PM

2:20PM

44

Aaron Treacey

Allan Lavell

David Kerr

3:00PM

2:20PM

45

Rodney O'Sullvian

Col Wilson

Graham Fifield

3:00PM

2:20PM

46

Allan Murray

Graham Fifield

Col Wilson

3:00PM

2:20PM

47

Taka Kawasaki

Simon Martin

Duncan Jameson

3:00PM

2:20PM

48

Declan Betts

Duncan Jameson

Simon Martin

3:00PM

2:20PM

49

Paul Langley

Gordon Pullin

Greame Warrent

3:00PM

2:20PM

50

Christian Wardini

Greame Warrent

Gordon Pullin

3:00PM

2:20PM

51

Andrew Stubbs

Nick Penprase

SPARE

3:00PM

2:20PM

52

Steven Pryke

SPARE

Nick Penprase

3:00PM

2:20PM

53

Travis Ryan

Raymon Cooper

John Parkinson

3:00PM

2:20PM

54

Paul Piper

John Parkinson

Raymon Cooper

3:00PM

2:20PM

55

Peter Nord

Bill Bland

Liam Curtis

3:00PM

2:20PM

56

Alex Franchuk

Liam Curtis

Bill Bland

3:00PM

2:20PM

57

Steve Wheeler

Brendan Parry

Tony Neal

3:20PM

2:00PM

58

Rob Allington

Tony Neal

Brendan Parry

3:20PM

2:00PM

59

Owen Pierce

Dallas Blatchford

Neil Kelly

3:20PM

2:00PM

60

Marlon Thompson

Neil Kelly

Dallas Blatchford

3:20PM

2:00PM

61

Daryl Baird

Stephen Cyster

Tony Khouri

3:20PM

2:00PM

62

Corey McLaren

Tony Khouri

Stephen Cyster

3:20PM

2:00PM

63

Ian Neilson

Darren Murphy

Jon Fitzgibbon

3:20PM

2:00PM

64

Frank Carabetta

Jon Fitzgibbon

Darren Murphy

3:20PM

2:00PM

65

Daniel Jancevski

Michael Sammut

Peter Messenger

3:20PM

2:00PM

66

Michael Newman

Peter Messenger

Michael Sammut

3:20PM

2:00PM

67

Charlie Saykao

Bill Messenger

Phil Zentai

3:20PM

2:00PM

68

Rhys Harris

Phil Zentai

Justin Sultana

3:20PM

2:00PM

69

Brad Hodges

Justin Sultana

Bill Messenger

3:20PM

2:00PM