Tackle Tactics – TT Lures round 10 of Hobie® Kayak Bream Series 9 was battled out on the Mooloolah River in Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The “One Day Wonder” saw anglers from Queensland (Qld), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria (VIC) and New South Wales (NSW) compete for cash prizes, sponsor prize packs and Angler of the Year (AOY) points.
Some anglers struggled through pre-fish, while others found fish all over the arena. On both pre-fish and competition days the weather was sensational and the location stunning. Winter days don’t get much better than they were in Mooloolaba but the clear water made it a tough fishery, with easily spooked fish calling for stealth and finesse. Most reports from anglers were that the bite was much tougher on competition day, and everyone had to work hard to attract legal sized bream. It seemed like a different waterway to the pre-fish day and while bream, were tough to locate and catch, there was plenty of bi-catch, including some big trevally and even a massive grouper or two. Those who knuckled down and slogged it out found rewards in their persistence and adjustments to strategy.
The top 5 anglers shared total cash prize payout of $1,350 and over $1,250 in sponsor prizes were shared by Open and other divisional winners.
Fish Caught: 97
Anglers with Fish: 33 from 37
Total Weight: 42.53kg
Average Weight: 438g
Total Cash Payout: $1350
BRYANT THE MOOLOOLABA GIANT
Scott Bryant from Brisbane in Queensland gave a brief rundown on how he climbed to the top of the leader board in Mooloolaba.
“I did a bit of pre-fish in the area in the lead up months (to the event) but didn’t go out on pre-fish day, because I didn’t want to sting any of the fish. Knowing the area pretty well, I had a plan and was confident with it and it pretty much worked for me as expected”.
“Warm weather, clear skies and clear water is what I wanted and it happened. I had my bag of 4 bream by 8am, a high 30 (cm) and 3 just under 30. I predominately fished only one set of canals all day and just rotated through the same pontoons over, and over again, and I just kept pulling fish, upgrading a few times. I hit boat hulls as well, basically any structure that was in the shade”.
“As the tide changed, and started coming through in the morning the water really cleared up. I did have a quick look in other canals but they seemed to have a lot of sediment and didn’t quite look right to me. Where I chose to fish, the water was crystal clear and I could see the fish underneath the pontoons and the boat hulls, and it was just a matter of bringing them out into the open. I’d throw the hardbodies past the pontoons and slowly crank them back along the face, and when I’d see the fish follow the lure out I’d just pause it, they’d come up and pick it up, they’d try to go back under cover and away we’d go”.
“I was cranking the edge of the pontoons with little Jackall Chubbys, the Duo Ryuki Spearheads a couple of soft plastics including the Berkley Gulp shrimp, but 90% of my fish came on the hardbodies. I did find a pattern with the trevally that were in there, every time they started busting up, the bream got really aggressive and would start feeding on the edges”.
Rod : MajorCraft Skyroad 1-5kg
Reel : Shimano Twin Power 1000
Line : FC Sniper 3lb
Lure : Duo Ryuki Spearhead 50 MD
KING OF THE ROAD
Mitch King hauled his way up to Queensland from Victoria for the second time within a month to fish a Hobie comp, and his trip to Mooloolaba paid off in cash and 99 AOY points.
“I travelled all of the way from Vic (Victoria) to Mooloolaba and was able to do the pre-fish for a few hours and hit all of the areas that I had read about. I went down to the trawlers and had a bit of a play around, hit some rock walls, some flats and eliminated some of the spots. I found a canal set that was holding some good fish. I could see them sitting under pontoons and they were taking lures, so I knew that it was going to be a canal thing for me”.
“I started my comp day by heading straight to the trawlers hoping to pull a quick fish, but there were a lot of people there so I bailed (left) pretty, quickly and went into the canals. It was a slow start, which had me worried, but I hoped they would come on the chew as the tide rose later in the day”.
“I worked 3 or 4 sets of canals going up one side using a mixture of Gulps and Tiemco Stick Minnows. When I found the water was running a bit harder I threw on the faster sinking stuff. The stand out lure for me was definitely the stick minnow”.
“I ended up getting fish in scattered areas. They were few and far between, probably one every hour, but they were generally good fish”.
Rod : Miller Brawler
Reel : Daiwa Certate 2506
Line : Sunline Castaway 10lb
Leader : Sunline FC Rock 8lb
Lure : Tiemco Stick Minnow 007
ATOMIC BIG BREAM
Marco Grubb won the Atomic Big Bream $100 cash prize for the event. He caught his 980g bream, more than double the size of the average bream in the area, throwing crabs at the trawlers.
Rod : Daiwa Generation Black 1-2 kg
Reel : Daiwa Caldia
Line: Daiwa J Braid 6lb
Leader : Sunline 4lb
Lure : Spotted Cranka Crab
Callum Sprott from Queensland
Michelle Carmody from Queensland
Lex Irwin for Queensland
Hailey and Rob Paxevanos
Peter Chrimes from Queensland
MORTGAGE CORP MONSTER MOVER
Tim Olsen who traveled all of the way up from the Australian Capital Territory won the Mortgage Corp Power Pack for the tournament.
Hobie Polarized Round 11 will be held on the Swan River in Western Australia on August 26-27 and then, in what is expected to be a huge round to finish off the series prior to the Australian Championship, will be Rhino-Rack Round 12 at Forster in New South Wales on September 16-17.
Thank you to Sunstate Hobie for their dealer support and for the bbq and drinks after the angler’s day on the water.
Thanks also to our fantastic sponsors Daiwa, Berkley, Atomic, Lowrance, Rhino-Rack, Strike Pro, TT Lures, Pro Lure, JML Anglers Alliance, Mortgage Corp, Power-Pole, Hobie Polarized for their much, appreciated support.
|1||Scott Bryant||QLD||O||4||2.64||4||2.64||$570.00 + Sponsor Prize Pack|
|2||Mitch King||VIC||O||4||2.32||4||2.32||$340.00 + Sponsor Prize Pack|
|3||Steve Crawley||QLD||O||4||2.15||4||2.15||$200.00 + Sponsor Prize Pack|
|4||Marco Grubb||QLD||O||4||2.12||4||2.12||$140.00 + Sponsor Prize Pack|
|5||Luke Rogan||QLD||O||4||2.08||4||2.08||$100.00 + Sponsor Prize Pack|
|ATOMIC BIG BREAM WINNER|
|MORTGAGE CORP MONSTER MOVER|
|Tim Olsen||ACT||0.59||Sponsor Prize Pack|
|PA17T Tandem Division|
|1||Rob Paxevanos & Hailey Paxevanos||QLD||17T||Sponsor Prize Pack|
|1||Callum Sprott||QLD||1||0.5||Sponsor Prize Pack|
|Michelle Carmody||NSW||Sponsor Prize Pack|
|1||Lex Irwin||QLD||2||0.77||Sponsor Prize Pack|
|PA17T Tandem Division|
|Rob Paxevanos & Hailey Paxevanos||QLD||Sponsor Prize Pack|
|First Time Competitors|