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Australian Bass Tournament Presents

2016 Costa Derwent River BREAM Qualifier – EVENT RESULTS

Gilly a bridesmaid no more

Steve Gill (Gilly) has had seven, third place finishes in ABT BREAM Qualifiers. He was almost the Gerald Swindle of BREAM competition in Australia, labelled the best to never win a BREAM Qualifier or Grand Final. Well, that monkey is well and truly off his back now with the Victorian blitzing the field at his favourite tournament arena. Gilly achieved an impressive 10/10 limit for an 11.65kg bag, which beat his nearest competitor by over 2kg.

“I couldn’t think of a better place to notch up my first ABT victory,” said Gilly when interviewed after the tournament. “Things happen for a reason and this place is red-hot, it can be tough at times to locate the fish, but when you find them you remember why you travelled so far to get there.”

Anglers were left cold and wet after a serious storm front rolled through on the Sunday morning, but that didn’t faze Gilly, who held the overnight lead.

“At one stage I nearly got blown off the front deck of my boat, it was that windy.” The adverse conditions didn’t faze him though, as he brought the biggest bag of his ABT career and the biggest bag of the tournament to the scales on Sunday afternoon. Faced with challenging low tides early in both sessions, the key to success at the Costa Derwent River BREAM Qualifier was to find an area with sufficient depth to catch fish before the tide started to rise.

“High tide on the Derwent makes it a much easier place to figure out, I knew I had to work something out for the low tide so I could at least catch a few fish early before looking for upgrades as the water came in,” explained Gilly.

Starting each day on shallow muddy flats upstream of the Bowen Bridge, Gilly managed a number of fish early each session. As the tide rose over the rocky edges, he turned his attention to active fish that had moved up with the tide looking to feed.

Reflective coloured slim profile jerkbaits have always been the popular lure when the ABT tour rolls into Tassie, and Gilly didn’t try to re-write the books when it came to catching the biggest bream in Australia.

Arming himself with two different colours (reflect ayu and half mirror smelt) of the popular Nories Laydown Minnow (Shallow), Gilly fired long casts out over the flat, and began to methodically work the area with a textbook twitch and pause retrieve.

“You’ve got to fish slowly when fishing for black bream,” said Gilly. After watching his non-boater Rebecca Fazio get off to a flying start on the first morning, Gilly hit his stride, putting together his then current personal best ABT bag of 5.73kg. Not content with that, Gilly went on and broke his mark again on the second day, weighing an impressive 5.92kg limit, which included the tournament big bream. It wasn’t all high fives and smiles on Day 2 however, with four fish in the box early, Gilly struggled through until almost 1pm, when he knew the tide would be up. A move upstream of the Bridgewater Bridge proved perfect, with an almost 40cm bream caught on his first cast. Shortly after, the 41cm kicker came aboard and it was then that he knew he would be hard to chase down.

Gilly’s equipment for the weekend consisted of a quiver of Howler Custom Rods that he paired with the new Shimano Twinpower reel, which he had bought new, especially for the trip across the Bass Strait. He spooled the reel with Yamatoyo Resin Sheller PE in 9lb and topped it off with Yamatoyo Rockfish fluorocarbon leader in 4lb.

Gilly was well rewarded for his efforts, taking home almost $2500 in prize money and instantly qualifying for the St Georges Basin BREAM Grand Final. He also now finds himself in a three-way tie for the PowerPole Angler of the Year title with two other ABT veterans – Warren Carter and Steve Morgan. The race is well and truly on as the BREAM tour heads to Forster for Round 6.

Lister lets loose for 2nd Place

Canberra’s Alan Lister remained consistent through the two tournament sessions to notch a runner-up finish, thanks to a 10/10, 9.3kg limit. Lister finished a disappointing 17th at the first event at St Helens, but turned his tour around at the Costa Derwent River BREAM Qualifier by focusing on the area he found on the Friday pre-fish.

“I actually came down to Tasmania with a friend of mine before the pre-fish ban started. We fished the Derwent for four days and caught a few fish. It’s such a big arena that come the official pre-fish day, I actually chose not to visit any areas I had explored on my pre-practice trip.” said Lister.

He’s not wrong – the Derwent system is expansive and encompasses plenty of small bays and coves, as well as a huge area near the mouth known as Ralphs Bay. During his pre-practice Lister located a small bay off the main river in which he’d experienced a double hook-up of 1.2kg Derwent River brutes.

“I started the first day in that small bay. I had waypoints all over the place from where I’d caught fish a few weeks earlier, but it didn’t pay out during the tournament,” explained Lister.

Turning to Plan B, Lister moved to a bank he’d found in the main river and the first fish he managed to boat went over 1.2kg. Lister had visited the local tackle store before fishing the event, and picked up a Daiwa Presso Minnow. He went on to use the lure for the entirety of the two tournament sessions.

“I had a box full of slim profile jerkbaits, but I don’t think I could have caught any more, or better fish by using something else. So I just committed to the Presso Minnow and it paid off,” he said.

Lister went on to upgrade a number of smaller fish through Day 1, and returned to the scales and was pleasantly surprised to find he’s weighed the magic 5kg bag. Sitting in 2nd place overnight, Lister was determined to continue fishing with the open mind that had led him to success the previous day.

“I was a ball of nerves on the start line on the second day, I had to tell myself to just fish for fun and enjoy the day because I knew if I let it get to me I’d fish too fast and miss some opportunities,” he said.

Fishing slow was the key, after receiving some advice from other competitors that emphasised the need to slow down when fishing for the big black bream that call the Derwent home.

“I’d retrieve my lure with a twitch and pause retrieve, sometimes letting the lure sit for over 10 seconds” Lister said. On more than one occasion, Lister would turn his back to do something, and his braid would snap straight with the force of a Derwent kegger on the other end.

“Every single bite I had over the two tournament days came when the lure was stationary,” he said. This emphasises the need for a patient mind while tournament fishing in Tasmania. At one stage, Lister witnessed a 1kg+ bream inhale his lure in front of his eyes, yet he failed to feel or see the bite.

Lister relied on a Shimano 3-Zero 1-3kg rod, paired with a Daiwa Aird 2000 reel. He strung up with 6lb braided mainline and his connection to his newly found Presso Minnow was 2 rod lengths of 4lb Sunline FC-Rock fluorocarbon leader.

With qualification now locked away for the Costa St Georges Basin BREAM Grand Final, Lister can fish carefree through the rest of the tournament season.

“Living in Canberra, if I had to name my local bream waters, it would probably have to be St Georges Basin. So I’m looking forward to hitting the water when I can over the rest of the year to prepare for the Grand Final.”

Fazio unfazed by the competition

Rebecca Fazio has claimed her second ABT non-boater event win, four years after her first at St Georges Basin. The long-time non-boater was thrilled to weigh her personal best 5/5 (5.07kg) bag during the first day of competition with event champion Steve Gill. With the pair catching an impressive 10.8kg combined limit for the day.

Returning to the scales on Sunday with a 5/5 3.7kg bag, Fazio was sceptical if it would be enough to retain her overnight lead.

“I didn’t think I had quite that much weight as I was walking up to the bump tubs,” explained Fazio. In the end, it was more than enough to relegate St Helens non-boater champion Michael Alexander to second place. Paired with Steve Gill and Kris Hickson over the course of the weekend, Fazio was always going to be around the fish, it was up to her to convert them into weight on the scales.

“The first day with Gilly started perfectly, flying off the mark with a number of good fish early on a Jackall Colt Minnow. I couldn’t believe how well the day went with Gilly, I landed twelve legal bream with the biggest just over 38cm to the fork,” explained Fazio.

Waking Sunday morning to the overcast and reckoning skies, Fazio was dealt a dose of the ‘who shares wins’ ABT motto. Hickson’s electric motor batteries had died within an hour of the start, and he selflessly paddled the boat around in blustery conditions so that Rebecca had the best chances of catching her five fish.

“It looked really funny to watch someone paddling a 20ft bass boat around, and I must say I really appreciate what Kris did for me during that second day,” said Fazio.

Between the successful Colt Minnow from the previous day, Fazio also rotated in a Smith Panish and Cranka Crab to catch her Sunday limit and propel her to victory.

“I can’t wait to get back to St Georges Basin for this year’s Costa BREAM Grand Final, I missed last year’s Grand Final because I ran out of annual leave, so I’m making sure I’ve got enough for when the Grand Final rolls around.”

Event images can be found

Costa BREAM Series: Costa Derwent River BREAM Qualifier Boater Results

RankingPreviousAngler StateTotal
11Chris BurbidgeVIC333
22Richard SomertonVIC292
33Michael MaasQLD279
44Glenn AllenNSW279
55Simon MorleyNSW272
66Carl DuboisNSW249
77Stewart DunnNSW245
88Ben PhayerVic234
910Tony PettieVIC228
109Jason MeechNSW221
1112Luke KayNSW211
1213Matt PetrieVIC200
1314Joel CrosbieVIC200
1424Kendall SooQLD198
1515Brian HuntNSW193
1611Kane TerryNSW190
1716Jonathan ChenACT189
1832Tyson HayesQLD185
1917Corey GallagherVic180
2019Mark YoungNSW173
2120Shane OwensWA172
2222Kevin VartyNSW168
2339Stephen MaasQLD164
2423Neil CarstairsVIC164
2525Robert SgambelluriWA163
2626Mitch KingVic162
2727Joseph GardnerWA154
2828Alex GreisdorfWA154
2918Jason DeenenVIC152
3029Clark WilsonVIC152
3133Guy Struthers QLD146
3235Luke RoganQLD145
3336Patrick McQuarrieNSW144
3438Mark MuggletonNSW143
3521Andrew DeathNSW143
3656Michael HallidayQLD139
3740Chesney FungVIC139
3842Jim BarrieNSW137
3943Mark CromptonNSW136
4050Steve CrawleyQLD134
4145Scott LovigVIC133
4230James RoganNSW131
4346David AytonVIC128
4447Jason ReidNSW128
4570James HowarthNSW127
4637Eric WoodNSW127
4748Mat CameronNSW123
4844Nick MaceVIC123
4949Dave HedgeNSW122
5034Jon ClisbyVIC121
5161Aaron WilliamsVIC120
5231Nathan PreziosoVIC118
5352Brett OzanneWA116
5453Martin FellowsVIC114
5565Scott SandilandsQLD113
5655Warren AllenNSW112
5751Ben HarrisonSA108
5857Paul MalovVIC108
5959Jesse ChoyWA107
6060Daniel BradyVIC107
6163James KilpatrickNSW105
6241Scott MarcinkowskiNSW104
63104Jason GarnerQLD103
6474Warren CossellQLD103
6566Bogdan ZisuVIC102
6667Geoff AlfordACT102
6754Steven PrykeVic99
6869Rick MassieVIC99
6971Massimo SalamoneWA94
7072Joe FrancoWA94
7173Scott BakerVIC94
7275Gary HansonVic92
7364Paul DavidsonVIC92
7476Alex WhiteheadSA91
7577Wade MobbsNSW91
7678Scott CarmodyNSW91
7779Peter GardiakosVIC91
7880Kristoffer HicksonNSW89
7958Jason LambertNSW89
8081Jeremy ThomasNSW89
8182Kepler WeberWA85
8283Scott SlatteryNSW84
8368Joshua SmithVic83
8484Josh CarpenterNSW82
8585Andy MitchellWA79
8686Tim StylianouWA78
8787Steve ThomasVIC78
8888Darryl HeadNSW77
8989Terry GrimaNSW77
9090Steve OwensWA76
9191Mathew JeffreyWA75
9292Andrew KrushkaTAS75
9393David ShanahanVIC74
9494Byron HillNSW74
9595Derek HamerNSW73
9696Andrew HancoxNSW72
9762Justin DingwallVIC72
98111Tim MaasQLD70
9998Shane FerrisNSW68
10099Greg CooperWA67
101102Jake GillWA63
102110Lex IrwinQLD60
103101Peter WhelanVIC60
104106Bryce BeecheyNSW60
105107Josh KlimasNSW59
106109Lynden BriggsNSW58
107112Dayne Taylor55
108113Dylan HennessVIC55
109114Matt HooperNSW55
110115Jason ChildsNSW54
111116Brian RutledgeNSW54
112108Chris LyonsVIC54
113117Jordan TrustyVIC52
114105Paul Hardiman51
115118Murray WhiteTas51
116103Mark CribbesVIC51
117119Robert PeachWA50
118120Hamish McNabWA50
119121Travis BryanTas49
120122Adam NevilleTas47
121100Ty HanleyVIC44
122123Barry BrownriggWA44
123127Denis MetzdorfQLD43
124125Dean GambleVic43
125126John SorrellWA43
126128Shaun MoranWA42
127129Trevor GreenNSW42
128130Dan Walter41
129131Graeme KovacevichWA41
130184Alan BritcliffeQLD40
131132Brad ChinNSW40
132134Daniel BrownNSW40
133135Nathan CliffNSW40
134210Richard OrchardQLD39
135136Alex FranchukVIC39
136137Brad MartinWA39
137138Anthony SteersQLD39
138139Christopher PurnellNSW39
139140Brett CroweNSW39
140141Ian SewellWA39
141176Jack GammieNSW38
142152Michelle CarmodyNSW38
143142Tony CurwenVic37
144143Patrick WilsonACT36
145144Jon FieldWA36
146145Adam CostaNSW36
147146Kyle PettieVIC36
148155Marco Grubb34
149149Dave MannNSW34
150150Ronnie SonterNSW34
151151Kayne DrolletNSW34
15297Shane TaylorNSW32
153153Brad WilliamsNSW31
154154Tarrant Trent DrolletNSW31
155156Dominique CeraWA31
156157Richard BensonNSW30
157158Zac O'SullivanNSW30
158159Mitch VaneWA30
159160Jesse GoughQLD29
160161Jim HallidayNSW28
161162Dayne FerryWA28
162163Chris SeetoNSW28
163164Brian NortonWA28
164165Tim GolbyVIC28
165166Steven GaltWA28
166167Ron HallQLD28
167168Rodney O'Sullivan27
168169Paul McCullochWA27
169170Darren EvansNSW27
170171Jonty KrushkaTAS26
171172Mirek SoucekWA26
172173Peter WoodsNSW25
173174Scott HollowayTas24
174175Ed BradfieldWA24
175178Rhett GillSA23
176124Stephen MajeraVic23
177180Paul WhiteheadSA22
178181Bruce RollinsVIC22
179182Mark HodkinsonQLD22
180183Huw Kearney22
181148Chad AumannVIC22
182185Brendon KnowlesWA21
183186Michelle Gamble21
184187Mark McKay21
185NilFelippe GapskiQLD20
186188Michelle PardiniWA20
187189Reece BrainWA20
188190Justin DesmarchelierQLD20
189191Lex WhiteheadSA20
190192Tom McLeanNSW20
191133John WhelanNSW20
192299Michael RandallQLD19
193193Steve MorganQLD19
194194Craig Leatt HayterWA18
195195Gillian KnightVic18
196196Paul DunlopNSW18
197197Szarn TinkWA18
198228Jarryd AlecksonQLD17
199199Oli StevensonWA17
200200Anthony Correnti17
201201Jordan MathewsWA17
202203Dean PatemanNSW16
203204Will DavisNSW16
204205Colin PeaseyWA16
205206Brad PatmanWA16
206207Ricky Owen16
207208Lachlan CostelloWA16
208209Chris Williams16
209211Stuart MayWA15
210177Dale BaxterVIC15
211212Vicki Lear15
212213Adam Vanderlugt15
213214Geoff SpadacciniWA15
214217Pete BostockQLD15
215218Peter BalzanVIC14
216219Cameron ColeTas14
217220Brendan ChambersWA14
218147Nathan AnnenNSW14
219221Chris Byrne14
220222Anthony ElbersWA14
221223Philip Knight14
222NilWade WalkerQLD13
223230Ryan PrzeklasaQLD13
224224Ralph Eriksson13
225225Steven MorrisonWA13
226226Mathew MasonwellsQLD13
227NilBilly HowardQLD12
228227Dane Pryce12
229229Troy CharnockNSW12
230NilJamie McKeownQLD11
231231Sam Beavis11
232232Dan SmithWA11
233233Jessie Riley11
234234Jordan SantosVic11
235235Wayne RobinsonNSW11
236236Lex ForbesVic11
237237Dave MorrisVIC11
238238Dave WallaceWA10
239239Craig WallaceNSW10
240240Amy Barrie10
241241Darrin Haywood10
242242Kevin WinchesterNSW10
243244Matthew FordNSW10
244245Tracey WrightNSW9
245246Jeff CorkillWA9
246247Aaron Vandevent9
247248Lucas CrossWA9
248249Danny TorgersenVic9
249250Keith AndrewsWA8
250251Richard DaviesVic8
251252Eamonn HannahWA8
252NilJoshua GollanQLD7
253253Samantha RutledgeQLD7
254254Ka Ching Chung6
255255Didier BlanquartWA6
256256Tony Sansom6
257257Scott BryantQLD6
258258Phillip CockshuttWA6
259259Peter Christensen4
260260Jenny GardnerWA4
261262Michael Passau3
262263Chriss Apos3
263264Steve FieldsNSW3
264345Wendy SandilandsQLD2
265265Gard SaxonTas2
266267Brendan CroftNSW2
267268Andre Dukino1
268269James PatersonNSW1
269270Neil HutchinsSA1

Costa BREAM Series: Costa Derwent River BREAM Qualifier Non-Boater Results

11Adrian Wilson235
22Charles West227
33Joseph Urquhart182
44Matthew Flynn175
55Michael Rowswell167
66Aaron Kemp166
77Scott Bryant150
810Tom Reynolds142
98Nathan Swanson126
1011Nigel Skyring122
1112Chelsey Lennon121
129Robert Butler116
1313Dean Thompson113
1318Jesper Noisen113
1515Tim Nagano110
1617Mark Palzzzi103
1720Trent Blake99
1821Brett Kleinschmidt90
1929Paul McHugh80
1916Shaun Falkenhagen80
2123Jonathon Bale79
2123Steve McLean79
2319Brady Ellis78
2429Graham Dodds73
2522Chris Osley72
2631Paul Phillips70
2633Stuart France70
2826Brenton Smith69
2928Sean Connelly68
3038Adrian Manolea64
3014Pete Bostock64
3246Christian Manolea57
3327Darren Painter55
3334Glen Swanson55
3332Jay Nott55
3639Rob March54
3769Alan Britcliffe47
3737Jeremy Wakelin47
3923Matt Johnson45
3939Nick Nutley45
4142Drew Sharpe44
4241Les Smith43
4343Daniel Patton40
4343Felippe Gapski40
4552Brandon Goulding39
4573Liam Dutton39
4745Robert Thornton38
48Luke Albone37
4846Stewart Hansen37
5034Justin Thompson34
5049Luke Clark34
5049Mark King34
5352Brett Dinham31
53Mick Horn31
5554Daniel Kelly30
5655John Picton28
5655Liam Fitzpatrick28
5857Tim Steenhuis27
5970Dale Morgan25
6058Darren Little24
6058Deegan Graham24
6058Leesa King24
6361David Lane23
6378Kyle Osmond23
6361Thomas Patton23
6348Troy Czernia23
6736Craig Atta-singh22
6763Joe O'Sullivan22
6763Nathan Freys22
6763Steve Kanowski22
7166Andrew Jeavons21
7166Jack Davis21
7368Aaron Swanson20
7470James Reid18
7449Joe Allan18
7470Keefe Spann18
74Matt Williams18
7873Nabeel Issa17
79Chris Shaw15
8075Deon Robertson14
8075Ron Graham14
8277Mitchell Michael13
83Nathan Hugget11
8479Tony Thorley10
8580Jake Dudgeon9
8681Luke Reis8
8782Mark McKay7
8883Elliot Fooks6
8984Rob Gaden3
9085Dylon Byron1