Club Marine Sydney Harbour BREAM Challenge Final Results and Story

Ninety two anglers fought both bream and traffic on the weekend while Dick Cheney was in town, some surviving better than others.

Ninety two anglers fought both bream and traffic on the weekend while Dick Cheney was in town, some surviving better than others.

Finishing strongly from eighth place on Day 1 of the Club Marine Sydney Qualifier was Andrew Howard who compiled a 10/10 bag for 6.63 kilograms. Second went to Steve Morgan (10/10, 5.87kg), third (Mark Mangold, 10/10, 5.62kg), fourth (Andrew Homann 10/10, 5.56kg), and fifth (Darren Borg, 10/10, 5.48kg).

Howard, a carpenter from Taree used a Millerod 7ft Finesse rod matched to a Shimano Twin Power 1000 reel, spooled with 3lb Berkley Crystal and finished with 6lb Yamatoyo fluorocarbon.

Fishing Berkley 2 inch Shrimp (natural) on a Nitro 1/32 jighead, Howard would cast these under docks with lots of twitches, keeping the lure high in the water column looking for a follower.

Fishing the Black Wattle bay area and surrounds, Howard explained how important he found the presence of seaweed.

“At one spot with a vertical concrete wall, I would work the shrimp over the top of the weed, then let it sink down the face for 2 seconds” he hesitantly explained.

Finding a productive 100m stretch of horseshoe bay was the key to ac*****ulating Howard’s winning bag. The technique being to work the stretch, then leave and rest the spot before returning later several times.

Steve Morgan, the only Queensland boater to make the trip south, finished strongly to take second place. Catching the majority of his bream on hard bodied crankbaits on the Saturday and on surface poppers on Sunday, he juggled his spots to suit the conditions.

“I only know a couple of ways to catch bream in Sydney – in the Parramatta River on hard bodies and in Middle Harbour on topwater. The crankbait fish need current and the topwater bream need wind, so I’d spend the run-out tide in the Parra and then make the run to Middle Harbour mid-session.” Morgan said.

His Saturday bag was anchored with bream landed on an Ecogear SX40 (col 339) fished on 3lb Yamatoyo Spinning Fluoro around docks and rocky banks with a soft, 7” rod and 2500 Daiwa Airity.

“The Parramatta River bream were very structure-oriented on the last of the ebb tide – often the best cast was so close to structure that there was no chance of getting the fish out again. I suppose the guys at Ecogear like that pattern!” Steve joked.

After moving to Middle Harbour, Morgan fished the wind blown banks with ‘el-cheapo’ Gillies poppers, retro-fitted with Owner trebles on an Angler DCX 840 rod, Daiwa Airity reel, 2lb Platypus SuperBraid and 8lb Black Magic copolymer leader.

“Those clear water bream definitely bite better when it’s blowing – you pop the topwater a few times and you can see the bream shadow the lure before eating it. It’s great fun. You’ve just got to discipline yourself to not strike until the bream hooks itself,” Steve concluded.

Winning non-boater for the weekend was Craig Johnson. Fishing with Norm Kemp on Day 1 and Andrew Howard on Day 2, he ac*****ulated a 6/10, 3.14kg limit.

Fishing deep on Saturday in 20ft of water with Gulp worms and 3 inch craws, Johnson then made the switch on Day 2 with TT hidden weights and Gulp Smelt Minnows.

He used two outfits, a Millerod Brawler and a Millerod Classic with matching Shimano Stella and Sustain 1000 reels.

The $500 Go-So Big Bream cheque went to Vicki Winter who caught a 1.31kg brute from under the boats in Lane Cove on Day 1. Fishing with 2007 Oz Open Winner Wayne Reed, Vicki enticed the fish with a Berkley Gulp 3 inch grub (watermelon) rigged on a 1/16 Nitro jighead.

With over $10,000 in cash and prizes given away on the weekend, the tour heads south to the much awaited Tasmania rounds at St.Helens and the Derwent River. With high expectations of record breaking bags, make sure you visit www.bream.com.au for all the latest results.

Ford Ranger BREAM Series: Club Marine Sydney Harbour Boater Results

Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 TF TW Payout $
1 Andrew HOWARD NSW 5 2.87 5 3.76 10 6.63 2500
2 Steve MORGAN QLD 5 3.02 5 2.85 10 5.87 1250
3 Mark MANGOLD NSW 5 3.45 5 2.17 10 5.62 800
4 Andrew HOMANN NSW 5 2.57 5 2.99 10 5.56 600
5 Darren BORG NSW 5 2.95 5 2.53 10 5.48 500
6 Brendon HUGHES NSW 4 2.53 5 2.39 9 4.92 300
7 David GIBSON NSW 5 2.85 3 1.84 8 4.69 250
8 Warren CARTER Vic 5 3.5 3 1.17 8 4.67 200
9 John BALCOMB NSW 3 1.68 4 2.56 7 4.24 150
10 Russell BABEKUHL NSW 5 3.26 2 0.93 7 4.19 150
11 Scott TOWNER NSW 5 2.77 3 1.38 8 4.15
12 Norm KEMP NSW 3 1.7 4 2.41 7 4.11
13 Scott LEAR NSW 4 2.72 2 1.31 6 4.03
14 David WELFARE NSW 5 3.34 1 0.61 6 3.95
15 Glenn HELMERS NSW 5 3.01 1 0.62 6 3.63
16 Bill KARAYANNIS NSW 2 1.38 3 2.24 5 3.62
17 Michael COLLINS NSW 1 0.41 5 3.11 6 3.52
18 Aaron HORNE NSW 2 0.88 5 2.4 7 3.28
19 Bill PARASIRIS NSW 5 2.2 2 1.08 7 3.28
20 Todd YOUNG NSW 1 0.9 5 2.2 6 3.1
21 David TOSLAND NSW 2 1.27 2 1.51 4 2.78
22 Richard POTTER NSW 5 2.6 5 2.6
23 Adam WARD NSW 5 2.25 5 2.25
24 Jason DUNNE NSW 5 2.22 5 2.22
25 Alan LOFTUS NSW 1 0.56 3 1.65 4 2.21
26 Wayne REED NSW 4 2.04 4 2.04
27 Craig SEIGNIOR VIC 3 1.45 1 0.48 4 1.93
28 Daniel BROWN NSW 1 0.56 3 1.27 4 1.83
29 Sam REID NSW 1 0.61 2 1.2 3 1.81
30 Martin RICHARDSON NSW 1 0.47 3 1.3 4 1.77
31 Ian MILLER NSW 1 0.5 2 1.14 3 1.64
32 Matthew WORBOYS NSW 3 1.4 3 1.4
33 William LONGANI ACT 2 0.9 1 0.5 3 1.4
34 Steven PIETRASZKIEWICZ NSW 1 0.53 2 0.84 3 1.37
35 Yilmaz NEZIZ NSW 3 1.3 3 1.3
36 Michael PASSAU NSW 1 0.44 1 0.77 2 1.21
37 Greg LEE NSW 2 1.18 2 1.18
38 Steve POURNIOTIS NSW 2 1.08 2 1.08
39 Neil FOLEY NSW 2 0.83 2 0.83
40 Christian SERNE NSW 2 0.82 2 0.82
41 Chris HORNE Qld 1 0.37 1 0.44 2 0.81
42 David WILLIAMSON NSW 1 0.79 1 0.79
43 Neil KELLY NSW 1 0.48 1 0.48
44 Craig GREENAWAY NSW 1 0.4 1 0.4
45 Bill MAGUIRE NSW
45 Michael REID NSW
45 Brett YOUNG NSW

Ford Ranger BREAM Series: Club Marine Sydney Harbour Non-Boater Results

Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 TF TW Payout
1 Craig JOHNSON NSW 3 1.38 3 1.76 6 3.14 Lamiglas XPS702BA rod, Daiwa Fuego 2000, Prize Pack
2 Dean HAMMOND NSW 4 1.44 3 1.22 7 2.66 Sahara 2500, Prize Pack
3 Ben TURBOTT NSW 1 0.69 3 1.89 4 2.58 Raider 7’2 Finesse Bream, Prize Pack
4 Vicki WINTER NSW 2 2.04 1 0.4 3 2.44 Tica Libra, Prize Pack
5 Ricky TURNER NSW 2 1.19 1 0.78 3 1.97 Spotters Prize Pack
6 Brad GOYEN NSW 1 0.39 3 1.34 4 1.73 Prize Pack
7 James YEUNG NSW 3 1.55 3 1.55 Prize Pack
8 Greg SEETO NSW 1 0.38 2 1.17 3 1.55 Prize Pack
9 Tony STEINER NSW 1 0.43 2 1.08 3 1.51 Prize Pack
10 Karen FONTAINE NSW 1 0.49 2 0.99 3 1.48 Prize Pack
11 Michael COLOTOUROS NSW 1 0.57 2 0.88 3 1.45
12 Steve REILLY NSW 2 0.97 1 0.44 3 1.41
13 Garry HOLLAND NSW 2 0.66 2 0.73 4 1.39
14 Daniel BONACORRSO NSW 2 1.33 2 1.33
15 Peter MORGAN QLD 1 0.92 1 0.39 2 1.31
16 Jason MAYBERRY NSW 1 0.55 1 0.73 2 1.28
17 Simon SCZEPANIAK NSW 3 1.27 3 1.27
18 Graham FRANKLIN NSW 3 1.26 3 1.26
19 Karen BERRY NSW 3 1.24 3 1.24
20 Joe PIETRASZKIEWICZ NSW 3 1.21 3 1.21
21 Peter GODFREY NSW 2 1.09 2 1.09
22 Christopher POPPETT NSW 2 0.97 2 0.97
23 Jay ROOK NSW 2 0.89 2 0.89
24 Russell LEONARD NSW 1 0.39 1 0.47 2 0.86
25 Luke SCHWEIIZER NSW 2 0.85 2 0.85
25 Nicholas NAVARRO NSW 1 0.85 1 0.85
27 Ron ABDILLA NSW 2 0.84 2 0.84
28 James HICKSON NSW 2 0.75 2 0.75
29 Ian OUTZEN NSW 0 -0.15 2 0.85 2 0.7
30 Gary LEE NSW 1 0.62 1 0.62
31 Mark MCCREADIE NSW 1 0.56 1 0.56
32 Paul HOOK NSW 1 0.46 1 0.46
33 Geoffrey BORG NSW 1 0.44 1 0.44
34 Neil CHEGWIDDEN NSW 1 0.41 1 0.41
35 Codie STEWART NSW 1 0.39 1 0.39
36 Chris SUMMERHAYES NSW
36 John COURTNEY NSW
36 Matthew WEBB NSW
36 Andrew HANSLER NSW
36 Jeff MOULDS ACT
36 Jonathon FITZGIBBON NSW
36 Matthew TAYLOR NSW
36 Don PROVEST NSW
36 Patrick DEBATTISTA NSW
36 Craig HEWETT NSW