Shimano Clarence River BREAM Super Series Story and Results

The ABT Shimano Clarence River Super Series Event held on the weekend of June 8-10 was a hit with the locals and a goal fulfilled for back to back winner Darren ‘Dizzy’ Borg.

The ABT Shimano Clarence River Super Series Event held on the weekend of June 8-10 was a hit with the locals and a goal fulfilled for back to back winner Darren ‘Dizzy’ Borg.
Having finished runner up at the Taree Super Series Event and seventh at the Hawkesbury two weeks prior, Borg felt some pressure to succeed on his home waters. Starting in fourth place on the final morning, some 180 grams behind the leader, the $10,000 oversize Shimano cheque was anybodies.
Weighing in 5/5, 3.08kg (total 15/15, 9.44kg), to take the Shimano hot seat from Matt Fraser (15/15, 8.73kg) Borg was nervous to say the least with Scott Towner weighing in last and needing 3kg even to win the event. As Towner’s bag passed by Dizzy’s eyes towards the scale the crowd fell silent.
“2.94kg,” came the call from the Weigh Master.
Borg had just done enough to hold off his fellow AFC opponent and at the same time claim the 2007 NSW Angler of the Year Trophy.
Taking advantage of the Sponsor Bonus program, Dizzy used Angler Rods DCX 840 and 841 models, and managed to get his grand final entry fees paid for. Matched to these rods he used Stealth 2000 reels spooled with 4lb Berkley Fireline and 6lb Yamatoyo fluorocarbon.
Working the Brown’s Rocks area first up, Borg would then move to the walls in the middle of the day, before heading back to Brown’s Rock.
In an average of eight metres of water depth, Borg would work a TT 1/6th jig head in the strong current, as it slowed he worked back through the weight range to 1/16th to continue the finesse bite.
Using the popular 2 inch Berkley Gulp Shrimp in a variety of colours, Borg would collate his bag then rig both the larger three inch version and a hard body to upgrade.
His hard body of choice was the Zip Bait 50mm Calibra. Darren explains his unique technique.
“In the deep water, I would let the line fall off the spool and the lure sink with the current. I would then lift the lure from under the boat and hold it suspended for ten seconds. It was while the lure was suspended that the bream would grab the crankbait and hold on. If not, I would let the lure flutter to the bottom once again, before repeating the process,” he said.
In contrast to Darren’s bottom of the river bags, Towner headed upstream from Maclean to fill his well. Using Berkley Pro Tactic rods in the 7ft 2-4kg range matched to Abu Cardinal 802 reels spooled with 6lb Berkley Crystal and 4lb Vanish leader.
Throwing Berkley Gulp 2” Shrimp in lime tiger for the majority of the weekend, Towner went through as many as fifteen packets with lots of those pesky undersize bream.
Rigged on Nitro 1/16th jigheads, Towner would target the tight overhanging structure and continue to hop the lure down the rocks. Looking for upgrades, he would then move to the flats and cast 1/8th jigheads at a 45 degree angle ahead of the boat and hop the lure back with the current. It was here, that he would interchange the shrimp with the Berkley Sandworm to upgrade.
Winning non boater for the weekend was Peter Kelleher scoring 10/10, 5.78kg. Using a Millerod Bream Buster 6’6” and a Daiwa Luvius 1500 reel spooled with 4lb Berkley Fireline and Vanish.
Using Berkley Gulp 2” Shrimp in molting on TT 1/8th and 1/6th jigheads, Kelleher fished the rock walls on day one, letting his lure sink with the current and waiting for the bite. Day 2 meant fishing Brown’s Rocks all day, where he could cast out far, let the plastic sink and bounce it along the bottom with the boat drift.
The most talked about angler on the weekend had to be Gary Newell. With his first ever five out of five bag at an ABT event, it placed him in the lead on Day 1 with 3.77kg. With a kicker fish of 1.07kg that eventually won him the $500 Go-So Big Bream cheque, Gary hooked this at Brown’s Rocks on a Berkley Gulp 2” Shrimp.
Sleep deprived, Gary set out on Day 2 with the lead. Only one bream to his name early, the move to Palmer’s channel to get away from the crowd at Brown’s Rocks worked, scoring another four fish.
Never confident, Gary weighed in 2.77kg to make the Top Ten cut and head out in first place on the Shootout Sunday. Ranked 147th in the current www.bream.com.au rankings, Gary had six out of the ten hottest ranked breamers on his tail.
Alas, Sunday wasn’t to be for Gary with only four fish. But he walked away a star in the eyes of crowd, with his cheque and experience from the thrill of a Super Series event.
Along with five others, Gary qualified for the Grand Final held at Lake Macquarie in November. With only three more bream events for the year, it will be here sooner than you think.
For all the information on ABT events, log onto www.bream.com.au and you too could be fighting it out for $25,000 cash or that exclusive AFC spot at the Grand Final.

Ford Ranger Clarence Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout $
1 Darren BORG NSW 5 2.92 5 3.44 5 3.08 15 9.44 10000 + $250 Mercury Bonus
2 Scott TOWNER NSW 5 3.61 5 2.83 5 2.94 15 9.38 5000
3 Matt FRASER QLD 5 3.35 5 2.28 5 3.1 15 8.73 3000
4 Nigel WEBSTER QLD 5 2.92 5 3.12 5 2.49 15 8.53 2000
5 Drew GRIFFITH Qld 5 3.13 5 2.58 5 2.73 15 8.44 1000
6 Russell BABEKUHL NSW 5 3.26 5 2.25 5 2.82 15 8.33 900
7 Gary NEWELL NSW 5 3.77 5 2.77 4 1.78 14 8.32 800 + $500 Go-So Big Bream
8 Warren CARTER Vic 5 2.63 5 3.27 5 2.08 15 7.98 700
9 Mark MANGOLD NSW 5 3.03 5 2.52 5 2.25 15 7.8 600
10 Anthony WISHEY QLD 5 3.4 5 3 10 6.4 500
11 Mark DUNPHY NSW 5 2.66 5 2.56 10 5.22
12 John BALCOMB NSW 5 1.94 5 3.21 10 5.15
13 Trent SHORT NSW 5 2.6 5 2.54 10 5.14
14 Steve MORGAN QLD 5 2.74 5 2.34 10 5.08
15 Adam WARD NSW 5 2.81 5 2.04 10 4.85
16 Chris HORNE Qld 5 3.12 3 1.67 8 4.79
17 Daniel BROWN NSW 5 2.56 5 2.21 10 4.77
18 Robert KWIATKOWSKI Qld 5 2.91 5 1.81 10 4.72
19 Robert IRONS NSW 4 2.18 5 2.44 9 4.62
20 Dean HAMMOND NSW 5 2.7 4 1.72 9 4.42
21 Stephen WILSON QLD 4 1.72 5 2.64 9 4.36
22 Warren HUGHES NSW 5 2.27 5 1.98 10 4.25
23 Brendon HUGHES NSW 4 1.74 5 2.32 9 4.06
24 Glenn HELMERS NSW 5 2.71 2 1.09 7 3.8
25 Michael STARKEY NSW 5 2.3 4 1.44 9 3.74
26 Steven MCDONALD QLD 5 2.21 4 1.53 9 3.74
27 Karen BERRY NSW 3 2.05 4 1.62 7 3.67
28 Martin RICHARDSON NSW 1 0.47 5 3.01 6 3.48
29 Chris BRITTON QLD 5 2.5 2 0.82 7 3.32
30 Mark LAWSON QLD 2 0.99 4 2.3 6 3.29
31 Daniel CUPITT NSW 4 2.11 3 1.01 7 3.12
32 Dave ROBINSON QLD 2 0.77 5 2.22 7 2.99
33 Rod SHORTEN NSW 4 1.82 3 1.07 7 2.89
34 Dean SILVESTER QLD 2 1.12 4 1.75 6 2.87
35 Neil CHEGWIDDEN NSW 5 2.08 2 0.7 7 2.78
36 Michael TORLEY QLD 5 2.39 1 0.36 6 2.75
37 Tom WEIERS NSW 3 1.55 3 1.07 6 2.62
38 Peter MORGAN QLD 1 0.39 5 2.13 6 2.52
39 Kristoffer HICKSON NSW 2 0.81 4 1.53 6 2.34
40 Yilmaz NEZIZ NSW 5 2.21 5 2.21
41 Jamie BRADSHAW NSW 3 1.25 2 0.95 5 2.2
42 Bill DELANEY NSW 3 1.37 1 0.8 4 2.17
44 Andrew ORLEY Qld 2 0.99 2 0.99 4 1.98
45 Kerry SYMES QLD 1 0.43 3 1.29 4 1.72
46 Dale JOHNSON NSW 4 1.47 4 1.47
47 William LEE QLD 3 1.02 3 1.02
48 David WELFARE NSW 1 0.39 3 0.59 4 0.98
49 David WARD QLD 2 0.88 2 0.88
50 Darren GEORGESTON NSW 1 0.41 1 0.41
51 Harry WATSON QLD 2 0.69 -0.75 2 -6.00E-02
Ford Ranger Clarence Non-Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 Peter KELLEHER QLD 5 3.23 5 2.55 10 5.78 JW Watersnake, Sedona, Prize Pack
2 Mark HEALEY NSW 5 3.18 5 2.46 10 5.64 G.Loomis Mossyback, Prize Pack
3 Drew RHODES NSW 5 2.6 5 2.35 10 4.95 Starlo Stix Squidgy Spin, Prize Pack
4 Matthew FINNEY QLD 5 2.85 4 1.94 9 4.79 Starlo Stix Squidgy Spin, Prize Pack
5 Paul GILLESPIE NSW 5 2.77 4 1.69 9 4.46 Spotters Prize Pack
6 Arthur HATZIPETROW Qld 5 2.07 5 2.31 10 4.38 Ugly Fish, Prize Pack
7 Trent FAHEY NSW 5 2.43 4 1.55 9 3.98 Starlo Stix Squidgy BC, Prize Pack
8 Norm KEMP NSW 5 2.62 2 1.18 7 3.8 Prize Pack
9 Joel NORMAN NSW 4 1.94 4 1.83 8 3.77 Prize Pack
10 Dave TRINDER NSW 4 1.95 4 1.72 8 3.67 Prize Pack
11 Russell LEONARD NSW 5 1.93 4 1.62 9 3.55
12 Anthony DUFF NSW 5 2.38 3 1.16 8 3.54
13 Chris MAAS Qld 4 2.23 2 1.11 6 3.34
14 Jordon MCKEON NSW 5 2.89 1 0.33 6 3.22
15 Ryan DIXON Qld 1 0.61 5 2.54 6 3.15
16 Justin GORNALL NSW 3 1.01 5 2.13 8 3.14
17 David WALMSLEY NSW 5 2.28 2 0.8 7 3.08
18 Stephen KANOWSKI QLD 1 0.42 4 2.62 5 3.04
19 Andrew DIBLEY Vic 3 2.08 2 0.69 5 2.77
20 Michael COLOTOUROS NSW 4 1.52 3 1.07 7 2.59
21 Geoffrey BORG NSW 5 2.58 5 2.58
22 Ben LOCKWOOD NSW 3 1.16 3 1.42 6 2.58
23 Michael MAAS QLD 5 2.45 5 2.45
24 Spiro ZANTIOTIS QLD 4 1.95 1 0.37 5 2.32
25 Ben DENEEN QLD 4 1.82 3 0.48 7 2.3
26 Grant MANUSU NSW 3 1.36 2 0.82 5 2.18
27 John GALLETLY NSW 3 1.27 2 0.9 5 2.17
28 Malcolm BARKER Qld 4 2.15 4 2.15
29 John WILLIAMS NSW 4 1.73 1 0.42 5 2.15
30 Mick LEAVEY NSW 1 0.38 4 1.6 5 1.98
31 Ken FITZGIBBON NSW 3 1.47 1 0.36 4 1.83
32 Tony ZANTIOTIS QLD 1 0.7 2 1.09 3 1.79
33 Scott NATHO Qld 4 1.67 4 1.67
34 Ian MICHELSON NSW 2 0.86 2 0.8 4 1.66
35 Des CHISHOLM NSW 4 1.59 4 1.59
36 Brad SMITH NSW 1 0.44 2 1.02 3 1.46
37 Grant MACKENZIE QLD 3 1.43 3 1.43
38 Peter TATHEM Qld 4 1.43 4 1.43
39 Glen STURROCK NSW 2 0.75 1 0.55 3 1.3
40 Robert TOMBS NSW 3 1.25 3 1.25
41 Daniel FOLLEY QLD 2 0.68 1 0.56 3 1.24
42 Robert COOKE Qld 2 1.05 2 1.05
43 Ian KRENSKE Qld 2 0.89 2 0.89
44 Scott LENTON NSW 1 0.59 1 0.3 2 0.89
45 Andrew FAWCETT NSW 2 0.79 2 0.79
46 Craig ELLIS SA 1 0.39 1 0.39
47 Josh CARPENTER Qld 1 0.42 -0.75 1 -0.33
48 Chris FINDLAY NSW
48 Roderick LAMB NSW
48 Jonathon FITZGIBBON NSW