Jack Dawson, 10/10, 5.05kg, has taken out the Albany Samurai Reaction BREAM Qualifier, Mar 26-27. Dawson targeted drop-offs at the top end of the ski area on the Kalgan River to fill his limit each session. Click through for full results.
“I had a number of locations that I fished in rotation. The areas I focused on were drop-offs between 1-2.5 meters deep. I fished these areas on an incoming tide and had my limit by 8.30am on the first day”.
“At high tide I fished rocks and flats outside the river for no fish. As the tide changed I moved back to the river where I found 4-5 upgrades. Most fish were 30cm to the fork. The lure of choice on day one was the 2” Berkley Power Hawg in brown/pumpkinseed colour rigged on a 1/16th size 2 Jim Allen jighead”.
“On day two I headed back to my day one spot where I caught two early fish which were around 25cm. The two early fish fell to a 4” Berkley Gulp turtleback worm in camo colour. Conditions were tough with clear skies and no wind. The bites slowed and I made the decision to head to the flats in search of fish. I changed to a hardbody presentation (Ecogear SX 43, 303 colour) and 2lb fluorocarbon line fished straight through. Instantly I was rewarded with a 32cm, and then proceeded to fill my limit with one upgrade”.
On day one Dawson used a 6’6” Rapala braid concept rod 2-4kg teamed with a Shimano Twin Power 1000 reel spooled with 3lb Berkley Fireline crystal and 4lb Sunline FC Rock leader. Day two saw Dawson switch his outfit to a Egrell 7” S2 1-4kg rod teamed with a Daiwa Sol 2500 reel spooled with 2lb Sunline Sniper FC.
“The switch to flurocarbon made a big difference given the difficulty of the conditions. It was great to get the result and I look forward, time permitting, to attending the Blackwood round and having the opportunity to fish the ABT Grand Final in Forster later this year”.
Alex Griesdorf, 10/10, 4.74kg, secured second place in the boater division. Fishing drop-offs and flats in the upper reaches of the Kalgan River, Griesdorf found fish in session one, but was challenged on day two with the difficult conditions.
“Drop-offs and shallow flats were the areas that produced for me. The depth ranged from 0.5meters through to around 3m. On day one my limit came early. As the bites slowed I fished the outside flats, where my non-boater was able to get fish. Unfortunately I couldn’t get any bites and finally moved back to my first location where I secured two upgrades”.
On day two I returned to my key location. I caught one fish early, but it was around 10am before I secured another two fish. The flats again proved productive for my non-boater, and as on day one it took a move back upriver to find my final two fish”.
“The lures of choice were an Ecogear SX43 in colour 303 and Berkley Gulp turtleback worms and sandworms rigged on a variety of jigheads including a 1/22nd oz, 1/16th oz and a Gamakatsu round 25 size 1. My outfit was a G Loomis Dropshot GLX 6’10” 2-4kg rod teamed with a Shimano Stella 2500 reel spooled with 8lb Daiwa Tournament advantage braid and 4lb Yamatoyo leader”.
“Having qualified for the Grand Final I am excited about the opportunity to compete against the best bream fisherman in Australia. Till then my focus remains on the Blackwood event and WA Bream Classic events which I compete in”.
Colin Gunning took out the non-boater category with a 10/10, 3.795kg tournament limit. Fishing with Phill Cockshut on day one and Tony Ireland on day two, Gunning targeted fish in deeper water to secure his limit each day.
“On day one I targeted channel markers, deeper water and drop-offs in the Kalgan River. The fish were holding in the deeper holes of the flats areas. As the tide went to high and the wind got stronger, the fish remained active. I used a variety of lures including an Ecogear SX48 and Berkley Gulp fry’s in lime tiger and camo colour rigged on a TT 1/16th oz size 4 jighead. I had my limit by 9.30am and was able to upgrade three times throughout the session”.
“Day two saw two fish caught early, but the remainder came throughout the session. I wasn’t able to find any upgrades. It was harder fishing on day two with the clear skies and lack of wind making conditions challenging. In order to combat the clear conditions I downsized my leader to 2lb”.
Gunning’s outfit consisted of a Pflueger 7” 1-3kg rod teamed with a Shimano Symetre 1000 FJ reel spooled with 3lb Berkley Fireline Crystal braid and 2lb Nitlon leader.
“Having qualified for the Grand Final I am contemplating the trip east to Forster later in the year. The oyster racks are famous for their big fish, and the opportunity to challenge myself in a new arena is very enticing”.
Charlie Saykao took out the event Big Bream prize with his 750gram day one specimen not headed on day two. The bream did not come easily as Charlie explains, “It was late in the day during the first session, around 12.30pm. I was fishing rocky areas around the weed flats adjacent to the oyster racks. I was using a Cranka 35 lure in tiger prawn colour on 4lb flurocarbon, and was fishing in around one meter of water. The bream hit and immediately ran across the flats into weed. The fish was holding tight in the weed and as I have maneuvered the boat into position to get a better angle, the wind has blown the boat over the fish”.
“All of a sudden the line is wrapped around the motor prop and the fish is auditioning for The Great Escape. I ended up grabbing the line and I am slowly handlining the fish in. My non-boater has made a swift move and fortunately netted the fish as it came up boat side. In a nutshell extremely relieved, good fish, great result.
ABT now heads to Metung for the Gippsland Lakes BREAM Qualifier, April 9th – 10th. For more information check out www.bream.com.au or contact ABT on (07) 3387 0888 (B/H)
|Daiwa BREAM Series: Albany Samurai Reaction BREAM
Qualifier Boater Results
|6||Dror PIETSCH||WA||5||2.3||5||1.895||10||4.195||$500 + $250 Mercury Bonus|
|7||Tim STUART||WA||5||1.945||5||2.09||10||4.035||Prize Pack|
|8||Charlie SAYKAO||WA||5||2.85||2||0.745||7||3.595||Prize Pack + Big
|Daiwa BREAM Series: Albany Samurai
Reaction BREAM Qualifier Non-Boater Results
|1||Colin GUNNING||WA||5||2.105||5||1.69||10||3.795||Hearty Rise ZS-722ML
rod(Courtesy of Jim @ Albany Rods and Tackle), Prize Pack
|2||Daniel CLIFTON||TAS||3||1.215||5||2.225||8||3.44||Hearty Rise ZS-622LST rod
(Courtesy of Jim @ Albany Rods and Tackle, Prize Pack
|3||Michael BURMAN||WA||5||2.09||3||1.2||8||3.29||Spotters sunglasses, Prize Pack|
|4||Dion ROBINSON||WA||5||2.24||2||0.9||7||3.14||TT jighead prize, Prize Pack|
|5||Greg COOPER||WA||2||0.895||5||2.025||7||2.92||Squidgies Tackle Wallet, Prize Pack|
|6||Brodie CUMINS||WA||4||1.305||3||1.465||7||2.77||Prize Pack|
|7||Thuan HUYNH||WA||5||1.92||2||0.755||7||2.675||Prize Pack|
|8||Benjamin SCOTT||WA||5||1.875||2||0.75||7||2.625||Prize Pack|