Team Gamakatsu / Atomic with their last day winning bag!
The Gamakatsu Team Series Grand Final was run over the last weekend at South West Rocks. This pinnacle of all bream tournaments was bought to you by Gamakatsu and was contested by the best bream angling teams in Australia. The conditions were absolutely perfect for the weekend and the venue was spectacular. All anglers enjoyed the briefing dinner put on by Australian Fishing Tournaments and the Riverside Tavern.
Congratulations goes to Father and son duo Zac and Nigel Skyring from Team Gamakatsu/ Atomic on taking out the Grand Final of the Gamakatsu Team Series! Having never fished at South West Rocks the pair took their knowledge from their home ground and fished a wall that was in about 30ft of water. “This wall seemed to be the deepest bit of structure in the river, we had a plan to fish this stretch of wall the whole weekend but we didn’t think we could keep catching fish of it… somehow it held together and over 60 legal fish were caught!” Although the pair struggled to narrow down to a specific technique, they managed to catch fish constantly across the two sessions and have their most memorable two day fishing sessions ever. “It was one of the weirdest bites we’ve ever had… Bassday Sugapens, Atomic Cranks and Metalz everything we threw seemed to entice a bite! We never would have thought we could be catching Bream on surface in 30ft of water! It was unbelievable.”
Taking home over $6000 in Cash Team Gamakatsu/Atomic were over the moon with their result on top of being the Gamakatsu Team of the Year winner for the Northern arena! Zac and Nigel both said that the amount of feel through their Samurai rods coupled with the cast ability of Unitika braids played a big part in their success.
Finishing in second place was Team Atomic Hardz. Aaron and Steve continued a fantastic year of top 5 places and backing up from the grand final win last year. Ironically, Team Atomic Hardz pushed Zac and Nigel out of the win last year!
Much like first place getters these guys had never fished the beautiful system before. “Pre-fish we found fish the whole way up to Kempsey making it hard to know exactly where to start. Pulling up to our first spot in the morning we pulled a 30cm fork length fish at the start of our drift. “We pretty much decided to only drift 150-200m of the wall and do this across both sessions”. Aaron and Steve also commented on how the fish were pretty much attacking anything they threw at them. These guys were stoked to take home a $1500 Lowrance voucher after their front sounder broke throughout the first day of fishing!
Rounding out the top three was Team RackCity, Matt and Trevor weighed in the biggest on day two to rocket up the leader board and take out third place. The pair received 2 x Samurai Reaction rods valued at nearly $1000 dollars.
A huge thanks goes out to the series sponsor Gamakatsu and round sponsors consisting of – Evinrude ETEC, Lowrance, TT Lures, Berkley, Hobie Fishing, Atomic, Samurai fishing rods, Bassday Lures, Skeeter Boats and MajorCraft. All of these sponsors make these events possible so be sure to support all of them where you can.
For a full list of sponsors and any up and coming tournaments go to www.fishingcomps.com.au/gts and remember to “Support the sponsors that support your passion!”
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