Round 4 Mid Results Clarence
|GTS Winners - Team Samurai Reaction Rods||GAS Winners - Team TIMNCAM|
Coming out of flood from a recent rain, Hobie Fishing took the GTS & GAS to the mighty Clarence River. In the past the Clarence has been a big Bream haven but at this event the proof was in the bag! The Clarence produced the biggest most consistent bags ever seen at a Gamakatsu Teams and Amateur Series! With 23 teams entering, 115 fish for 76.22kg were weighed in. The average fish came in at 660 grams! On top of this, every single team weighed in a full bag!!
Tristan Taylor and Tom Slater from Team Samurai Reaction Rods definitely proved how good they are on the Clarence River producing the biggest bag of the tournament, a massive 4.81kgs. This placed them in 1st but only by a mere 30grams. “Without the strength and quality from the brand new Megabass Racing Condition Oz rods and Samurai Reaction rods, we wouldn't have been able to pull these cracking fish away from their homes” Tristo stated. “We headed to the North break wall as we saw most teams congregating on middle wall and straight away we were on. We fished a variety of different techniques such as Cranking with deep Atomic Cranks and reaction baiting with Cranka Crabs and Keitech Crazyhed Flappers.” The guys were stoked to take home over $900 in cash and prizes and can’t wait for the next round of the Gamakatsu Team Series at the Gold Coast to try and get those important Team of the Year points.
Just getting pipped at the end of the weigh in and placing 2nd with a solid 4.78 kg bag was Chris Britton and his son James. The guys headed to their ‘old favourite’ run of Middle Wall to start the day off and it produced with a hook up first cast. “Slowly sinking a Berkley Gulp Shrimp, seemed to entice this solid 36cm fork length bream into an aggressive strike” Chris explained. “Getting fish like this all day just seemed unbelievable! We fished extremely light for these fish today, 3lb Stren Microfuse with a 4lb Trilene leader matched to an Abu Garcia Vanguard 3-4kg stick allowed us to successfully get these ‘football’ sized fish to the boat”. These guys had a great day on the water with their massive 4.78 kg bag and on any other day would have smashed the field! It’s great to see a father and son team enjoying each other’s company and producing such good fish. These guys were wrapped to take home $430 and a “state of the art” Majorcraft Skyroad rod.
Coming in Third place was team Addicted Fishing / Edge Rods. Alex Roy and Jay Prendergast headed to Middle Wall early in the day and fished a combination of Cranka Crabs and OSP Do Live Shrimp to produce a cracking 4.03kg bag! “Casting right up close to the rock wall, on the last of the run in tide and slowly working our presentations down tight to the wall was the key. This kept us right in the strike zone and went onto producing our top three bag. The sensitivity of the Edge rods provided the perfect action and hooking power to pull these solid fish away from the wall” Alex explained. With over $500 of cash and prizes taken home for an insane day fishing, these guys will definitely be heading back to the Clarence River!
The Samurai Reaction Big Bream went to Robert Blackeby. After putting together a reasonable bag of fish, Robert decide to head to the Yamba tavern stretch of the river. Robert was well aware of the potential of big fish in this area and was hoping to do some much needed upgrading. It didn’t take long, searching down the walls with a Cranka Crab a 1.14kg fish couldn’t resist and inhaled his lure. After a hectic couple of minutes it was finally boated and would see Roberts bag at 3.93kgs in total.
The Gamakatsu Amateur Series also ran on the weekend in conjunction with the Gamakatsu Team Series. This new event is designed to introduce teams to tournament fishing and give them a firsthand look at how it all works. Team TIMNCAM consisting of Tim “the gun” Currie and Cameron Mcleod fished their first ever tournament on the weekend and won very convincingly! They took out the Amateur Series with a cracking bag of 3.34kg. “We concentrated on the bottom reaches of the system as we knew most of the fish would have washed down with the recent floods. We used a variety of different techniques and lures, however the stand out for us was the Cranka Crab. We fished them extremely close to the wall which produced us with one of our most exciting days on the water.” The guys took home a free Gamakatsu Team Series entry to use throughout the 2015 season as well as a $150 Atomic Lure prize pack.
Special mention goes to Ross and Sonya from Iluka Bait and Tackle. They have recently taken over this store and have rebuilt it from the ground up. They ran the SKEETER BBQ for the anglers over the weekend and we highly recommend dropping in and seeing the new store!
A huge thanks goes out to the series sponsor Gamakatsu and Hobie the naming round sponsor! 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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