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BARRA Adapt and Conquer Rankings and Records 2013 BARRA Tour Pictorial

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE

EXTRAS Your Kit to Get Bit Practise Makes Perfect 2014 Calendar and Dates

BREAM When Worlds Collide Battle to the Line Rankings and Records

BASS Made to Order Scratching the Surface Rankings and Records

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ADAPT AND CONQUER

2014 ABT RECORDS, EARNINGS AND RANKINGS

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TOURNAMENT SEASON 2014: LET’S FISH ABT takes the success of its past and merges it with its renewed focus for the future to launch one of its most dynamic and exciting tournament seasons ever. New ideas and opportunities and a quality over quantity approach is the name of the game in 2014. WHAT’S IN STORE

ABT takes its media to the next level this year with its print media exposure now supported by an increased emphasis on e-media. ABT’s new single website (www.abt. org.au) headlines the e-media expansion and will align strongly with social media and sponsor partners. The new site will have increased, sponsor, angler, and video content, plus greater pre and post event media and product releases, and of course access to ABT’s online only Tournament Angler Guide. Add the expansion of event weigh-

in livestreaming to include the final day of BASS Pro events (internet signal permitting) and ABT again shows why it’s the industry leader in Australia when it comes to tournament fishing.

TOURNAMENT READY

On the tournament front 13 Fishing headlines the 2014 BREAM Series as the series naming sponsor, with the country’s only boater/ non-boater bream series visiting Sydney Harbour, Mallacoota, Clarence River, the Gold Coast and Sydney’s Hawkesbury River as it travels

its way around the country. Kayak fans have more choices than ever in 2014 with the Daiwa-Hobie Kayak BREAM and BASS Series delivering anglers a host of events to get their kayak tournament fix. For bream fans there’s now 14 qualifying events and a series of regional finals and of course the national final. Bass addicts have a four Qualifying event and Grand Final series to satisfy their bass urges.

BASS ACTION

Boat loving bassers are in for an exciting year on the Toray BASS


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MEDUSA

A model under the ONE’S Micro these rods feature tangle free KR guides, 2 piece blanks, skeleton reel seats, split rear grips and a hard rod tube. Available in 3 spin and 3 cast models. RRP $199

HURRICANE SWII

These premium high modulus rods feature the latest in rod builds and the best in rod blanks. They all use Fuji KR guides and Fuji skeleton reel seats. They offer the best in sensitivity, casting accuracy, distance and feel. Available in 2 spin and 4 cast models. RRP from $509

12 models available with many designed specifically for bream, snapper and barra. The Hurricane SWII rods offer light and sensitive blanks with excellent durability. They feature tangle free KR SIC guides (with larger tip tops for heavier leaders), EVA grips, soft touch reel seats and range in length from 6 foot to 9 foot. Available in 8 spin and 4 cast models. RRP from $165

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Pro tournament trail with two Qualifying Rounds, and Grand Final making for a nail biting tournament year. Queensland’s Lake Wivenhoe finally plays host to a BASS Pro event, with the Grand Final slated to visit its legendary waters in September. The BASS Megabucks takes place on Lake Somerset in spring, while a renewed AOY race that now sees the Grand Final as the title deciding event, combines to make for a fresh and exciting season. BASS Electric anglers get more bang for their buck in 2014, with two Haswing BASS Electric Major events added to the calendar that’ll deliver anglers staged weigh-ins and event media the same as BASS Pro events. The BASS Electric Convention will once again draw the curtain on the year, with the biggest event of the year visiting Lake Lenthalls in October. BARRA is on the menu again at the end of the year, with a three event tour scheduled to hit north Queensland lakes in late November/December.

WITH THANKS

2014 offers a host of new challengers and opportunities for ABT. Opportunities that can only be realised with the support of our customers, business partners, and staff.

ABT again shows why it’s the industry leader in Australia when it comes to tournament fishing.

To ABT’s staff, sponsors and loyal customers thankyou for your ongoing support and commitment to making 2014 a success. That’s your 2014, so get out there and get fishing and we’ll see you at a tournament soon. – Simon Goldsmith


CONTENTS

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MANAGING EDITOR: Steve Morgan

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Calendar

3

When Worlds Collide

3

Scratching the Surface

3

Battle to the Line

Stephen Booth

PUBLISHERS: Fishing Monthly Group Steve Morgan and Matthew Drinkall

3

Made to Order

Dean Silvester

SPONSORSHIP: Simon Goldsmith

3

Practise Makes Perfect

Nabeel Issa

PRODUCTION MANAGER: Matt Drinkall

3

Your Kit to Get Bit

Elliot Fooks

3

Adapt and Conquer

DESIGNERS: Melissa Carroll Karen Millward Jenna Moir

ABT Grayson Fong Kris Hickson

Chris Byrnes

3

BREAM Rankings, Earnings and Records

ABT

3

BASS Rankings, Earnings and Records

ABT

3

BARRA Rankings, Earnings and Records

ABT

3

AFC Series X

ABT

3

Sponsor Bonus Program

ABT

3

Member Retailers Program

ABT

EDITOR: Simon Goldsmith ASSISTANT EDITOR: Chris Byrnes

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TOURNAMENT CALENDAR

BREAM KAYAK SERIES DATE

ARENA

EVENT

February 8 - 9

R1 - Glenelg

State Title (SA)

February 22 - 23

R2 - Bemm River

State Title (VIC)

March 15 - 16

R4 - Marlo

Worlds

March 23

R3 - GTS North Daiwa Hobie Kayak Bream Series, Clarence River

Qualifier

April 5 - 6

R5 - Forster

Qualifier

May 24 - 25

R6 - Lake Tyers

Qualifier

May 25

R7 - GTS North Daiwa Hobie Kayak Bream Series, Gold Coast

Qualifier

May 31 - June 1

R8 - Lake Macquarie

State Title (NSW)

June 14 - 15

R9 - Georges River

Qualifier

June 21 - 22

R10 - Redcliffe

Qualifier

July 19 - 20

R11 - Gold Coast

State Title (QLD)

August 16 - 17

R12 - Mooloolabah

Qualifier

September 13 - 14

R13 - St Georges Basin

Qualifier

October 11 - 12

R14 - Paynesville

Qualifier

October 18 - 19

GTS Kayak Grand Final North

Qualifier

TBA

WA Bream Kayak Classic Grand Final

Qualifier

TBA

Southern Bream Series Grand Final

Qualifier

November 22 - 23

Hobie Grand Final TBA

Grand Final

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DAIWA-HOBIE KAYAK BREAM SERIES The Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Series hits the water in 2014 delivering kayak breamers with their biggest and most exciting tournament series ever. Featuring events in WA, SA, VIC, TAS, NSW and QLD anglers are spoilt for choice when it comes to getting their bream kayak fix. Qualifier, State Title and Worlds events make up the calendar, and all lead to the pinnacle event of the series, the Daiwa-Hobie Kayak BREAM Grand Final. The showcase event of season that will see anglers fish from identical factory supplied Hobie kayaks in a bid to be crowned GF champ for 2014. Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Single-Day Event Entry: • $50 pre-event • $90 on the day Two-Day Event Entry: • $100 pre-event • $140 on the day For non-ABT run rounds see individual organisers for entry details.


13 FISHING BREAM SERIES The 13 Fishing BREAM Series is Australia’s premier bream fishing series and the only pathway to AFC. Four qualifying rounds and a Grand Final make up the 2014 series, with the BREAM Grand Final heading to Sydney’s famous

Hawkesbury River in November. Australia’s only boater/nonboater bream tournament series, the 13 Fishing BREAM Series is the only place you’ll get the opportunity to test yourself as an individual against Australia’s best boater and non-boaters. Tim Morgan, Chris Wright, and Russell Babekuhl all made their name here, and it’s still where they go for the ultimate tournament test. BREAM Qualifiers: Boater $250, Non Boater $125

BREAM SERIES

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DATE

STATE

LOCATION

EVENT

SPONSOR

Mar 15 - 16

NSW

Sydney Harbour

BREAM Qualifier #1

Hobie

May 17 - 18

VIC

Mallacoota

BREAM Qualifier #2

Spotters

Jul 26 - 27

NSW

Clarence River

BREAM Qualifier #3

Yamaha

Sep 27 - 28

QLD

Gold Coast

BREAM Qualifier #4

13 Fishing


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BREAM CLASSIC SERIES ABT returns to its roots with the BREAM Classic Series in 2014, scaling back the structure to provide inexpensive entry level teams events for

grass roots breaming fans. Events affiliated with ABT will receive exclusive exposure via www.abt.org.au and the Tournament Angler Guide. Anglers

fishing affiliated events will be the only competitors that receive BREAM Classic Ranking points. The biggest event of the BREAM Classic calendar,

BREAM CLASSIC SERIES DATE

STATE EVENT

LOCATION DIRECTOR

CONTACT WEB

1-2nd Feb

VIC

VBC

Docklands

Bill Hartshorne

0409 823 070

2nd Feb

WA

WABC

Craig Leatt Hayter

0412 249 647

8-9th Feb

NSW

SBS

St Georges Basin Basin Lure and Fly Anglers Inc.

0402 025 596

www.basinlureandfly.org.au/

9th Mar

NSW

SBS

Georges River

Basin Lure and Fly Anglers Inc.

0402 025 596

www.basinlureandfly.org.au/

22-23rd Mar

VIC

VBC

Mallacoota

Bill Hartshorne

0409 823 070

www.vicbreamclassics.com.au

6th Apr

NSW

SBS

Clyde River

Basin Lure and Fly Anglers Inc.

0402 025 596

www.basinlureandfly.org.au/

6th Apr

WA

WABC

Craig Leatt Hayter

0412 249 647

18th Apr

QLD

Easter BC

Gold Coast

Craig Templar

0428 737 512

3-4th May

VIC

VBC

Gippsland Lakes

Bill Hartshorne

0409 823 070

www.vicbreamclassics.com.au

11th May

NSW

SBS

Sydney Harbour

Basin Lure and Fly Anglers Inc.

0402 025 596

www.basinlureandfly.org.au/

8th Jun

WA

WABC

Craig Leatt Hayter

0412 249 647

14-15th Jun

VIC

VBC

Glenelg River

Bill Hartshorne

0409 823 070

www.vicbreamclassics.com.au

21-22nd Jun

NSW

SBS

Mallacoota

Basin Lure and Fly Anglers Inc.

0402 025 596

www.basinlureandfly.org.au/

3rd Aug

WA

WABC

Craig Leatt Hayter

0412 249 647

24th Aug

NSW

SBS

14th Sep

WA

WABC

21st Sep

NSW

SBS

Shoalhaven River Basin Lure and Fly Anglers Inc.

0402 025 596

www.basinlureandfly.org.au/

11-12th Oct

VIC

VBC

Hopkins River

0409 823 070

www.vicbreamclassics.com.au

11-12th Oct

NSW

SBS Grand Final

St Georges Basin Basin Lure and Fly Anglers Inc.

0402 025 596

www.basinlureandfly.org.au/

29-30th Nov

VIC

VBC Grand Final

Mallacoota

Bill Hartshorne

0409 823 070

www.vicbreamclassics.com.au

11-12th Nov

NSW

BREAM Classic Open

Sydney Harbour

ABT

(07) 3387 0888 www.abt.org.au

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St Georges Basin Basin Lure and Fly Anglers Inc. Craig Leatt Hayter Bill Hartshorne

0402 025 596

www.vicbreamclassics.com.au

www.basinlureandfly.org.au/

0412 249 647

the National BREAM Classic Championship receives a re-vamp in 2014, and is now an open, take-all-comers tournament. Featuring as part of the BREAM Grand Final Week in November, and taking place on Sydney Harbour, anglers from across the country can enter free of the pressure of having to qualify for the event. With a Bluefin Boats Drifter Pro 4.55/motor/trailer package on offer at the event it’ll be Australia’s richest bream teams event on the 2014 calendar. Make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to be at Sydney and to be crowned ABT’s inaugural BREAM Classic Open Champion. Classic Entries: refer to individual Classic Organisers


BLUEFIN BOATS BASS ELECTRIC SERIES BASS ELECTRIC SERIES DATE

LOCATION

Feb 15 - 16 Danjeera Dam

EVENT

DIRECTOR

CONTACT

EVENT TIMES

BASS Electric #1

Dave Mann

0417 232 652

2.30pm-6.30pm, 5.30am-11.30am

Feb 16

Bjelke Petersen Dam BASS Electric #2

Trevor Stead

0429 967 451

6am-12pm

Mar 2

Clarrie Hall Dam

BASS Electric #2

Joey Urqhart

0439 764 369

7am-1pm

Mar 29 - 30 Toonumbar Dam

BASS Electric #3

Adrian Melchior

0415 587 900

1.30pm-7.30pm, 5.30am-11.30am

Apr 13

Lostock Dam

BASS Electric #4

Mal Draper

0418 402 803

7am-1pm

Apr 27

Hinze Dam

Haswing BASS Electric Major #1 ABT

(07) 3387 0888

7am-1pm

Jun 1

Maroon Dam

BASS Electric #5

Rory Saint

0415 445 142

7am-1pm

Jul 13

Wivenhoe Dam

BASS Electric #6

Trevor Stead

0429 967 451

7am-1pm

Aug 9 - 10

Moogerah Dam

Haswing BASS Electric Major #2 ABT

(07) 3387 0888

12pm-5pm, 7am-1pm

Sep 28

St Clair

BASS Electric #7

Mick Skinner

0412 097 209

7am-1pm

Sep 28

Lake McDonald

BASS Electric #8

Steve Noble

0409 239 065

7am-1pm

Oct 5

Lake Gregory

BASS Electric #9

Tim Steenhuis

0409 569 201

7am-1pm

BASS Electric Convention

ABT

(07) 3387 0888

7am-1pm

Oct 18 - 19 Lenalls Dam

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The Bluefin Boats BASS Electric Series goes to another level in 2014, with nine qualifying rounds, two Haswing BASS Electric Majors and a BASS Electric Convention delivering unrivalled tournament options and opportunities. Grass roots bassing at its best, the series will hit QLD and NSW’s best bass lakes with a combination of single and two day events, all of which lead to the biggest event of the season, the Bluefin Boats BASS Electric Convention at Lenthalls Dam in October. Check out the calendar to find out where and when you can get your Bluefin Boats BASS Electric fix. BASS Electric Entry BASS Electric Qualifier: • $30 Single day • $60 Two day BASS Electric Major: • $50 Single day • $100 Two day $20 additional ‘Pro’ option on the day.


BRAIDS

SPINNING FLUOROCARBON RADIUS SUPER PE • LENGTH: 200M

BAWO SUPER HARD FINESSE • LENGTH: 100M

Designed as a long casting salt water PE, it has extra density from Toray’s own special blend. Backed up with good abrasion resistance and line body, it is the only choice for the salt water angler. 200 metre spools, with colour marking every 25 metre (red, yellow, blue, white).

This ultimate high performance ultra-light line is super hard, extremely sensitive and the thin diameter enables you to get those finicky fish to bite. Available in an extensive range of sizes, it offers you the ultimate choice in stealth and strength. A must have for the finesse fisherman, it is the number one fluorocarbon in Japan and when you try it you will find out why.

Toray fishing line has long been associated as one of the best and most premium products on the

TORAY POWER GAME JIGGING PE • LENGTH 200M The ultimate jigging PE for hardcore jigging fan. 2.5 times stronger than nylon this new must-have jigging line is made from 4 braid Dyneeema, is super strong and tough, yet equally soft and supple. Comes in 200 metre spools with a colour change every 10 metres.

Japanese market. Toray’s class HI-CLASS • LENGTH: 80M

leading technology allows them to produce the most advanced fishing lines using the newest and best materials available. Offering

The ultimate High Grade PE, it has unmatched sensitivity and durability over all others in its class. 20% smoother than other PE lines, it features dramatically increased casting distance, and by using the Highest grade PE Toray have delivered some of the thinnest diameter braid available.

a huge variety of products there is sure to be a braid, fluorocarbon or monofilament line to suit every

This line comes armed with the hardest Fluorocarbons available and is created with a new multi strand process to build a flexible, sensitive all-purpose line.

SEA BASS POWER GAME PE • LENGTH: 150M

Finished with an ultra-smooth surface thanks to a special resin process, it delivers a perfect mix of strength and performance.

SUPER STRONG PE • LENGTH: 100M Utilizing the latest high-tech materials available and introducing nylon into the elongation process of the PE strands- Super Strong PE is born. This line now has added strength due to the extra bonus of shock flexibility, something not found in any other PE Braids. Colour changing every 10 meters, (blue, orange, green, purple, grey).

SUPER HARD UPGRADE •LENGTH: 150M

situation you can encounter. SEA BASS SHALLOW FINESSE • LENGTH: 150M This high quality braid offers performance to rival any other braid on the market. A round profile and silky smooth finish ensures this braid exhibits incredible casting and handling performance, as well as ensuring maximum knot strength. Specifically designed for finesse fishing, this braid perfectly suits many Australian salt & freshwater fisherman. Whether you’re chasing bream or bass, if you want the very best line connecting you to the fish of a lifetime, look no further! Colour: White

This line is the flag ship Fluorocarbon from Toray. Created using the best modern day technology. Its properties include high sensitivity, exceptional wear resistance, a super smooth finish and an exceptionally hard surface tension thanks to Toray’s special resin coating process. Ideal for fishing in and around heavy cover. This line will amaze you with its abrasion resistance. 

LEADERS L-HARD •LENGTH: 50M

L-Hard has set a new standard in ultra-tough leaders. It uses high quality fluorocarbon with super surface hardness and excellent abrasion resistance qualities. Ideal for fishing heavy snag structures and rocky foreshores. 

SUPER LEX • LENGTH: 50M

Super LEX leader is made with high quality fibres, excellent uniformity and structure. This creates low water absorption, high abrasion resistance and low memory, while its resin processing creates flexibility and suppleness to aid in knot tying and improve the lure’s swimming action.

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FUNE HARISU • LENGTH: 100M

Fune Harisu is the allaround fisherman’s leader ranging from 6lb to 54lb. It combines a balance of strength, abrasions resistance and shock properties to handle all fishing situations, whether it be rough terrain or sweet water.

TORAY POWER GAME JIGGING LEADER• LENGTH 50M

Designed to withstand the harsh rigours of jigging this new jigging leader is the perfect match for Toray’s new Power Jigging. Comes in 50 metre spools.

Trade Enquiries: 0432 040 256


TORAY BASS PRO SERIES Toray headlines Australia’s premier bass fishing series, the 2014 Toray BASS Pro Series. With a proven 15 season history of delivering rewards and creating champions, 2014 will see the tour hotly contested with two Qualifying rounds and Grand Final making for nail biting competition. Season 2014 offers a host of new challenges and changes with a renewed AOY format, new Grand Final location (Lake Wivenhoe), livestreamed and staged final day weigh-ins, and a streamline calendar making for an excitingly different year on the tournament trail. Add industry leading cash payouts, broad spectrum media, and the only tournament fishing pathway to the televised AFC Outdoors and the Toray BASS Pro Series is definitely alive and kicking in 2014.

BASS PRO SERIES

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DATE

STATE LOCATION

EVENT

SPONSOR

Mar 8 - 9

NSW

Lake Glenbawn

BASS Pro Qualifier #1

OSP/Imakatsu

Jul 5 - 6

QLD

Lake Boondooma

BASS Pro Qualifier #2

Yamaha

Sep 13 - 14 TBA

TBA

BASS Grand Final

Toray

Sep 16 - 17 QLD

Lake Somerset

BASS Megabucks

Toray


DAIWA-HOBIE KAYAK BASS SERIES Bass anglers have the opportunity to get their kayak fix this year, with four qualifying events and an end of season Grand Final making up the series. Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland all play host to qualifiers, with the end of season Grand Final slated to hit Queensland’s Lake McDonald in October. Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak • $50 pre-event entry • $90 on the day entry

BASS KAYAK SERIES

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DATE

ARENA

EVENT

Jan 12

Tallowa Dam, NSW

Qualifier

Mar 9

Blue Rock Lake, VIC

Qualifier

Aug 31

Moogerah Dam, QLD

Qualifier

Sep 14

Toonumbar Dam, NSW

Qualifier

Oct 25 - 26

TBA

Grand Final


WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE Text by Grayson Fong Photography by Hobie Cat Australasia

CONTENTS Smiling tournament fans from across the world mate the trip to Australia for the 3rd Hobie Fishing Worlds.


Competition was fierce but friendly.

The 2013 Hobie Fishing Worlds epitomised the power fishing has to bring people together. 46 anglers from 17 countries and 4 different continents bonded and battled hard for kayak supremacy in an event that saw rivalry stand side-by-side with unfettered sportsmanship.

B

ream kayak gun Grayson Fong made the journey, discovered new friendships and experienced first hand the spectacle of Hobie Fishing Worlds colliding with the Daiwa-Hobie Kayak BREAM Grand Final to create the greatest kayak bream event Australia has ever witnessed.

COMING TOGETHER

Bemm River, a small fishing township located in East Gippsland, Victoria, played host to the 2013 Hobie Fishing World Championships. A location, whose population at most would struggle to fill an aeroplane, has the power to draw anglers from across the globe to battle its legendary bream. The Hobie Fishing Worlds while only in its third year has captured the attention of kayak anglers worldwide. The

opportunity to represent your country on an international stage, for kayakers, like with many athletes, stirs the patriotic and competitive instincts within. Standing atop the winner’s dais as the World Champion was the dream of all, but would be relealised by only one. Three days on the water and 21 hours of competition would determine who that would be. The opportunity to fish the Hobie Fishing Worlds allowed me to fish a location that I’d never fished before and enabled me to test my skills against anglers from around the world, who for the vast majority like me were fishing a new waterway. For many of them they were also fishing for bream for the first time. This factor added to the challenge for visiting anglers and also presented local anglers with the opportunity to share our knowledge with

The opportunity to fish the Hobie Fishing Worlds allowed me to fish a location that I’d never fished before and enabled me to test my skills against anglers from around the world, who for the vast majority like me were fishing a new waterway.


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visiting anglers and show them the ropes on the prefish day.

READY SET…

Before we hit the water there was plenty of things to organise, with angler briefings and kayak allocation getting us set to hit the water. On arrival it was easy to get the vibe of the international competitors with smiles and jokes being shared amongst them as they perused their supplied kayak, and rubbed shoulders with their fellow competitors. With spirits high many of the internationals were quietly nervous as not only had they never caught bream but many had never even seen one! For most this would all change on prefish day. For the British pair of Ian Harris and David Morris this event was not only exciting but an education in light line fishing as many of their fishing adventures back

home involved chasing larger species like pike on heavy outfits. But an indication on their enthusiasm was their willingness to learn and ask questions, which goes to show that no matter where you are in the world, questions never hurt!!

…GO!

Nervously excited to get on the water, prefish day was somewhat different from a standard tournament prefish. Most prefish days are a day of solitude and unaccompanied decision-making with only yourself to curse bad navigational errors or shoot a ‘selfie’ after nailing a personal best fish. This time each Australian angler was paired up with two international competitors giving us the chance to get to know each other and also show them the ropes of bream fishing. Now this day could be taken as a good thing or a bad

The view from above of 100 kayaks ready to hit the water.

thing as questions arose in my fellow Aussie team mate’s minds. Do you go all out to get your competitors onto fish (including fishing your number one spots), or do you hold something back so your prime spots are fresh for game day? My train of thought was a simple ‘many hands make light work’. The more people we had working to find the fish and work out what they wanted the better it would be for all of us. After all I’d never fished here before. I

was paired with Tommy Eubanks from Louisiana, USA, who’s fishing enthusiasm matched his ability, and 28 year old Gero Priebe from Germany who’s 5th place finish in the 2nd Hobie Fishing Worlds in Texas proved he could adapt to any condition. Our first stop was a shallow flat, and we positioned ourselves 30m apart and started a slow wind drift. Tommy used baitcaster gear, which proved to be far from a liability for light breaming, and ten

The weather was the biggest part of the challenge on the final day.

2013 AOY Champ Bryce Beechey was always going to be close to the front.

Action stations as angler get prepared to hit the water.


minutes into the drift he had his first fish. Three minutes later and he had a second. With Tommy off and running it was time to find fish for Gero so we headed over to a bank that had been described to me as a ‘sure thing’. And it was! Gero, Tommy and myself caught a host of fish and simply enjoyed the purity of fishing. The day was about having fun and putting the guys onto fish, and was true to the ethos of the Hobie Fishing Worlds. Fishing and fun.

Tommy Eubanks and Grayson Fong were all smiles after their awesome prefish day.

GAME DAY

With my prefish still fresh in my mind I started day one simply going out to have fun. Ten minutes into the day the fun really started to kick in with my first fish hitting the well of the Hobie and my bag of three fish completed in 40 minutes. When you have a start like this you know it’s going to be good day. With the wind at my back I used the Power-Pole Micro Anchor on my Hobie to hold myself in 1.5m of water approximately 60m off the bank, throwing long casts into 60cm of water. A slow rolling retrieve with the occasional pause did the damage, with my Atomic Shiner 45 in muddy prawn delivering me 14 legal fish for the day. While I had a great day the

honours for day one belonged to Justin Carter and AJ McWhorter from USA who both caught no fish on prefish but took the initiative to go upriver to find spawning fish amongst the snags. Using their Texas rigging skills from back home the pair bagged out on some quality bream on soft plastics to finish the day with bragging rights. With day one done and dusted, it was time for the Hobie Fishing Worlds roadshow to pack up and hit the road and head east to Marlo to join forces with the biggest event on the Australian kayak calendar, the Daiwa-Hobie Kayak BREAM Grand Final.

THE MEN FROM SNOWY RIVER

The day was about having fun and putting the guys onto fish, and was true to the ethos of the Hobie Fishing Worlds.

Where the Snowy meets the sea, Marlo is one of Australia’s premier kayak bream locations. Expansive, challenging and home to some staggeringly big fish, Marlo would provide Worlds competitors with another twist in the Hobie Fishing Worlds journey, and would allow Grand Final competitors the opportunity to see what the Worlds experience is all about. With a navigation day under our belt 104 kayakers hit the start line at Marlo for day two of the Worlds and day one of the Grand Final. This was the start of a battle that would see


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anglers struggle against each other and most testingly against the ever deteriorating weather. With over 100 competitors hitting the waterway, finding fish and keeping them to yourself would be a large part of the battle. Every bank was littered with competitors all vying for that one big fish, or in our case three big fish. Starting the day in 5th place and 590g off the lead in the World Championship race I knew it was a case of catch the fish or get swamped by the talent that surrounded me. Event favourites Richard Somerton and Chris Burbidge were both in the mix and primed to stamp their authority on the Worlds and potentially day one of the Grand Final.

short of my limit. Expecting the worst on the scoreboard I was relieved to have only slipped to 6th in the Worlds standings. Standing up to be counted on the day was Richard Somerton (2.63kg) and Chris Burbidge (2.30kg), with Richard finishing the day in the number one spot. Day one leader Justin Carter had a day he’d rather forget, and after seeing countless big fish on the navigation day could only manage a small two-fish bag. His tough day two saw him slip to 5th. Day two also saw a charge by the Australian team with Bryce Beechy, Jason ‘The Leech’ Meech and Scott Baker all rallying to find themselves in the top ten.

USA’s Justin Carter was pumped with his day one bag.

THAR SHE BLOWS

WHERE DO I START?

Heeding the advice of Victorian breamer Dan Mackrell I started the day fishing a great looking bank, it looked so good that there was 20 odd kayaks on it! The flotilla soon thinned out and after setting myself up on a reliable drift my technique involved casting parallel with the bank and keeping my lure in the 2m mark of a 3m drop-off where I soon started to catch fish. With two in the well in the first two hours things soon dried up, and I finished day one

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Hobie Fishing Worlds Champion Richard Somerton accepts his rewards from 2012 champion Marty Mood of the USA.

Waking up relaxed and refreshed on day three, and with the words of Warren Carter ‘to fish slower’ foremost in my mind, my teammates Will Lee, Wade Mobbs and I were informed of a gale wind warning that had been issued for the area. With conditions predicted to deteriorate later in the day the session was reduced to 12pm, a reduction of two hours, but it would still allow us to get out on the water. With grey skies overhead and rain laden wind squalls


battering the area, the majority of the field found a location and bunkered down, fishing it the best that they could in the conditions. Hitting my day one spot again I was interested to find second placed Chris Burbidge slow hopping a Strike Pro Hummer Vibe down the rock wall. Knowing I had to be in a good area, I started super-slow rolling an Atomic Crank 38. With nothing to show after two and half hours other than an EP, a couple of hits, and a few lure changes, things turned for the worse. The change came through to make things really difficult. Refusing to accept defeat and knowing that wind swept banks are often the best I looked for the most exposed windy bank I could find. Punching out my first cast on my new bank all I needed was two cranks of the handle for a legal bream to eat my Shiner. With my hopes restored I deployed the PowerPole and got to work, casting hard and catching my second, then my third fish for the day. Satisfied was the best way to describe my feeling back to the finish line. I’d learnt a lot about my physical and mental limits and was happy with my ability to make changes, and correct changes, when they were needed most.

Three of the best. The top three from the Hobie Fishing Worlds

AND THE WINNER IS….

The USA was well presented on the scoreboard and at the event.

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While I was one of only four Worlds anglers to weigh in a full bag, in the end I didn’t have enough to run down Chris Burbidge (2nd) and Richard Somerton who once again showed his dominance and consistency to hold the World Champion trophy aloft (1st). While Australians filled all the spots on the winner’s dais, the event was far from a local dominated affair. Day one leader Justin Carter (USA) performed exceptionally to finish 7th while his team mate Tom Michael showed his abilities as an angler to finish 9th. Statistics speak in tournament fishing and the fact that 7 anglers out of the top 20 were from overseas speaks volumes for the strength of competition of the Hobie Fishing Worlds. While competition is at the forefront of The Worlds, what underpins it is the friendships that are formed and strengthened, and the passion for fishing that is shared. The driving force behind the Hobie Fishing Worlds Steve Fields sums it up the best, “The Worlds is about bringing people together, sharing information about our lives and our passion of fishing. It is about teaching others to be as good as yourself at the craft. When this happens, then and only then are you a true champion.”


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SCRATCHING THE SURFACE Text by Kris Hickson Photography by Kris Hickson and Simon Goldsmith

CONTENTS The lure options are endless when it comes to scratching the surface.


Throwing surface lures is what we all love to do. The anticipation of the strike, the thrill of throwing your lure into a spot you know just has to hold fish, and of course the adrenalin rush of when the fish detonates on the lure.

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hile traditionally we’ve thrown walking stickbaits, poppers and paddlers the growing trend is for stuff that’s a little more left of field. Insects, bugs and all manner of surface roaming and scrambling options are starting to make their way onto the market and into our tackle boxes. In the process this opens up our eyes and minds to what’s possible and quite often exposes water and fishing options that weren’t previously available. Let’s take a look at some of the options if you want to scratch the surface with something a little different.

TRY A WORM

There’s perhaps nothing simpler than rigging a soft plastic on a worm hook. Simple, yes, but there are a lot of advantages to using worm hooked rigged soft plastics as a topwater option. Not only is there endless patterns and colours to choose from to match as closely as possible to the fodder you are trying to imitate, but they can also be rigged in such a variety of combinations. Basically any soft plastic can be used as a surface lure but for this article we will stick with things like frogs, craws and other creature bait options. Weedless plastics are a great The new surface critters are being devoured by angler and fish alike.

choice for pitching into heavy cover to get the fish’s attention. Once you’ve got its attention you can roll your lure out from cover to a point where it is far enough out that you have a chance to land the fish, but not too far out that the fish is out of its comfort zone and unlikely to eat the lure. Another advantage to this technique is that the hooks can be weighted so that once the lure grabs the fish’s attention while it is skimming along the surface, it can then be stopped and dropped back to the fish. This works a treat if the fish aren’t really in the mood to grab it off the top. When worm hooking a plastic to roll or waked across the surface the hook serves two main purposes. The belly in the worm hook serves as a keel to stop the bait from spinning and the point of the hook point sits inline with the hook eye allowing you to rig the plastic weedless, or at least close to weedless. As stated there are plenty of options when it comes to soft baits. Some of my bass favourites include Z-Man Pop Frogz and Hard Leg Frogz, OSP Dolive Craws, Z-Man Crawdadz and Jackall Mask Frogs. For bream I like the Z-Man Shrimpz, and the Squidgy Lobbies and Bugs when I want something that’s a bit more critter-like. There’s options when it


comes to lures and there’s also options with the hooks that you use. Trial and error is the best way to determine what works best for you. One hook that has stood out lately for me is the TT Lures Chinlockz. The lead keeper on these worm hooks not only keeps the bait on extremely well, it also adds a little weight to assist casting. If it is max buoyancy you are after, look for a plain wide gap worm hook or more buoyant plastic.

type of baits ability to be dragged through and over any mess you may come across, however, is the upward facing twin hooks set at the very rear of the body. They are perfectly lined up with the back of the lure, and are almost impossible to snag up on anything unless the body is compressed.

FROG OPTIONS

The list of hollow body bait options is growing all the time, and while there are a lot of choices you largely get what you pay for. Some of the better models are the OSP Skating Frog, Live Target Frogs and Field Mouse and Lunkerhunt Lunk Frogs but there are plenty of others to choose from . When choosing one of these lures there are three main features I look for: shape, how soft and easily compressed the body is, and how they sit in the water. The softer the body on these lures, the easier it is to be compressed and theoretically the better the hookup should be. The shape of the body will dictate the action. Bodies that are wide and flat on the bottom tend to hop along the water instead of walking side-to-side, while bodies with a narrower more rounded underside will walk side to side much easier. Which is best will depend on the day but I have found that the wider, flatter shape to be slightly better for rolling over

FROG FRENZY

We now have the famous hollow body frogs. This type of topwater bait has really hit its straps here in Australia in the past 12 months, largely due to some great exposure and a push from manufacturers. These super exciting, super effective baits come in a range of sizes, shapes, set ups and colours and although designed predominately for the large and smallmouth bass, they are just as well suited to our natives, particularly bass and barra. The simplicity of these lures and their ability to be cast into the thickest of weed matts or lily patches and worked back with minimal hang ups is what makes these lures so effective. A soft, hollow rubber body, rear weighted, skirt or rubber legs and a swivelling tow point all work together to make these lures look and swim like a real frog or mouse. The key to this Long considered a low percentage lure, Frogs are starting to make their mark thanks to new designs and improved hook-up rates.


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sticks and lily stems as they tend not to roll on their side and hook up as much. Having these lures weighted right not only assists in casting but also makes it easier for the fish to eat it. The easier it is for the fish to suck the lure off the surface the better the hook up rate.

CATCHING CRITTERS

Another weapon that is slowly creeping into the arsenal of many bream and bass anglers are floating head critter baits. While I and many other anglers have used these styles in the past it has always been with limited success. Tournament anglers however are an analytical bunch and are always looking for an edge and something different, and spending more time using these baits has seen them develop into a specific lure for a specific task rather than a broad use option. Pre-rigged spider and cicada imitations with floating heads are the two most common options and are starting to grab a bit of traction with those in the know.

HOW TO USE THOSE CRITTERS

Although not the sort of topwater you would throw in every situation, if finesse and subtlety are what you are looking for, these baits will be spot on. We are all aware that bream and bass often need If it swims, walks or wriggles across the surface there’s a good chance fish will eat.


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a bit of a wake up call to get them going but just as often they can be spooked by too much commotion. Where other heavy plastic topwater baits splash down like someone has thrown a rock in the water, these little critters touch down softly like an insect falling out of a tree into the water. To make up for the lack of noise that traditional poppers, paddlers and stickbaits make, these critters generally have multiple legs and wings to mimic the minimal disturbance that say a spider would make when it hits the water. Added to this the cup- faced popper head that many of them have and you end up with a surface option that has the right amount of subtlety, yet enough noise and movement to tempt fish. There is a great range of these lures hitting the shelves suited to bream and bass. On water use is the best way to find out which brand and model the target species in your area prefer. One point to mention is that a lot of the foam heads come standard with a weed guard, which while fine for bass can hinder the hook up with bream. A couple of my favourites at the moment are the OSP Orekanemushi and the Imakatsu Fujin Spider. Not always easy to get, but well worth the hunt.

HYBRID TECHNOLOGY

Last on the list of alternatives are

the topwater/sub surface hybrids. These are hard surface lures that can we worked across the surface but if need be dragged under for those situations where the fish just aren’t quite committed to eating on the top. Perfect for that fading topwater bass bite as the sun rises, or those times where the bream are not really eating off the surface but the water is shallow enough for it to get their attention. Although it could be said that if weighted correctly, nearly any surface lure could be turned into a hybrid, however there are a handful of lures that are specifically designed for this purpose.

WAKE UP

Wake baits are possibly the most popular and longest standing of the hybrids. Best fished when slowly wound across the surface with the rod tip high then dragged under with the rod tip, they imitate a small lizard or wounded baitfish. Not all wake baits are as effective as others but there are a few that definitely have their place in the topwater collection. Models like the Jackall Hamakuru, Harima Mazzy Pop, Kokoda Bugger Chug and OSP Buzzn’ Cranks are some of the more effective wake baits.

GETTING BENT

Without doubt the most popular

hybrid topwater at present is the OSP Bent Minnow. This little gem revolutionised how people thought about topwater fishing, and got people catching bream and bass on surface lures during times of the year that they would never have dreamed about catching before. This lure’s ability to mimic prawns, wounded baitfish and basically anything else that moves across the surface makes it one of the most popular and deadly choices for bream and bass anglers. There is hardly a bream tournament in any arena at any time of year where I don’t have an OSP Bent Minnow tied on. Bent Minnow retrieves can vary greatly, from walking them across the surface, twitching them under the water and flicking them to skip out of the water to look like it’s fleeing from what’s trying to mow it down. They’re the ultimate surface lure and the lure that every surface junky should have tied on.

There is hardly a bream tournament in any arena at any time of year where I don’t have an OSP Bent Minnow tied on.

ADD THOSE TO YOUR LIST

There you have it, some alternate options if you’re looking to scratch the surface on your next bream and bass trip. While they don’t relegate tried and true popper, stickbait and paddler options to the rubbish bin forever, they do offer us a host of additional options that are exciting to use, open up new water, and guaranteed a thrill. Worm hooked rigged soft plastics are simple yet highly effective as a surface option.


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40mm, 2.6gram. The creepy crawly of the fab five this weed guarded critter is perfect for fishing in amongst the nasty stuff and is best worked with a subtle shake of the rod tip to get it shimming on the surface.

JACKALL HAMAKURA

JACKALL MASK FROG

40mm, 5 grams. The bite size frog of the group that looks, feels and swims just like a frog. Made from Jackall’s special Mask elastomer material this is the bait to use when you want to keep it real.

75mm, 7.5grams. A jointed wake bait that snakes across the surface. It’s a very unique action and one that few fish have seen before.

OSP BENT MINNOW

76mm, 4.3grams. The lure that turned surface breaming on its head a few years ago. An erratic walk-the-dog action that can be fished sub-surface as well as a topwater.

OSP SKATING FROG

59mm, 11grams. The must have hollow body frog to fished in and over heavy cover. Sitting high on the water surface it looks just like a real frog when worked with a side to side retrieve.


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A BATTLE TO THE LINE Text by Stephen Booth and photgraphy by Simon Goldsmith

Horses for courses, there are plenty of line choices when it comes to breaming. Which one is best for each fishing style is the question.

CONTENTS

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ine is perhaps the most important part of any fishing set up after the hook. It’s the direct connection from the angler to the fish, but is it really considered with enough thought when preparing for a tournament? Do

tournament anglers pay line and all its variations enough respect when they are considering getting a strike, hooking a fish and then landing the fish? I think the tide is starting to turn and tournament anglers are starting to scrutinise this vital

component ever more closely. And over the last 5 years there has been a push away from all braid outfits by the gun anglers in all fields of fishing. Tournament anglers are no different as they strive for better presentations, better hookups and greater numbers of fish

being boated. It’s an interesting trend that is based on some hard decisions in the toughest fishing field of all, an ABT tournament. So let’s interview a few of the gun anglers in the bream field and get their take on which line is best suited to which situation.


Cam loves his braid for bream and nails plenty of big specimens.

BREAMING – THE FINESSE KINGS

Bream fishing has the biggest playing field in tournament fishing these days. Developments, advancements and new tactics are almost commonplace as anglers strive for the best result. Most of the older bream anglers started off fishing lures with mono but moved away from it as the advantages of thin diameters, virtually zero stretch and the incredible breaking strengths of braid were embraced wholeheartedly. But this is changing, and not slowly either. These same elder statesmen and the newer, keener breed of breamers are looking at fluorocarbon as go-to options in certain situations. We will look at three common breaming situations and see what our three tournament pros, Kris Hickson, Steve Morgan and Cam Whittam have to say on the topic of line choice. Situation: Shallow Flats A few years ago some cluedin anglers found motherlodes of bream on shallow flats and started targeting them with all sorts of lures. From topwater through to grubs and slow rolled hardbodies, the flats quickly became a known hot spot. The next stage of development on the flats was the tackle used to present these lures and it was here that the advance guard of breamers

rediscovered the advantages of mono and fluorocarbon lines. And it was here that Steve Morgan discovered that a full spool of fluorocarbon was the best bet, whether he was using topwater, soft plastics of diving minnows. Steve said, “I always use fluorocarbon over the flats because I find that braid casts a shadow to spook. It’s a lot like fly fishing for trout where a bad presentation sees the trout spook off.” Hickson uses the best of both worlds when it comes to his flats fishing. “When I’m flats fishing, I always use straight through flurocarbon when fishing either crankbaits or stick baits. This is for two main reasons. The first is that there is a lot more stretch in straight through fluro and mono and it gives me the confidence that I’m not going to pull hooks as easily as the minimal stretch braid option. The other reason is that it doesn’t cast a shadow like braid making it a much more stealth approach. “When fishing plastic and topwaters on the other hand, I switch to braid with long, light leaders, up to 30ft. I find this still gives me enough stretch and stealth without compromising the feel, castability and the direct contact needed to impart the proper action on the lures and get a solid hook set.”


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Yellow v Black Cam Whittam has a slightly different view and this is generally based on the fact he is fishing for black bream compared to yellowfin bream. “I much prefer to fish a braid/ leader combination for breaming where possible,” said Cam. “I treat black and yellowfin bream differently as retrieval methods generally vary for the two species: it’s not often that I slow roll for blacks and I don’t often twitch for yellas. “If I can see the fish I will always go for a long leader and braid. “Most times my leader will be 4lb but I will go down to 3lb if the water is very clear or glassed out and the flat lends itself to lighter leaders. I fish a leader of 20ft in this situation as it gives me a hybrid presentation and feel. “I get a similar presentation to straight through fluoro with the long leader length, and a similar but slightly dampened feel than a normal braid/leader set up. “Having a long leader when using 3lb is important as the longer length has more stretch than a typical rod length of leader. “Because I can see the fish and I am on a flat or shallow edge, I am invariably fishing rod tip up. The long leader in this situation is so my braid isn’t sagging into the water and therefore can’t spook any fish. “While fishing for black bream we are mostly working our lure with

twitches, rips, drags and pauses. Braid gives a much crisper feel and connection to the lure and enables the angler to impart short sharp movements better than a straight through presentation.” Hickson follows a one setup suits all approach and with good reason. “I tend not to change my approach between black’s and yellowfin, I find that what works best for one species generally works for both. It more depends on the location, water clarity and structure being fished.”

Having different outfits for different lure types often requires different line to be used. Kris Hickson knows that better than most.

You’re Weak One of the pitfalls of the longer leader though is that the leader knot does get prematurely weakened by having line drag over it on every cast. I make sure to re-tie a couple of times during the day. Cam Whittam explains. “If I am blind fishing I will use both braid/leader and straight through presentations depending on the prevailing conditions. “In ultra clear or calm conditions 3lb fished straight through would be my first choice, particularly if I am fishing ultra shallow water or running a shallow lure. “On black bream I never go to 2lb as I don’t feel it gives you many more opportunities than 3lb, which has a 50% higher breaking strain for a small diameter increase.


It doesn’t take much colour in the water, or wind to have me back chuckin’ the braid outfit, again with my long leader setup. “It’s worth noting that in most flats situations if I were fishing for yellowfin bream I would mostly run straight through outfits as I generally wouldn’t be imparting any jerky movements on my lure.” Bream gun Kris Hickson is always conscious of his leaders and the considerations that need to be given when having one. “When running long 3lb and 4lb leaders, I have no issue using up to 30ft of leader, however if going any heavier I much prefer not to have the leader knot come onto the spool at all when casting. The heavier leaders tend to wear and also catch loose loops of line creating the dreaded wind knot.” Situation: Pontoons Pontoon fishing is almost the stereotypical fishing situation for breamers Australia wide. Bream love the shade, the current breaking nature of the legs and also the bait that congregates around them. Since the rebirth of luring for bream anglers have been chucking plastic and timber hardbodies at pontoons, as well as soft plastic and occasionally flies. It’s interesting to hear what the pros say about their line choice for pontoon fishing because the structure is such a stalwart target.

Steve Morgan always uses straight through fluorocarbon because it keeps small, light trebles and hooks in the fish until they get in the net. “But it’s not just about the hooks,” said Steve. “It’s also got a lot to do with the abrasion resistance of fluorocarbon under light load. I find that if a fish drills you around a pylon or two, you can ease up and gently lead the fish back through the structure. “When you’re using braid, most anglers tend to rely on the extra strength of braid, but when it hits a barnacle, it separates easily. Fluorocarbon in the same situation, under light tension resists the abrasions well and you actually land more fish,” said Steve. Kris mixes it up and uses both straight through fluro and a mainline leader set-up. “When I fish pontoon/wharves I tend to stick to the same rules as everywhere else. Cranks on straight through fluro and plastics and topwater on braid/leader set ups. Leaders tend to be a bit heavier due to the structure and shorter as the shadow cast by the braid is less of a hindrance due to the fish sitting tight and in the shadows. In ultra clear water and when the fish are spooky I will at times fish plastics on straight through 3-4lb and try to coax the fish out. This is more effective on pontoons with less poles than wharves but it can be done if need be.”

Using a braid to leader set up will mean you have to tie plenty of knots. Often in low light morning conditions and in rough conditions.

Thin on the Ground Pontoons are thin on the ground in Victoria, as a result locals rarely get the opportunity to fish pontoons like those in NSW and QLD unless they travel. There are pockets of pontoons in places like Paynesville, the Yarra River and Docklands area that give them the opportunity to brush up on skills and test theories, especially line theories. Cam Whittam generally fishes pontoons with shad style lures or a sinking stick minnow/plastic vibe and commented that in Victoria pontoons generally hold seriously big fish. He said “Pontoons are generally in relatively protected areas and as such quite often have very clear and calm water around them. “If I can see fish feeding on the sides of or under a pontoon I will fish my shad on a braid/4lb leader setup.I will likely be high sticking and not have braid in the water as I am trying to keep my lure fairly tight under the pontoon. I also drop my leader length to around 3m as the length of my casts is much shorter along pontoons and hence the line doesn’t sag as much as a longer flats presentation. “I still like to have a fair length of leader for the stretch factor to cushion any lunges the fish may make. “If I can’t see fish actively feeding on the pontoon I will usually choose to fish a stick minnow or plastic vibe and


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Different structure types places different demands on line. Having the right line for the location is something all good tournament breamers should learn.

fish the traditional areas like any poles or shaded edges. “I will first of all fish braid/leader but always have 2 straight through rods rigged as an option if the fish are tough or conditions suit the straight through presentation better. “I have a 3lb and 4lb outfit rigged and tailor my presentation to the surrounding structure and the fish’s mood. “Lets face it, if you need to chuck 3lb to get a bite, you do it irrespective of the conditions,” finished Cam. Situation: Racks Rack fishing: The down and dirty, drag em out rough stuff of bream fishing, right? Absolutely, and it’s great fun. Just recently some cluedin anglers have been tempting the fishing gods by tossing lures on light fluorocarbon lines in amongst the racks. Is this just suicide or something you should actually consider? Can this wallet-punishing territory be tamed by lighter and more fragile line? Let’s get some ideas. “I always use braid around the racks because I want to get the fish’s head up and heading my way from the get go,” said Steve Morgan. “Line shadow is not the issue it is over the flats and the lack of stretch means you can get on top of the fish straight away. If a fish, even a small one, gets its


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Choosing the correct line is important, especially when fishing buoyancy dependant lures such as topwater.

In ultra clear or calm conditions 3lb fished straight through would be my first choice, particularly if I am fishing ultra shallow water or running a shallow lure.

head down, it’s goodbye lure. And that is the reason that racks and braided lines are the best combination,” said Steve Morgan. Cam Whittam doesn’t have the long term experience in the racks of the others interviewed and consequently rates himself pretty lowly as a racks angler. But this gives us a perfect insight into how a newcomer can approach these nasty bits of structure. “I approach racks in a couple of ways depending on the situation. In most cases I wouldn’t be too daring and run silly string

like 2lb or 3lb straight through. “My style of fishing would be to parallel a crank along the rack or fish a lightly weighted or unweighted soft plastic on a slight angle across the top of the rack and drop it down the side of the rack. “Fishing on this angle gives you a better angle on the fish to pull it away from the rack. “My line choices in both situations would be a Sunline Castaway braid in 10-16lb and a Sunline V-Hard leader between 4-10lb depending on

prevailing conditions and the size of the fish in the area. “I fish shorter 6-7’ leaders in this situation making sure that my leader knot isn’t on the reel before casting,” said Cam. A long time rack fisherman Kris Hickson loves his braid when it comes to muscling fishing out of one of the hardest bream structures going around. “Racks are one place where 9 times out of 10 I will use a braid/ leader combo. Stiff rods and heavy leaders are necessary to drag the fish out as quick as possible


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away from the razor sharp oysters and also cop a bit of wear and tear from bumping into the structure. As always, fish’s moods and water colour will play a part in how heavy and long leaders need to be but I generally start with a rod length of 12lb in the dirtier water and drop to 8lb in the clearer stuff. I also tend to step my braid up from 10lb to 15lb when in the racks, this gives me the confidence that if a fish does wrap me around the structure then I still have a chance of dragging it back. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, I much prefer to have my braid rubbing on the racks once a fish has wrapped me around something. I have always found that if it’s the leader caught it will eventually fray and break whereas if I can let the fish go to a point where it’s the braid that is rubbing I am safe, that’s just what works for me. With some advances in rods and lines, I have been having some success with straight through fluro casting cranks and unweighted plastics around the racks. The shock absorption and stretch can sometimes give you the advantage of leading the fish out without it feeling too much pressure and diving for the nearest piece of structure, 5lb and 6lb are still thin enough on the right combo to be cast more than far enough and gives you all the advantages of straight through fluro with some extra strength”.

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EACH TO THEIR OWN

I think it’s prudent in these days of highly pressured waterways to always consider fishing as light as possible in any given scenario. Call me old fashioned, but I still love my braid and don’t think that on Black Bream in particular, that straight through presentations offer a huge advantage,” said Cam. Kris in contrast is more particular when it comes to his line, “I tend to be pretty fussy when it comes to my line. It’s the most important thing that connects you to the fish, so it’s important that you have the correct line for the area that you’re fishing and the lure that you’re fishing”. Straight-through advocate Steve Morgan is less of a braid fan than Cam and Kris but acknowledges that it still plays a role in his breaming, “I only ever use braid around the racks, in selected topwater fisheries where you’re fishing over heavy rocky cover and for select deepwater plastic scenarios. The rest of the time I use fluorocarbon”. So there you have it an array of varying opinions and analysis on where, when and what to use. While there were no strong clearly defined patterns that all anglers followed, what did present itself was what worked best for each angler, and the confidence they had in their selections. Confidence as we know is a big determining factor in angling success, and in itself is something that all anglers should strive for.


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Wire framed lures are nothing new in bass fishing. Yet with each successive generation of anglers we seem to find another way to present these old school baits. Four savvy anglers in the form of Dan Clancy, Steven Chang, Dean Silvester and Steven Otto have taken things into their own hands and have started to make their wire baits to order.

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Wired baits made to order have been an underground hit on the bass tour. Not any more because the secret is out.


Steve Chang was one of the first to use wired baits, and is still developing new ways to use and make them.

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he first wire bait that pops to mind is the spinnerbait, a reaction style of lure that is typically thrown around structure and when fishing edges. A more finesse styled modified version of the spinnerbait of course is the beetle spin. A spinnerbait blade/soft plastic combo, a beetle spin is a slightly enhanced soft plastic offering that delivers flash and vibration along with the subtle movements of a soft plastic Other reaction lures have entered the fray recently when it comes to wired baits with lures such as lipless crank baits and blades being added to enhance appeal and offer fish a different stimulus. Wire arms and Colorado blades in particular are being utilised more and more to promote a response from otherwise disinterested fish.

BEETLE BAITS

Let’s try a spinnerbait arm with tandem blades retro-fitted with a lipless crankbait at the bottom and see what happens.

Beetle spins are a halfway bait. They work best when the fish are starting to become more active moving from a winter plastic bite into a summer reaction bite. Beetle spins typically work well when spinnerbaits are getting blade taps, or the skirt is being grabbed. While AFC angler Dan Clancy likes to experiment with lures his favourite, the one that he uses most often, is an

old fashioned beetle spin. “The beetle spin soft plastic combination is a proven big fish lure for me in Lake St Clair. It’s simple, easy to use and is a super consistent fish catcher,” states Clancy. Steve Chang also found that wired baits worked well at St Clair during a social session five years ago. His exact thoughts were, “Let’s try a spinnerbait arm with tandem blades retro fitted with a lipless crankbait at the bottom and see what happens.” This type of thinking seems to arise more and more as each angler attempts to outwit his opponent. Having fished these lures for a long time Chang struggles to choose a favourite, he states that the Noike Gill Jackall TN60 is ideal for drawing big fish from cover. However he can’t go past the Ecogear VX40 for a searching bait especially on shut down fish.

WHY OH WHY

The addition of a wire frame and blades to a lure not only adds to the overall size, it also creates extra flash giving the impression of something even larger. Aggressive bass although highly strung can still show some form of selfcontrol at the best of times and often increasing the lure size


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on a few key factors. Is the lure in their face long enough, does the lure create enough disturbance to push their buttons, or can they ignore it long enough for it to go away?

TELL ME WHY

is enough to push them over the edge and get them to bite. Schooled fish in particular can be hard to tempt and often the thickest and best soundings of fish can be the hardest to catch with conventional lures. Enter a wired option to get things going. Running a reaction style lure

through a deep school is one of the most productive ways to locate active fish or even in some instances turn dormant ones. Adding a wire option to your favourite reaction lure can maximise bites in a deep school, with an added wire accessory creating a larger profile lure

with more flash and more in your face appeal. Adding wire to your presentation can also slow the presentation down and keep the lure in the face of those disinterested bass longer. Triggering a response and getting a bass to eat your lure can be dependent

The answer can be summed up in three words, accuracy, intensity and speed. Casting accurately is still by far the most vital part of all bass fishing. In order to annoy any fish into reacting you have to take it to them in the first place, and being able to get the lure exactly into the strike zone is crucial for success. Optioning up your favourite bait with a wire fit-out delivers the second key to success, intensity. Adding blades and similar add-ons increases the size and intensity of your lure, with the extra flash and vibration often all it takes to encourage indecisive fish to bite. One of the real secrets to wired upgrades is that they slow the retrieve of the lure down.


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Slowing down is something we don’t do enough, especially in a tournament situation. Adding a large blade to a lure affects the action and requires a slower retrieve for the lure to stay upright and swim correctly. Slower means the lure is in the bass’ face longer which in turn gives it longer to eat it, a positive when dealing with fish that often like time to eat.

WHERE ARE WE

Wire-bait loving bass are more often than not edgy and best targeted with a reaction presentation. However even the most aggressive bass bite can suffer under the pressure of a 70 boat tournament. With 140 anglers peppering the water with noisy lipless crankbaits it’s easy to understand why the bite can taper off, or shut down. While downsizing or changing to a more finesse approach may seem like the most logical change to make, swapping to something that is louder and prouder in the water

may be a better way to go. Anglers who have used wired lures can attest to the response you can get using

Like dinning out, cooking up your own lures presents bass with varying meal options.

these lures on inactive fish. The strike can be nothing short of brutal. The strike is similar to what you would expect during a hot spinnerbait bite in spring, not from lethargic suspended fish in the throes of winter.

While wired lures are generally consistent all day long they perform at their best when fished over the top of weed in low light conditions such as early in the morning. 2012 BASS Pro AOY Champion Daniel Clancy explains. “The morning bite is generally always better, but don’t write a wire bait off during that tough middle of the day bite. They’ll quite often produce when everything else fails.”

PLENTY OF OPTIONS

While off the shelf bladed lures such as spinnerbaits catch plenty of fish they do in a lot of instances come with a level of limitations when it comes to versatility, speed, depth control and action. All these traits are greatly dictated by the blade configuration of the lure, and while making changes to the blade set up is possible it’s not as easy to achieve as when using one of the alternate wire bait options. An unrigged wire arm can be fitted with split rings then have either a Colorado or willow

The strike is similar to what you would expect during a hot spinnerbait bite in spring, not from lethargic suspended fish in the throes of winter.


blade attached. Want the lure to be more subtle? Downsize to a small blade. Need more vibration and flash? Upsize to a large willow blade. Want to run big baits in 2 feet of water across the top of weed? Snap on a large Colorado or even tandem Colorado and the lure can be slowed to a crawl.

YOUNG GUN FIRES

Fishing wired baits is something Daniel Clancy has done since his first days of bass angling. For Clancy these are a traditional style of bass lure that he has used in rivers and dams for as long as he can remember. Clancy lives locally to Lake St Clair and has honed his wired technique on this dam. Some of his biggest bass have fallen to this presentation, and he finds the best times for using them is leading into the winter months. “The fish in NSW dams tend to shut down leading into winter but the beetle spin seems to get them going when nothing else will,” explained Clancy.

THE CHANG GANG

Steven Chang has had multiple top ten placings fishing modified wired lures. Over the years Chang has had success on a host of different waterways, as he explains, “They work everywhere, in different states,

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on different types of lakes, and at varying times of the year.” Ultimately though he claims his local dam Lake St Clair is still his favourite choice, and the place where he does the testing for all his new baits. Having a resounding confidence in wired lures, Chang is able to successfully fish these lures year round and finds bigger is better during the warmer months when fish are at their most aggressive. While Chang has had success catching them at all depths he prefers to fish, and typically searches for fish, in 20 feet or less. “The shallow fish are generally the most active fish and active fish are the ones that’ll you tempt with wire bait in most cases,” explains Chang.

STEVE O TIES ONE ON

Steven Otto secured a podium finish at the Lake St Clair BASS Pro in 2013, a finish he largely attributes to getting wired during the event. A recent convert to wired baits, Otto, like many, rates Lake St Clair as his favourite waterway for throwing them. “I’m not sure why but the bass at Lake St Clair respond better to them than anywhere else,” explains Otto. Although Otto has success catching fish on wire baits all


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year he does favour late autumn (April) at Lake St Clair, and alternatively the spring months in Qld dams as the best times to tie one on. His gun technique involves burning his lure across the top of the weed early in the day and as the fish move deeper he’ll move deeper also. His deeper approach usually rotates between a slow roll down steep banks or a crank and pause on deeper flats, all the time remaining in close proximity to the bottom and the fish. “I find the ideal depth is less than 15ft to run them shallow.”

tournament when it’s all about getting the big bites, so he keeps it simple and sticks with a plastic/jighead approach.

TAKING CONTROL

Being able to control where and how your lure works is the key to success and ultimately putting bass in the livewell. Control is gained by swapping blades and jighead/ lure sizes depending on the depth that you’re fishing. Having constant control means the lure is the zone longer, the key is to run the lure as slow as possible whilst keeping it in the zone as long as possible. When fishing flooded weed the zone is the area just above the weed. With one vigilant eye on the sounder monitoring the depth and an educated hand on the rod and reel feeling the lure work through the water the position of the lure can be detected, and the lure can be kept in the zone right where the bass are holding.

GETTING WIRED AT HOME

Even though Daniel Clancy is younger than most anglers on the BASS Pro Tour he prefers an old-school approach when it comes to his wired baits, using a traditional style of a soft plastic and jig head on his go-to beetle spin set-up. He feels it combines a more natural presentation with “a wicked action.” Keeping it simple means Clancy only has two variables to concentrate on, the size of the jig head for the depth he’s fishing and matching the hatch with the plastic colour. Clancy has found that attaching blades and other baits to his wire setup draws the attention of the smaller fish. This is something that he doesn’t want in a

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OTTO GETS HEAVY

Otto started experimenting with wired lures about 4 years ago. He feels after all these years experimenting he finally has confidence to fish them in tournaments. Otto likes to run his lures deep and the lure of choice reflects that, Otto’s go-to combo is a 1/2oz Evergreen Little Max blade paired with a size 2 Colorado blade. He finds it has the ideal amount of vibration and flash. Rather than modify the lure Otto will leave the standard tow clip on the blade to give it more freedom. By leaving the clip attached Otto is faced with the issue of the jig spinner tow point facing the wrong direction. A quick 90° twist with the pliers and he is underway. “I believe the lock

snap gives the lure more action when attached to the beetlespin. I also do this with my Jackall TN60s.”

CHANG CHANGES

Chang has been messing with beetle spins for a long time in an attempt to find something new and unique to set him apart from the rest of the pack. “I started putting beetle spins on blades 5 years ago. At first I was looking to give the blades added noise. I thought the metal spin blade when positioned close enough to the vibe would clip it creating a metal on metal noise,” explained Chang. Chang is a step ahead of the game when it comes to getting wired, he has found a wired combination that can work in every circumstance he requires to catch fish, even top water. Chang states “I have a home-made injection lure which I use on a Buzz Bait wire frame, this is good for the surface. I call it a Hard-Buzz bait.” It’s this kind of ingenuity and desire to continually evolve that keeps anglers such as four BASS pros at the top of their game. It’s this dedication to improve that is setting the stage for bigger and better things to come.

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PRACTISE MAKES PERFECT

Crack the pattern, find the winning technique and stumble upon that school of willing and eager fish that no one else knows about. I’m sure that’s how many of us envisage our perfect prefish session. Of course, this is an unlikely scenario and more often than not we find ourselves stressing over where and how we can put together a competitive bag.

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Russell Babekuhl and Warren Carter are two of the best when it comes to nailing the prefish and the tournament.

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Chris Britton focuses on locations that he knows during the prefish and quickly checks to see how they are fishing.

P

refishing is a crucial part of tournament fishing, it is the chance you get to formulate a plan, find out what’s working and set yourself up for the following days. This is the day that not catching fish is not necessarily a bad thing. Some of my best tournament results have come from prefish sessions that yielded only a few or no fish and some of my worst results have come from great prefishes! To give us some insight into prefishing I have enlisted the help of three talented anglers

from three different states who have a proven track record not only on their home waters, but interstate as well. Chris Britton, Russel Babekuhl and Warren Carter give us their insight into how practice can make for a perfect tournament.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Your prefish preparation can begin months prior to the actual tournament. With the availability of online mapping tools, aerial photography, magazine articles, fishing reports, and of course the internet, it makes the gathering of information a relatively easy

process. Russel Babekuhl is a firm believer in putting the time and effort into researching before the comp. His first move before a tournament is to get onto Google Earth and get an idea of the waterway he plans to fish, “I like to get an idea of what the dominant fish holding areas are likely to be.” Chris Britton uses Google Earth but also looks at purchasing a marine map of the area. Carter in contrast goes for a more personal approach and likes to ask someone that knows about the area for some information. “Most people are tight lipped about their secret spots, but

you can generally gain some valuable information that will get you started,” explained Carter. All three anglers agreed that looking at past results and reports is an important step and can help narrow down the successful techniques for that area.

YOU’RE BANNED

Most of the bigger tournaments around the country will have a prefish ban of some sort and as with all ABT Qualifiers there is a two week no fishing ban. This releaves the location of some fishing pressure and eliminates some local advantage.


When you are first starting out, spending as much time as possible on a new waterway is very beneficial.

Quality fish like these don’t make it into your livewell by chance, a successful, well planned out prefish plays a big role.

So is it important to prefish prior to the fishing ban? Our three anglers all agreed that two weeks is a very long time and anything can happen between then and the tournament. Moon phases, weather changes and general fish movements can all mean that any fish you find prior to the ban may well have moved on or changed their feeding and spawning pattern. However, don’t discount this prefish just yet. Britton finds that this is a good time to learn a new waterway. This time on the water can be spent searching for different features of the system, and locating a variety of different structures that you can call upon when needed during the tournament. The important thing

to remember is that prefishing well before the tournament needs to be less about catching fish and more about locating different types of structures, finding where the weed beds are, rock walls, pontoons etc. This way, if you crack a pattern on the official prefish day on a certain structure, you know where you can find more of the same areas. Warren Carter has a slightly different approach when it comes to this. Carter believes that prefishing prior to the ban can be impractical and instead tries to get onto a nearby waterway that has similar characteristics to the location of the tournament. This way he can go out and catch as many fish as he can without having to worry about “stinging”

Google Earth is a valuable tool to identify locations to checkout when you hit the water for your prefish.


the fish for the tournament. Carter often uses this as a basis for planning his prefish day.

THE BIG DAY OUT

Ok, it’s probably not the biggest day of the weekend, but the official prefish day can set you up for the tournament. You want to find areas that are holding fish, but also eliminate areas that aren’t so you don’t waste time with them during the tournament. This is especially true when you have a bucket load of different spots you

want to fish. Narrowing your spots down to a few will help you focus on catching the fish rather than ‘umming and arring’ on whether the fish could be biting at one of your other 43 spots. Our three anglers all had a different outlook on how they approached this day. Chris Britton focuses on the locations that he knows and quickly checks each to see how they are fishing, before allocating time to go and find new locations and try new techniques. He tries not to catch

more than one fish per spot. “The idea is to work out if they are there, stinging them and catching them is for the next day,” explains Britton. Britton’s ideal prefish is one where he can identify three or four spots that he can pull a bag from, one or two upgrade spots and then a couple of ‘hail Mary’ spots in case everything goes wrong! Carter finds that covering a lot of ground on the prefish day is important. He will usually spend the tournament hours (7am-

2pm) on the water, fishing many different areas. Carter differs to Britton in that he likes to catch more than one fish from an area. “Catching one fish doesn’t normally formulate a good plan. Catching two very close together is a key factor to a spot producing,” explains Carter. This helps him know that the technique used and pattern found is working him. For Warren Carter the ideal prefish is one that he has identified only one or two areas holding fish and eliminated many

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Rods, reels and lures scattered all over your deck is a common thing at the end of a prefish.

other areas as being unsuccessful. Finding fish everywhere can make things confusing when trying to make a plan! Lastly Babekuhl is one who likes to find a pattern and get off the water as soon as he can, opting not to sting too many fish and to leave them for the tournament. Babekuhl’s idea of a successful prefish is quite different to our other anglers. “A successful pre fish isn’t measured in numbers or size of fish caught but more about the fish you have seen in the area, bait, water colour and tidal movement.” Babekuhl uses these factors along with previous experience in fishing these situations to form his plan.

NOW WHAT?

Most people are tight lipped about their secret spots, but you can generally gain some valuable information that will get you started.

Once your prefish day is over you have to now formulate your game plan. What worked and what didn’t? Should I go to those fish I found first? Or wait for the tide? If you’re anything like me then there are probably a million questions running through your head. Even if you had a successful prefish, failing to execute the right plan can be disastrous. Timing is crucial, so planning your day out is a helpful way to keep yourself fishing the right areas at the right time. Britton plans to visit the spot most likely to give him a bag first

up, and then visits his upgrade spots, that is unless he believes he is in with a chance of a big fish early. Carter plans to fish the locations from his prefish with the corresponding tides and weather conditions. Babekuhl plans to fish the locations he found fish, but places emphasis on making sure his gear is prepared in case there is a change in the bite pattern. Babekuhl finds that mixing techniques, even subtly, can make all the difference in a tournament situation. This may be something as small as changing hook size or varying your retrieve.

PRO TIPS

The last question I asked all three of our anglers is what advice or tips would they give any up and coming angler? Here’s what they had to share. Warren Carter - “To be the best, you need the knowledge and experience from the tournaments you have fished – certainly not from your social days out - this will more often than not help you to make poor decisions.” Chris Britton - “The longer you fish tournaments, the more you have to force yourself to try different locations and presentations – and I think that you should do that!! You might end up fishing old faithful spots 90% of the time, but every now and then you will uncover a gem!”


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on around you. What bait is around? What is the tide doing? What is the water clarity like? Even if you don’t find the fish you are after, these factors, combined with previous experience, all help you to make a plan.

An effective prefish can have you landing straight on the fish at the start of the tournament.

Old event reports can offer good insights into locations, lures and techniques.

PRACTISE MAKES PERFECT So there you have it, some words of wisdom from some very experienced bream anglers. Experience is paramount in being successful and as you can see from these anglers, they put a lot of thought into how they approach their prefish days.

A FEW KEY FACTORS TO REMEMBER

1. Don’t catch them all on prefish! 2. Pay attention to what is going Learing how to use your sounder and GPS is a crucial step to maximizing your time on water.

3. Put the effort into the homework stage and make sure not to catch too many fish and you will be well on your way to getting the most out of your time on the water during your prefish. Combine these three points with the information from our three pros, plus time on the water, and success will come. And of course if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. You’ll get there in the end.


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YOUR KIT TO GET BIT Text by Elliot Fooks and photography by Simon Goldsmith

There’s many things you should have in your tournament kit, all are valuable and can contribute to success.

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Sure you think about maintaining your boat and fishing gear in the best possible condition but what about your body, clothing and mind. Surely it is time to think a little broader and look to improve your next tournament result through looking after yourself a little better, you know you’re worth it.

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here are many ways to look at keeping your body and mind in top condition, the easiest way to break it down is to look at it as pre, during and post tournament stages. This article will focus on nutrition, clothing and fitness and will give you a few tools to get more out of your tournament weekend.

EAT IT

Nutrition can be broken down into three stages, pre, during and post tournament. Each stage has different elements to them and will be at there most effective when used in combination. Pre tournament nutrition is much like filling up your car while you’re an apprentice or a university student, you only want to put in the energy required to

get you through the day and not over load on fuel you will not use. It is also important to remember you’re not only fuelling up once during the day, you’re trying to maintain the optimum level throughout the session. The first issue when thinking about nutrition pre event is looking at what energy you will burn through the day. For instance an angler fishing a kayak event is going to need to start the day with a lot more fuel in the tank in comparison to a boater in a BREAM event. Basing the requirements on those of endurance athletes the pre tournament should be based around high carbohydrates, low fat and protein. While typically there isn’t too much of a difference between low and high GI foods for athletes, for anglers on the water for seven hours the benefits of longer lasting

While fishing in bare feet is comfortable it doesn’t provide you with the support or protection that you need.

foods come into their own. The easiest way to look at it is comparing high octane race fuel and diesel, energy drinks and a chocolate bar will spike your energy early and make you feel like your buzzing but they will make your energy level crash post that high. What you need is long burning fuel such as oats and bananas. Any running or marathon websites will be able to give you a comprehensive list of good foods that will fill your tank. Filling Up on the Water Nutrition during a tournament can be a hard thing to manage while your trying to negotiate a limited window of fishing time. There are two key areas to be aware of, the first is dehydration and the second is falling into a slump. Dehydration in my opinion is the more important of the two areas, and in reality is the easier of the two to combat. In many ways by preventing dehydration you can go a long way to stoping a slump. In a normal day your water usage is between 1.7 and 2.2 litres. Add in exercise and this can rise to 3 litres in cool conditions and go even higher in full summer heat. There are a number of options when it comes to refuelling water including off the shelf sports drinks and powder mix drinks. The easy choice is water, readily


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Head socks and sun protective clothing are essential for tournament anglers.

When conditions turn bad is when quality clothing pays off.

available and your body needs it, so you are going to want to make sure you at least have a couple of litres of this on your boat. When it comes to sports drinks and powder mixes the choice is yours. These drinks aim to refuel your electrolyte levels and maintain performance. Depending on your choice of electrolyte or sports drink one thing to be aware of is the sugar content. Many of the off the shelf drinks are typically higher in sugar and tend to be a lot more expensive in comparison to the powder and mix drinks but require no prep time. Two of the better options for powder and mix drinks are First Endurance EPS and Power Bar Perform. Both are relatively well priced and have a good mix of nutrients. Eating on the Run When it comes to eating there are a number of options depending on what style event you fish. For the BREAM anglers with a seven hour straight session there is really no time for a break so it pays to know when you can fit in a meal, whereas BASS anglers tend to have a small break between sessions. ABT’s own Stephen Morgan has his lunch pattern worked out. Morgan always looks to fit in some food and water while travelling through restricted speed zones thus using all his time to its full potential. While there are a


In regards to staying warm on the water layering is the key.

A great time to refuel during the session is when travelling through go-slow areas.

large array of options that you can choose to eat two key principles should guide you, ease of eating e.g. one handed while driving and secondly keep it healthy, mostly carbohydrates and low GI. Post event is where many people let themselves down. With all the other tasks on your plate after finishing an event it is easy to forget to recharge your body. It is all about putting what you used up back in. This phase should be about putting water and simple foods back into your system as you’re trying to maintain the energy level in your body. At this stage in the cycle look at incorporating some wider range of foods but try to keep it light and simple as this will allow your body to absorb the nutrition with minimal effort.

YOUR KIT TO GET BIT

When I say the term kit, this covers any clothing from the hat on your head to shoes on your feet. Wherever you fish appropriate clothing is the key to staying fit and healthy, too cold and you will shiver your way through the session and too warm and you will sweat all day long and end up dehydrated at the finish line. The aim of the game is to keep your core temperature stable and maintain good blood flow. The list for shirts and shorts is almost endless, as a simple

rule for this basic outer wear you want to have something that is UPF rated. UPF ratings refer to the level of UV rays that a product repels; this rating will be shown on the tag of the clothing. Layer upon Layer In regards to staying warm on the water layering is the key. You want to be able to take off or put on clothing easily through out the session to ensure your feeling comfortable all day. Professional cyclists have a great system of layering that at its core concept can be applied to fishing. The idea is that you layer clothing allowing the warmest and least breathable items to be put on last and thus taken off first also look for clothing that is easy to take off. Sure thermals sound great when the morning starts and its 5ºC, but once that sun burns off the cloud cover and it warms up you will be cooking in your own clothing. The whole concept is about managing your day with the best possible choices for you and your situation. Storage of this excess clothing when not in use is another area that many anglers tend to forget, in an ideal world you should try to store clothing in a dry bag in the place where it has the least chance of coming in contact with water. Dry packs from any camping or outdoor stores are the most readily available option for

this and are relatively inexpensive. You’re Standing on It Your feet are your contact point from you to the deck of the boat and poor footwear can lead to overall discomfort especially in your lower back and legs. There is far too much to talk about in one article on footwear (this can be said for all topics covered) but there are a few basic things to look at, support, flexibility and weather conditions. Support would have to be the key issue for footwear; you want to look for a quality shoe designed for an active environment for example a running shoe or constrainer. Flexibility in a shoe will give you two advantages; it will help maintain contact with the moving surface of the boat as well as give you a little give if you happen to stand on a rod or reel. No one shoe will be perfect for all conditions, weather will dictate what is the best option. For example a shoe like the Nike Free Run will be perfect for warm sunny days or the Columbia Powerdrain if you are in and out of the water where as a water and wind proof option such as a Bogs Urbanfarmer will suit rainy cold conditions. Hose Me Down Personally I think a lot of anglers are crazy to not spend good money on wet weather


gear, people spend thousands on tackle so why not spend a decent amount of money on a rain suit? In an ideal world you want a bib and brace with a jacket made from Gore-Tex, E-vent or another similar material. While it helps in terms of comfort, this also should be considered part of ones safety equipment. Fit also plays a role in the selection of wet weather gear, if you are a larger angler a US made suit may fit your figure or if you are a slimmer build look to Japanese brands to find your fit. You want a suit that has ease of movement with enough space to allow for you to layer up your clothing in cooler conditions and can be worn alone in the warmth of summer. Seeing Is Believing Quality polarised eye wear is one area that many anglers are clued in on already, having a good set of glasses cut through the glare on the water giving you a better chance of detecting bites on your line or even fish hitting your lure. While different lenses will suit different light conditions, it is impossible for the average angler to have the perfect glasses for each situation. As an allrounder amber and copper are viewed in the fly fishing world as being ideal but as with anything personal preference will dictate what you will go with in the end.

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GETTING FIT TO GET BIT

Fitness and physical condition don’t just effect your performance on the water but also effect you in the days after a tournament. Most tournament anglers have a day job, and being able to return to work in good condition and ready to go on Monday will make it easier when you tell your work you need a Thursday and Friday off for a tournament. It is about being a total endurance angler; all you need to be looking for is a good base level of fitness and endurance. This is where all of your endurance and fitness work will be done. Setting up an exercise routine should always be achievable, there is no point saying I will do this entire plan if it realistically impossible. In an ideal world you should look at doing twenty to thirty minutes of exercise three times a week and change the level of intensity depending on your level of fitness. Heath Blakie showed in the 2012 Grand Final that his fitness preparation was crucial to success on a testing final day at Bribie Island. Stretching To Victory Grayson Fong, a regular tournament angler, competitive triathlete and remedial masseuse/ acupuncturist is a firm believer that targeted stretching will allow you a greater range of movement and comfort throughout the tournament session. Fong’s pre and during


Your kit’s ready, so it’s time to hit the water and get bit.

tournament recommendations are to ensure that you keep your back loose as well as your hips and hamstrings through the use of simple static stretches. Post tournament Fong continues his lower body stretching but looks to take the stretching further by stretching the upper and lower back and neck. Fong believes that this regular stretching will also help prevent post tournament injury.

To add to your stretching routine the use of good quality pressure garments (such as skins and 2XU) can also aid in the recovery process by aiding blood flow and mussel recovery. These garments can be worn during the event and are most effective if used in the hour after the end of a session but, if correctly fitted, can be comfortably worn during the drive home.

A GAME CHANGER

While it may all seem like a lot of things to do these small changes in your clothing choice, food and fitness can all add up to a large difference in both your tournament results and how you pull up on Monday after a long weekend on the water. All of this advice is just the starting point, each topic

could be a thesis on its own and we have not even begun to look into mental preparation. There is an unlimited supply of information available to the modern angler and many clued on anglers have started to piece the puzzle together in their own time. Sometimes you have to look a little wider to find improvements to your tournament results.


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CONQUER Text by Chris Byrnes and photography by Simon Goldsmith

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Daniel Grech and Jon Millard catch more barra than most, a result of practice, preparation and research. Three factors that will help all anglers catch fish.


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he reality is that anglers who do the work are the ones that reap the rewards. This often involves fishing in less than ideal conditions and displaying a willingness to try different approaches. ABT have pulled together a brains trust of anglers including past and present AOY and event winners Jon Millard, Daniel Grech, and Peter Price to assist those who have found the going tough and to shed light on the factors that can make or break your dream of angling glory.

REALITY BITES

Learning to pinpoint bite periods will increase your chances of finding active fish that are eager to eat your lure.

The reality of barramundi fishing can be a bitter pill to swallow. For first time anglers, filled with the promise and expectation of catching metre-plus long fish, the likelihood of going to a dam for the first time, finding a fish, getting a bite and landing it, is low. The odds are not in your favour and much like a casino, the house, or in this instance the fish, stands to win. But rather than losing heart the educated angler makes decisions and implements changes that increase their chance of success. Peter Price is spot on when it comes to explaining the reality of fishing for barramundi, “There are so many different conditions that will fire the fish up or shut them down. One day the


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barramundi are all over one type of lure or retrieve and the next day they will not even respond to it. Barra anglers that have only a few proven fishing techniques will struggle overall if this is the case.” Many anglers attempt barramundi fishing once or twice before becoming frustrated and leaving for greener pastures. But why give up so soon? With a wealth of information a mouse click away, it can be easy to accept that certain locations are the only areas where fish will be located. Likewise, many anglers rely solely on a limited arsenal of tackle, for example one type/model of lure in a certain size and colour. The mindset of rigidly sticking to a particular lure and/or pattern will potentially yield results, but for the 90% that lose heart in the face of mounting odds, it can be an exercise in futility. Daniel Grech explains why what you read doesn’t always relate to what actually happens on the water, “I believe there is definitely more to barra fishing then just reading a few articles and watching a few You Tube videos. It is a sport, and just like any sport, you can’t just go out there and succeed first time, every time. “I’m not saying that magazines and videos won’t help; they give us an understanding and some ammunition to go out there

and give it a go. Without this information, we would basically be running our own race, learning for ourselves and we would be years behind in the technologies and products we use today.”

STAY N’ PLAY

Anglers, especially those competing in a tournament, will often remain in a specific location for extended amounts of time. They foresee that a bite window will eventually come about, and by virtue of their presence and persistence, they will secure the bites on offer. There is enough evidence to support that this technique can often yield results during a competition, however, how effective is this strategy longterm and is it worthwhile outside tournament conditions? Jon Millard shares his take on this question, “Many different thought processes can influence an angler to stay in the one area during a tournament situation. The angler may have limited experience at the particular arena (Where do I go?), past tournament successes in particular areas (I’m staying here so no one else can fish this water) or has experienced success early in the session (I got fish here earlier so they must be here). Nevertheless, this is not a tactic commonly employed during social fishing.

“Without the pressures of a tournament, an angler has the freedom to try different techniques and areas without the fear of failure. This allows anglers more time for experimentation, being able to keep and employ successful patterns and discard ones with limited success.”

READING THE SIGNS

All interviewed anglers noted that key indicators during a tournament prefish would entice them to return and potentially stay in one location. These key indicators included the sounding of barramundi or bait, size of sounded fish, current, wind, structure and bird activity. When it comes to hard and fast rules Daniel Grech was adamant on one point, “Most anglers with tournament experience follow the one simple rule, never leave fish to find fish. This means that if you know fish are in the area, DO NOT LEAVE on the chance they could be in another area.” Albert Einstein, a fairly handy theoretical physicist, is credited as saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Yet many anglers employ the same lure and technique over and over in the hope that a fish will eventually decide to respond. We are not proclaiming that persistence and patience are the

Jon Millard and Dan Grech anchor up on a proven location waiting for active fish to move through.


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siblings of insanity rather that their application is most beneficial when other factors are in place and alternate options have been ruled out. If these key elements haven’t been addressed, the strategy of staying in one location/using one lure is akin to having everything and nothing at the same time.

TIME PAYS

Generally the anglers that are the most successful are those

that have spent the most time on the water. Understanding the changing conditions of a river, lake, impoundment or estuary and how they affect the fishing is fundamental to becoming a better angler. This knowledge assists in being able to find fish on the waterway, the key to catching them in the first place! From here anglers can begin to determine what factors are at play i.e. warmer water, presence of baitfish.

Finally determining what lure is most effective and why will provide information as to what the fish are doing or how they are behaving. The devil is in the detail, but that shouldn’t leave you on your knees asking for enlightenment. Our anglers had slightly differing views on this point. Jon Millard and Peter Price stand in the camp that says there is no substitute for time on the water. Daniel Grech had

a different take on the question with the following statement, “Time and experience on the water help find the fish, commitment and confidence help win tournaments! It takes commitment and confidence to execute a plan and most tournament wins have come from a well executed plan.” However you wish to dissect the question, the key elements are all connected. Jon Millard with the final word, “With time on the water anglers are able to decipher successful techniques and patterns themselves without being clouded with misleading information. This gives anglers confidence to repeat previous successes and experiment with new ones they believe may work.” Now that we have quickly addressed some key points let’s talk about how we can turn the odds in your favour.

UNDERSTAND THE CONDITIONS

Barramundi won’t bite all the time. It doesn’t matter whether you have the latest and greatest lure, rod, reel, sounder etc, if they are not willing to play then you will find the going tough. As you develop your angling skills you will learn to adapt, change, move/stay depending on what is happening on the water.


Until then, enjoy the experience and challenge, rather than seeing it as a barrier to success.

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE

If you talk to some anglers they will tell you they are catching plenty of fish on any lure in their box. What may be missing from their brief synopsis is the time inbetween catching fish, or how many fish they actually caught! Two fish caught across three cold, tough days maybe a great result, but the perception is often relative to the difficulty of the conditions! The metaphor of the problem gambler can be used here; they are happy to tell you how much they won but not what they lost. Being realistic will ensure your enjoyment regardless of what information you come across.

PATIENCE AND PERSISTENCE

It is important to realise that fishing for barramundi can be extremely difficult. The light at the end of the tunnel is the payoff when you catch and land a trophy fish. This feeling is further emphasised when it occurs during a fishing tournament! The arduous hours quickly melt away when you have your rod bent in a parabolic curve and the screaming reel in your ear. The fight can range from a short close encounter battle to a long

By the time you hit the start line your mind should be clear and all you should be focused on is barra.

drawn out war. The opponent: a nimble, fleet-footed infantryman or a powerful, unstoppable tank. The time between casting and hooking a fish will be a question of perception versus reward. If you believe the payoff to be enough motivation you will be patient and persist. If not, then your bucket list just got a little longer.

TIME ON THE WATER

There is no substitute for time on the water. If an angler is open to learning, a huge amount of information can be extracted from even a single trip. With experience an angler will begin to recognise patterns and develop a strategy for finding and targeting fish. It also allows an angler the opportunity to test out preconceived theories and suggestions. To illustrate the point, let’s examine the following common statement, ‘Only fish windward sides of a dam.’ Bait being blown onto one side of a dam would surely be the catalyst for targeting those areas? And theoretically there is merit in this suggestion. But the belief that the total fish population in a dam are going to undergo a seismic shift from one side to another with the change in wind is unfounded. With experience comes the understanding that there is no one rule. Challenging common perceptions will do far more


for your angling than blindly applying a bullet point checklist.

LURES

Let’s quickly clear up one fishing myth – there is no one winning lure. Certain lures, by virtue of how many individuals use them; can appear to be the Holy Grail of fishing, the one lure to rule them all. If this were the case then the walls of tackle shops would be sizably reduced and anglers would be rejoicing in unison of their sole super lure purchase. Realistically even the most effective lures have a limited range of use. A variety of different lures can be viewed like a toolbox; some lures will do multiple things while others have a singular purpose. Like an effective handyman it is about knowing which tool to use and when. Having a range of lures to draw on will give you options that you otherwise don’t have. It will also allow you to build on your angling repertoire, which is important when you are required to adapt to changing conditions. Don’t fall into the common trap of believing what worked before will do the job over and over. You wouldn’t make the same meal for your partner each night and expect to surprise them would you? Daniel Grech is a strong advocate for lure variety, “I don’t recommend having one of every lure, I recommend

Time and experience on the water help find the fish. Commitment and confidence help win tournaments! While his BARRA Tour team mate Daniel Grech finds the fish that Millard was looking for.

having two! You always need a back up. It’s very important to have a range of lure to give you options. Fish react differently at different times of the day, meaning as an angler you must be tuned in to what they are biting and when. More lures means more bites!”

INFORMATION OVERLOAD

There is a wealth of information available for anglers across a variety of media platforms. Like a nervous golfer on the first tee it can be daunting to try and cram everything you have heard and read, and then translate it successfully into practise.

Between the plethora of boat/tackle/lure choices the beginner angler can begin to come undone before they have even had the chance to hit the water. Address the things that you can control rather than focus on those that you cannot! To help clarify things, do up a simple checklist and tick the items off when they are finished: boat (batteries charged/fuelled/ navigation lights/safety gear), tackle (working/clearly labelled/easy to access), line/leaders (check for fraying/tie on new leaders, lures (check and replace hooks or rings). The goal is to get out on the water and free your mind from anything other than fishing the water in front of you. If you are worried about your fuel or battery levels while on the water then you are already at a distinct disadvantage. Once you are on the water you are the master of your own destiny. You can employ a run and gun approach where you fish multiple locations for 20 minutes at a time. Alternatively you can head to areas of the dam that you have never fished before and slowly work through a variety of presentations. Either way as long as you are open to watching what happens around you and constantly thinking about your approach you will benefit from the exercise. Above all relax and enjoy yourself, that’s why you made the effort in the first place!


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TROLLING

Outside of an ABT tournament situation, trolling is an effective tool for covering large areas and locating fish. Trolling allows you to cover a large area while effectively targeting fish at different water levels. Without getting into the specifics of lure spreads and configurations, having two lures with different diving depths is a worthwhile start. Targeting edges and natural bottom contours (i.e. old riverbeds) are two techniques that can provide the opportunity to hook a fish. Jon Millard is an advocate of trolling to identify potential locations. He notes the increased time the lure remains in the strike zone and amount of area covered as key reasons to troll. If a fish is hooked it prompts further investigation of the area, which can uncover locations that may have been otherwise overlooked. Trolling can provide a session of a lifetime and unearth tournament hotspots. On that information alone it needs to be considered as an option. Millard draws a line under the issue with the following, “Noone is too cool to troll!”

STEP UP

A lot of anglers want to go straight to casting. Whether it’s emulating their favourite AFC

anglers or wanting to tangle with fish at close quarters in the trees, casting is an effective and important skill necessary to becoming a better angler. To the uninitiated however, the step up from trolling, experience of using braid for the first time or negotiating an electric motor in rough conditions can make this process extremely complicated. Do yourself a favour before you go out on the water and purchase some casting plugs from your local tackle store. Go to your local park or oval and, away from other park users, practise small casts to targets. When mastered, move further away and practice medium range cast, then longer casts. Finally mix up the sequence. Remember, you will be faced with casts of varying distances throughout your session. Being able to adapt to this challenge should be your strength, not weakness.

LAST WORDS

Here are some helpful comments from three of our experts for anglers looking to step up and compete in a barramundi tournament. Peter Price: “If you have the right equipment and are familiar and comfortable with this equipment, then it is not a huge step to tournament fishing. The biggest thing is having the

right mindset to learn and to enjoy your experience. Don’t think you are going to win every comp and leave disappointed.” Daniel Grech: “If you can catch fish in a social format, then you can catch fish on tournament day. And just like any sport, the more you practise the better you become.” John Millard “The step up from social to tournament fishing cannot be underestimated, though it’s still important to always have fun. New pressures during tournament fishing can cause anglers to behave differently and make poor decisions when the pressure is on, with only experience able to settle nerves. “Tournament fishing also puts anglers in an area where egos can be dented; fishing under the same conditions, under the same set of rules on the same day and not being able to hide failures. Learning is often accelerated with one tournament equal to many social days on the water.” Fishing for barramundi is one of the most spectacular forms of angling available. Each trip will successfully build on the knowledge of the last, even if no fish are caught! Anglers of all abilities expend many hours trying to work out the riddle of consistently catching these aquatic denizens. It still remains a challenge to this day, but it is a challenge that equally demands and rewards.

Millard hammers a favourite spot on Peter Faust Dam.


BREAM

EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

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ictorians dominated the BREAM scene in 2013, cleaning up in both Angler of the Year and Grand Final titles. Warren Carter had a dream year in 2013, winning the boater AOY crown with a staggering 398-outof-400 point score, while Brad Roberts claimed the nonboater title on the back of a red-hot tournament year. Colac’s Steve Parker added another win to his tournament CV by claiming victory in the biggest event on the tournament calendar, the Humminbird BREAM Grand Final, in the process winning himself a $20,000 Yamaha SHO outboard, and booking a spot in AFC Outdoors Series 11. Other notable performances for the year included Ian Seeto’s back-to-back Yamaha BREAM Australia Open wins, an impressive feat that will be hard to beat. Over $100,000 in prizemoney was won in 2013 with Warren Carter the standout during the year, adding $10,000 to his winnings to finish the season with $36,021 in career winnings. Steve Gill, Damien Domagala,

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Over $100,000 in prizemoney was won in 2013.

and Mark Lennox were all big winners for the year, but the top earner title still belongs to Steve Morgan ($66,436), even despite a quiet year on the tour. 2013 was a big year for kayak anglers with over 20 events on the calendar delivering kayakers their biggest and best year ever. In true Hobie style the biggest and brightest event of the year

was saved until the very end with the 100 kayak bream-athon at Marlo delivering a Daiwa-Hobie Kayak BREAM Grand Final like we’d never seen before. NSW’s Darryl Head stood out in testing conditions to claim the Grand Final title while Mr Consistent Richard Somerton won the Hobie Fishing Worlds. One angler rained on Somerton’s parade in 2013

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with new kid on the block Bryce Beechey relieving Somerton of his Angler of the Year crown to finish the year as the AOY champ. Team Gamakatsu’s Paul Malov and Alex Franchuk claimed the BREAM Classic Championship title at Mallacoota, winning the highly coveted teams’ title over 63 of Australia’s best breaming teams. Kris Hickson regained

his number one ranked BREAM Classic angler crown, with the AFC angler taking the number one spot from his good friend Russell Babekuhl who now sits in 4th. For more information visit www. abt.org.au. ABT would like to acknowledge and thank Gary Beazley and Robert Kneeshaw for their contribution to the collation of the BREAM statistics for 2013.


NATIONAL GRAND FINAL CHAMPIONS 2001 - Michael Metcalfe, QLD 2002 - Matt Fraser, QLD 2003 - Chris Metcalfe, QLD 2004 - Tim Morgan, QLD 2005 - Chris Wright, NSW 2006 - Steve Duff, VIC 2007 - Ben Godfrey, QLD 2008 - Darren Borg, QLD 2009 - Steve Morgan, QLD 2010 - Shaun Clancy, VIC 2011 - Russell Babekuhl, NSW 2012 - Heath Blaike, NSW 2013 - Steve Parker, VIC BREAM ANGLERS OF THE YEAR Overall 2012- Boater- Russell Babekuhl (392/400pts) 2012 - Non-boater- Phil Nix (383/400pts) 2013 - Boater - Warren Carter (398/400) 2013 - Non-boater - Brad Roberts (387/400) Queensland 2000 - Mike Delisser (286/300pts) 2001 - Tim Morgan (200/200pts) 2002 - Chris Metcalfe (200/200pts) 2003 - Chris Metcalfe (193/200pts) 2004 - Jay Morgan (190/200pts) 2005 - Kelvin Williams (196/200pts) 2006 - Travis Davies (194/200pts) 2007 - Darren Borg (196/200pts) 2008 - Robert Kwiatkowski (196/200pts) 2009 - Steve Morgan (285/300pts) 2010 - Steve Morgan (293/300pts)

2011 - Tristan Taylor (195/200pts) New South Wales 2001 - Steve Starling (198/200pts) 2002 - Tim Morgan (196/200pts) 2003 - Tim Morgan (199/200pts) 2004 - Michael Metcalfe (194/200pts) 2005 - Darren Borg (379/400pts) 2006 - Warren Carter (372/400pts) 2007 - Darren Borg (389/400pts) 2008 - Andrew Howard (360/400pts) 2009 - Kris Hickson (375/400pts) 2010 - Steve Morgan (387/400pts) 2011- Russell Babekuhl (384/400pts) Victoria 2003 - Kevin Gleed (190/200pts) 2004 - Chris Wright (195/200pts) 2005 - Chris Wright (198/200pts) 2006 - Dave Welfare (193/200pts) 2007 - Cameron Whittam (199/200pts) 2008 - Shaun Clancy (198/200pts) 2009 - Brad Hodges (198/200pts) 2010 - Chris Wright (196/200pts) 2011- Cameron Whittam (197/200pts) Western Australia 2003 - Geoff Spadaccini (198/200pts) 2004 - Ian Sewell (198/200pts) 2005 - John-Paul Cronin (196/200pts) 2006 - Dror Pietsch (199/200pts) 2007 - Szarn Tink (200/200pts) 2008 - Szarn Tink (196/200pts) 2009 - Dror Pietsch (198/200pts)

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2010 - Szarn Tink (199/200pts) 2011 - Alex Griesdorf (198/200pts) South Australia 2005 - Mick Pressnell (200/200pts) 2006 - Scott Towner (100/100pts) 2007 - Shaun Ossitt (100/100pts) 2008 - Wayne Friebe (193/200pts) 2009 - Dean Truman (100/100pts) 2010 - Warren Carter (100/100pts) 2011- Hugh Wirth (100/100pts) Tasmania 2006 - Steve Morgan (100/100pts) 2007 - Scott Towner (197/200pts) 2008 - Scott Towner (196/200pts) 2009 - Steve Morgan (196/200pts) 2010 - Shaun Clancy (198/200pts) 2011 - Steve Morgan (197/200pts) HEAVIEST WINNING WEIGHT IN A BREAM QUALIFYING EVENT / SUPER SERIES Overall Qualifier: 10/10, 12.89kg - Leigh McKenzie, Derwent River, March 2007. Super Series: 15/15, 18.05kg - Spiro Spyropolous, Derwent River, March 2011. Queensland Qualifier: 10/10, 7.77kg - Jay Morgan, Gold Coast, July 2005. Super Series: 15/15, 9.52kg, Ben Godfrey, Gold Coast, August 2007. New South Wales Qualifier: 10/10, 8.32kg - Andrew Howard, Forster, July 2001. Super Series: 15/15, 12.21kg - Jack Olmos, Hawkesbury, May 2007 Victoria


10/10, 11.30kg - Chris Wright, Gippsland Lakes, March 2006. Super Series: 11/15, 8.75kg - Mark Mangold, Gippsland Lakes, April 2008. Western Australia 10/10, 7.32kg - Dror Pietsch, Walpole, 2004. Tasmania 10/10, 12.89kg - Leigh McKenzie, Derwent River, March 2007. Super Series: 15/15, 18.05kg - Spiro Spyropolous, Derwent River, March 2011. South Australia 10/10, 6.45kg - Scott Towner, Port River, September 2006. HEAVIEST WINNING WEIGHT IN A BREAM GRAND FINAL 12/15, 14.09kg - Chris Wright, Gippsland Lakes, October 2005. BIGGEST BREAM IN AN ABT BREAM EVENT 1.99kg - Chris Wright, Forster MegaBREAM 2004 BIGGEST BREAM IN A BREAM QUALIFYING EVENT / SUPER SERIES Overall 1.88kg - Nigel Webster, Gippsland Lakes, 2004. Queensland 1.54kg - Steve Chenoweth, Sanctuary Cove, June 2002. New South Wales 1.78kg - Jack Olmos, Clarence River, 2005. Victoria

1.88kg - Nigel Webster, Gippsland Lakes, 2004. Western Australia 1.71kg - Miriam Melis, Perth, June 2004. Tasmania 1.84kg -Steve Steer, St Helens, February 2009. South Australia 1.55kg - Craig Seignor, Port River, September 2006. BIGGEST LIMIT OF FIVE BREAM Overall 5/5, 7.055kg - Chris Wright, Derwent River, March 2008. Queensland 5/5, 4.47kg - Tim Morgan, Gold Coast, 2004. New South Wales 5/5, 4.88kg - Andrew Howard, Forster, July 2001. Victoria 5/5, 6.34kg - Michael Rantall, Gippsland, March 2006. Western Australia 5/5, 4.35kg - John-Paul Cronin, Albany, April 2005. Tasmania 5/5, 7.055kg - Chris Wright, Derwent River, March 2008. South Australia 5/5, 4.75kg - Warren Carter, Nathan Alsop, Port River, September 2005. MOST BREAM EVENT QUALIFYING WINS Chris Wright (7). MOST BREAM WEIGHED AT A BREAM QUALIFYING

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EVENT / SUPER SERIES Overall 926 bream between 106 anglers for 399.70kg at Tweed River, July, 2007. Queensland Qualifier: 926 bream between 106 anglers for 399.70kg at Tweed River, July, 2007. Super Series: 848 bream between 103 anglers For 388.55kg at Gold Coast, August 2007. New South Wales Qualifier: 522 bream between 114 anglers for 255.12kg at Clarence, 2004. Super Series: 800 bream between 123 anglers for 401.34kg at Clarence, May 2008. Victoria Qualifier: 583 bream between 76 anglers for 429.27kg at Mallacoota, March 2010. Super Series: 108 bream between 50 anglers for 78.6kg at Gippsland Lakes, April 2008. Western Australia 476 bream between 78 anglers for 253.03kg at Walpole, 2004. Tasmania Qualifier: 300 bream between 57 anglers for 311.53kg at Derwent River, March 2008. Super Series: 375 bream between 58 anglers for 369.25kg at Derwent River, March 2010. South Australia

150 bream between 37 anglers for 78.46kg at Port River, February 2009. MOST BREAM WEIGHED AT A BREAM GRAND FINAL 916 bream between 110 anglers for 699kg at Mallacoota, November, 2010. BREAM CLASSIC GRAND FINAL CHAMPIONS 2007 - Squidgy (Chris Cleaver & Zachias Crombie) 2008 - Pflueger/Evinrude (Andrew Homann & Neil Foley) 2009 - Squidgy (Chris Cleaver & Bill Kayayannis) 2010 - Colac Tackle (Stephen Parker & Dan Mackrell) 2011 - Manning River Marine (Kris Hickson & Daniel Brown) 2012 - OSP (Tom Slater & Alex Roy) 2013 - Gamakatsu (Paul Malov & Alex Franchuk) HEAVIEST WINNING WEIGHT IN A BREAM CLASSIC GRAND FINAL 10/10, 11.86kg - Colac Tackle (Stephen Parker & Dan Mackrell), Gippsland Lakes, Oct 2010. BIGGEST BREAM IN A BREAM CLASSIC GRAND FINAL 1.7kg - Steve Gill (CritterOz/ Honda Marine), Gippsland Lakes, Oct 2010. MOST BREAM WEIGHED AT A BREAM CLASSIC GRAND FINAL 408 bream between 71 teams for 178.59 at Clarence, Nov 2008.


BREAM PRO BOATER RANKINGS 2013 1

Warren Carter

334

20

Dean Hammond

135

39

Nabeel Issa

94

57

Matthew Finney

67

2

Russell Babekuhl

334

21

Wayne Friebe

135

40

Chris Britton

92

58

Peter Macor

66

3

Kris Hickson

286

22

Damien Domagala

133

40

Shayne Dyason

92

59

Mark Hayes

66

4

Steve Morgan

281

23

Daniel Mackerell

132

42

William Lee

91

60

Dean Gamble

64

5

Cameron Whittam

269

24

Steve Eldred

121

43

Paul Conn

90

61

Tom Deer

64

6

Steve Gill

250

25

Heath Blaikie

120

44

Matt Fraser

87

62

Wal Balzan

62

7

Jarrod Healey

205

26

John Timbrell

119

44

Daniel Kent

87

63

Matt Williams

62

8

Tristan Taylor

190

27

Greg Seeto

118

46

Tracey Mammen

84

64

Darryl Baird

61

9

Steve Parker

184

28

Matthew Kearton

117

47

Mark Healey

83

65

Dror Pietsch

61

10

Graham Franklin

166

29

Anthony Wishey

115

47

Shayne Gillett

83

66

Alex Greisdorf

59

11

Don Johnston

163

29

Anthony Thorpe

115

49

Jamie Mckeown

80

67

Mark Lennox

59

12

Brad Hodges

160

31

Mark Gercovich

107

50

Wayne Reed

79

68

Peter Nord

59

13

Ian Seeto

159

31

Jordan Trusty

107

50

Dean Truman

79

69

Mark Mangold

58

14

Chris Wright

158

33

Michael Maas

104

51

Dean Pateman

75

70

Paul Malov

58

15

Daniel Brown

156

34

Aaron Sharp

103

52

Wayne Robinson

70

71

Warwick Lyndon

57

16

Scott Butler

155

35

Michael Colotouros

102

53

John Balcomb

69

72

Andrew Krushka

55

16

Grant Kime

155

36

Shane Barling

98

54

Ash Hazell

69

73

Codie Stewart

54

18

Ross Cannizzaro

152

37

David Mckenzie

97

55

Jack Dawson

68

74

Tony Thorley

54

19

Chris Seeto

141

38

Charlie Saykao

95

56

Kendall Soo

67

75

Dave Welfare

53

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BREAM PRO BOATER RANKINGS 2013 76

Martin Richardson

53

95

Craig Greenaway

37

114 Greg Woods

25

133 Ben Shuey

19

77

Peter Cashman

52

96

Shaun Clancy

35

115 Dion Robinson

24

134 Cohen Morante

19

78

Shane Ling

52

97

Jason Kerrison

35

116 Mark Holman

24

135 Ben Turbott

18

79

Declan Betts

52

98

John Startin

35

117 Ben Hill

23

136 Alex Roy

17

80

Shaun Chapman

49

99

Dale Pattison

34

118 Shane Jarrett

22

137 Anthony Duff

17

81

Richard Potter

48

100 Benjamin Scott

33

119 Andrew Howard

22

138 Craig Leatt-Hayter

17

82

Tom Slater

45

101 Mick Lee

33

120 Paul Mcculloch

22

139 Craig Templar

17

83

Scott Bilton

45

102 Steve Steer

32

121 Matt Kerr

22

140 Ian Sewell

17

84

Mario Vukic

43

103 David Griffin

31

122 Mick Torley

21

141 Stephen Wheeler

16

85

Aaron Horne

43

104 Darrell Wells

31

123 Damien Mcglynn

21

142 Brian Pelle

16

86

Tony Pettie

41

105 Nicholas Jason Glenn 31

124 Stephen Wilson

21

143 Mark Lawson

16

87

David Beer

41

106 Kim Mcintyre

30

125 Jesse Rotin

20

144 Greg Cooper

15

88

Drew Mcgrath

40

107 Andrew Cox

30

126 Daryl Hislop

20

145 Aaron Nussey

15

89

Spiro Spyropolous

40

108 Daniel Folley

30

127 Philip Knight

20

146 Damien Virieux

15

90

Joshua Kirkness

39

109 Leon Megaw

28

128 David Gibson

19

147 Tony Moore

14

91

Chris Gates

38

110 Robert Kwiatkowski

28

129 Nicholas Reay

19

148 Tony Ireland

14

92

Nathan Mcinness

38

111 Steve Yarwood

28

130 Ross Lamotte

19

149 Leigh Mckenzie

14

93

Graham Green

37

112 Rohan Soulsby

26

131 Richard Williams

19

150 Darryl Schroder

14

94

Isaac Harris

37

113 Richard Hinds

25

132 Justin Causby

19

151 Clay Smith

14

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BREAM PRO BOATER RANKINGS 2013 152 Ben Richards

14

171 Travis Bryan

11

190 Peter Mazey

5

153 Grayson Fong

13

172 Ellery Hatch

11

191 Szarn Tink

5

154 Trent Short

13

173 John Lister

11

192 Mark Crompton

5

155 Steven Galt

13

174 Patrick Sullivan

10

193 Gary Cope

5

156 Steven Morrison

13

175 Ian Baker

10

194 Peter Herbst

5

157 Gavin Dunne

13

176 Byron Blain

10

195 Matthew Little

4

158 Stuart Klose

13

177 Mitch Birt

9

196 Scott Sutherland

4

159 Roderick Walmsley

13

178 Tom Mclean

9

197 Danny Suttil

4

160 Darren Borg

12

179 Grant Clements

9

198 Peter Marshall

4

161 Tim Stuart

12

180 Murray Jeffery

9

199 Andrew Manson

4

162 Craig White

12

181 Stephen Duff

9

200 Darren Evans

4

163 Vernon Pascoe

12

182 Sandy Moorhouse

9

201 Grant Stingel

4

164 Simon Pender

12

183 Scott Corby

8

202 Peter Leggatt

3

165 Leroy Tirant

12

184 Shea Williams

8

203 Greg Weinert

2

166 Hugh Wirth

11

185 Corey House

7

204 Mace Boyer

2

167 Matthew Campbell

11

186 Nigel Harris

7

205 Trent West

1

168 Steve Fields

11

187 William Longani

7

206 Rob Warren

1

169 Adam Ward

11

188 Graeme Taylor

6

207 Toby Mcclure

1

170 Tony Robertson

11

189 Ryan Cumins

6

208 Craig Ainsworth

1

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BREAM PRO NON-BOATER RANKINGS 2013 1

Chris Findlay

234

22

Declan Betts

101

43

Ashley Bryant

74

64

Peter Godfrey

52

2

Troy Hamilton

230

23

Scott Slattery

99

44

Cohen Morante

73

65

Bernard Kong

52

3

Vaughan Lewis

203

24

Grant Stingel

99

45

Rodney O’Sullivan

73

66

Tim Gooley

51

4

Brad Roberts

199

25

Aaron Williams

98

46

Rohan Soulsby

72

67

John Morgan

50

5

Geoffrey Borg

196

26

Nigel White

98

47

Dan Mackerel

72

68

Karl Rembacher

49

6

Mike Hodges

186

27

Scott Marcinkowski

95

48

Allan Morrison

69

69

Chris Maas

47

7

Rebecca Fazio

183

28

Andrew Wallace

92

49

Jeffrey Esperitu

67

70

Greg Cooper

46

8

Rob Kearton

161

29

Todd Burgess

92

50

Shane Wolhuter

66

71

Scott Angel

46

9

Glen Sturrock

142

30

Paul Jankowiak

91

51

Nathan Tuskes

65

72

Darren Borg

45

10

Steve Nedeski

140

31

Jonathon Thompson

89

52

Allan Austin

65

73

Alan Lister

45

11

Andrew Dibley

136

32

Suzanne Siranovic

88

53

Marcel Krieger

62

74

Dan Walter

45

12

Philip Nix

136

33

Andrew Stubbs

88

54

Daniel Stead

60

75

Neil Chegwidden

44

13

Mark Cribbes

135

34

Rodney Thorpe

85

55

Simon Johnson

60

76

Tony Pettie

43

14

Jim Xyga

119

35

John Wright

84

56

Lex Irwin

59

77

Grayson Fong

43

15

Justin Conn

116

36

Heath Krushka

82

57

Steven Cefai

58

78

Daryl Hislop

42

16

Lex Court

114

37

Richard Constable

79

58

Alex Franchuck

58

79

Justin Castle

41

17

Stuart Walker

114

38

Bryce Beechey

77

59

Gary Middleton

55

80

Cody Clements

41

18

Tanya Konsul

114

39

Ian Miller

77

60

Jaxon Miller

55

81

Eric Faes

41

19

Andrew Williams

108

40

David Beer

76

61

Braddley Young

55

82

Nathan Leicht

40

20

Richard Somerton

104

41

Robert Kneeshaw

75

62

Mitchell Romano

54

83

Shaun Egan

40

21

Tom Deer

102

42

Dave Hedge

75

63

Zig Domagala

53

84

Stuart Mckinnon

40

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BREAM PRO NON-BOATER RANKINGS 2013 85

Peter Barry

39

106 Joshua Williams

28

127 Justin Adair

23

148 Jarod Blain

19

86

Corey House

38

107 Richard Davie

28

128 Stephen Theodore

23

149 Scott Natho

18

87

Jack Dihm

37

108 Jordan Trusty

28

129 Tim Olsen

22

150 Callum Dowell

18

88

Ben Cole

37

109 Toby Mcclure

28

130 Wayne Blundell

22

151 Louis Cahill

18

89

Kendall Soo

37

110 Keenan Gilligan

28

131 Brodie Cumins

22

152 Dean Blair

18

90

Michael Tailor

34

111 Tony Neal

27

132 Tan Trieu

22

153 Ben Scullin

18

91

Mark Lawson

34

112 Dean Skordas

27

133 Jordan Garnsworthy

21

154 Doug Hunter

18

92

Alan Murray

33

113 Damian Coleman

24

134 Martyn Evans

21

155 Clint Voss

18

93

Trent Chapman

33

114 Steven Owens

24

135 Jack Healey

21

156 Alan Loftus

17

94

Peter Mazey

32

115 Dave George

24

136 Michael Milburn

21

157 Allan Rooks

17

95

Paul Siemaszko

32

116 Mace Boyer

24

137 Shane Ling

21

158 Rod Pickering

17

96

Jeff Jasinski

31

117 Simon Mcalpin

24

138 Gregory Wirth

20

159 Paul Mccullough

17

97

Colin Peasey

31

118 Grant Clements

24

139 John Siggs

20

160 Tim Atkins

17

98

Mitchell Vane

31

119 John Staltari

24

140 Thomas Clark

20

161 Bruce Robinson

17

99

Peter Morgan

31

120 Andrew Withers

23

141 John Picton

20

162 Lachlan Hamilton

17

100 Mark Morris

30

121 Brad Dolman

23

142 James Mackay

20

163 Shane Lowery

17

101 Thuan Huynh

30

122 Colin Gunning

23

143 Wade Mobbs

19

164 Andrew Mccarthy

17

102 Trent Porteous

30

123 Joel Corrie

23

144 Gordon Birch

19

165 Matthew Little

17

103 Michael Burman

29

124 Anthony Tedesco

23

145 Aaron Cordina

19

166 Clay Hilbert

17

104 Darren Evans

28

125 Matthew Cameron

23

146 Warwick Medwin

19

167 Glenn Hayter

16

105 Nick Georgiadis

28

126 Carey Nolan

23

147 Kevin Winchester

19

168 Scott Sutherland

16

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM PRO NON-BOATER RANKINGS 2013 169 Andrew Pender

16

190 Daniel Bray

12

211 Nathan Newton

6

232 Tony Moore

3

170 Alex Dorrington

16

191 Andrew Larsen

12

212 Brady White

6

233 Ben Lockwood

3

171 Daniel Kopacz

15

192 Greg Weinert

11

213 Noel Awhy

6

234 Gary Lee

3

172 Brad Goyen

15

193 Brendon Mcneil

11

214 Mat Mcfarlane

6

235 Bob Miller

3

173 Alan Wilson

15

194 Craig Leatt-Hayter

11

215 Leughton Beer

6

236 Matt Kerr

2

174 Shane Barling

15

195 David Harrding

11

216 Denis Popovic

6

237 Paul Malov

2

175 Shane Jarrett

15

196 Josh Carpenter

10

217 John Fisher

6

238 John Galea

2

176 Daniel Tamsett

14

197 Gary Andrews

10

218 Bryce Mccomb

6

239 Chris Lunny

2

177 Alistair Creed

14

198 Shaun Stewart

10

219 Darren Seckold

6

240 Jason Harlock

1

178 Nathan Henderson

14

199 James Smith

9

220 Bill Milhail

6

241 James Howarth

1

179 Tony Ireland

14

200 David Mcgrillen

9

221 Justin Willmer

6

242 Dion Robinson

1

180 Jason Bird

14

201 Simon Thomas

9

222 Richard Buczynsky

6

243 Scott Carmody

1

181 Jason Garner

13

202 Dion Bull

8

223 Adam Crick

6

244 Rick Gough

1

182 Greg Wilson

13

203 Matt Williams

8

224 Brett Evill

6

245 Shane Hibberd

1

183 Dean Pateman

13

204 Gary Cope

8

225 Geoff Spadaccini

6

184 Szarn Tink

13

205 Peter Hewitt

8

226 Nicholas Scott

5

185 Philip Sales

13

206 Tom Viney

8

227 Shaun Huynh

5

186 Frank Tzortzoukas

13

207 Jason Meech

7

228 Greg Rooke

5

187 Mick Shaw

12

208 John Starkey

6

229 Anthony Mainas

4

188 Murray Jeffery

12

209 Darren Painter

6

230 Nathan Parker

4

189 Dominic Vassalo

12

210 Richard Buczynsky

6

231 Craig Thompson

4

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM CLASSIC RANKINGS 2013 1

Kristoffer Hickson

368

22

Tracey Mammen

289

43

Kendall Soo

256

64

Aaron Williams

217

2

Shane Wolhuter

363

23

Darren Borg

282

44

Mike Nelson

248

65

Declan Betts

217

3

Nathan Wolhuter

356

24

Joshua Kirkness

281

45

Tim Staunton

242

66

Tom Slater

215

4

Russell Babekuhl

349

25

Scott Greentree

278

46

Aaron Sharpe

241

67

Nabeel Issa

207

5

Trent Fahey

349

26

Ross Lamotte

276

47

Jarrod Healey

238

68

Gavin Harris

206

6

Mark Healey

345

27

Alex Franchuk

275

48

Shaun Chapman

238

69

Scott Bilton

206

7

Warren Carter

342

28

Paul Malov

275

49

Matt Webb

237

70

Shaun Clancy

206

8

Scott Butler

341

29

Peter Macor

275

50

David Welfare

235

71

Peter Jones

206

9

Cameron Whittam

336

30

275

51

Greg Beattie

235

72

David Griffin

203

10

Chris Britton

335

31

273

52

Jake Stewart

232

73

Luke Ryan

202

11

Adrian Neoh

327

32

272

53

Grayson Fong

231

74

Rodney O’Sullivan

202

12

Alan Loftus

326

33

272

54

Chris Russell

230

75

Ben Shuey

202

13

Ross Cannizzaro

325

34

Troy Vankampen David McKenzie (TNB) Alex Roy Michael Hodges (VIC) Neil Chegwidden

272

55

Steve Steer

229

76

Wayne Bale

201

14

Tristan Taylor

323

35

Josh Batterson

268

56

Stephen Parker

224

77

Jeff Brundson

201

15

Daniel Brown

318

36

Grant Manusu

268

57

Shayne Gillett

222

78

Brian Everingham

201

16

Rob Kwiatkowski

317

37

Beau Startin

267

58

Codie Stewart

221

79

Tim Morgan

200

17

Anthony Wishey

300

38

John Startin

267

59

Tony Moore

220

80

Nathan McInnes

200

18

Brendon Hughes

296

39

Ben Collins

264

60

Dean Hammond

220

81

Mitchell Birt

198

19

Matt Finney

295

40

Brad Hodges

261

61

Damien Skeen

218

82

Craig Simmons

196

20

Anthony Thorpe

294

41

Alex Greisdorf

259

62

Brad Balding

218

83

John Balcomb

193

21

Rodney Thorpe

290

42

Steve Eldred

258

63

Stephen Wheeler

218

84

Zig Domagala

191

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM CLASSIC RANKINGS 2013 85

Damien Domagala

191

106 Bradley Morante

174

127 Tom Deer

160

148 Dror Pietsch

148

86

Aaron Horne

191

107 Cohen Morante

174

128 Damien McGlynn

160

149 Troy Parsons

148

87

Steve Morgan

191

108 Glenn Ross

172

129 Matthew Braun

159

150 Grant Stingel

148

88

Stephen Walsh

190

109 Scott Whitfield

171

130 Stuart Kelly

159

151 Danny Torgersen

147

89

Jamie McKeown

188

110 Wayne Reed

171

131 Justin Causby

158

152 Daniel Folley

146

90

Steve Nedeski

187

111 Shane Owens

171

132 Danni Suttil

158

153 Jarrod Lye

146

91

Ben Lockwood

186

112 Steven Owens

171

133 Daniel Kent

157

154 Jim Hickson

145

92

Andrew Cox

186

113 Michael Corbett

169

134 Dion Robinson

156

155 Liam Carruthers

145

93

Andrew Howard

186

114 Rick Gough

169

135 Jeff Jasinski

156

156 Heath Blaikie

145

94

Zac O’Sullivan

181

115 Charlie Saykao

169

136 Simon Sczepaniak

156

157 Ben Walker

144

95

Mark Hayes

181

116 Doug Phayer

168

137 Sally Bacon

156

158 Greg Wirth

143

96

Brian Pelle

181

117 Ashley Hazell

167

138 Anthony Duff

155

159 Hugh Wirth

143

97

Grant Kime

181

118 Pete Leggett

167

139 Scott Corby

155

160 Gary Middleton

143

98

Peter Beeton

179

119 Bernie Pilkington

166

140 Paul Wilson

155

161 John Siggs

143

99

Mark Holman

178

120 Mike Nelson

166

141 Ian Sewell

154

162 Adam Arbuthnot

143

100 David Seaman

178

121 Fred Green

165

142 Eric Cregan

153

163 Emily Burgess

142

101 Jason Mayberry

177

122 James Smith

163

143 Harry Oltkiewicz

151

164 Greg Woods

142

102 Matt Little

177

123 Scott McNamara

162

144 Jordan Trusty

151

165 Darryl Kelcey

141

103 Leigh McKenzie

176

124 Graham Green

161

145 Daniel Mackrell

150

166 Wayne Friebe

141

104 Terry Parmenter

176

125 Andrew Pender

160

146 Sean Pallent

149

167 Tony Thorley

140

105 Mark Crompton

175

126 Damien Virieux

160

147 Greg Weinert

148

168 Daryl Wells

140

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM CLASSIC RANKINGS 2013 169 Isaac Harris

140

190 Andrew Krushka

130

211 Simon McAlpin

125

232 Rohan Soulsby

115

170 Jay Rook

140

191 Martin Richardson

129

212 Colin Peasey

122

233 Shane DeLaMare

115

171 Matthew Kearton

140

192 Ritchie Duncan

129

213 Brad Williams

122

234 Heath Krushka

115

172 Brendan McNeil

140

193 William Duncan

129

214 Tracey Wright

122

235 Mitch Vane

114

173 Steve Wilson

139

194 Tom Gray

128

215 Chris Seeto

122

236 Dean Pateman

113

174 Andrew Wells

138

195 Peter Kerr

127

216 Jonty Krushka

120

237 Stuart Carruthers

112

175 Jon Lister

138

196 Nathan Peckham

127

217 Paul McCullough

120

238 Andrew Rae

111

176 Simon Pender

137

197 Ryan Garth

127

218 Sean Pearson

120

239 Dean Truman

111

177 Scott McGrath

137

198 David Bailey

127

219 Jason Quick

120

240 Justin Pitt

111

178 David Beer

135

199 Don Johnston

127

220 Lee Younan-Wise

120

241 Jason Grace

111

179 Dayne Ferry

135

200 Suzanne Siranovic

127

221 Peter Herbst

120

242 Tim Stuart

110

180 Shane Ling

135

201 Steve Morrison

127

222 Anthony Kalsow

120

243 Wal Balzan

109

181 Neil Kelly

134

202 Chris Cleaver

126

223 Nathan Leicht

120

244 Dean Gamble

109

182 Scott Sutherland

134

203 Kyle Branch

126

224 Bernard Kong

119

245 Owen McPaul

109

183 Paul Conn

133

204 Jason Matthews

126

225 Darren Seckold

119

246 Rob Bullion

109

184 Mark Gercovich

133

205 James Jones

126

226 Josh Williams

119

247 Bradley Baade

107

185 Blake O’Grady

133

206 Gregory Crellin

126

227 Nigel Harris

119

248 Steven Cefai

107

186 Mario Vukic

132

207 Michael Bressan

126

228 Simon Moore

118

249 Brenton Smith

106

187 Steve Gill

131

208 Joseph Urquhart

126

229 Ben Richards

118

250 Steve Matheson

105

188 Anthony Suttil

131

209 Paul Holmes

125

230 Aaron Clifton

118

251 Richard Williams

105

189 Todd Riches

130

210 Greg Rooke

125

231 Andrew Bowering

116

252 Terry Williams

105

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM CLASSIC RANKINGS 2013 253 Daniel Dertesi

105

274 Jesse Rotin

100

295 Peter Stephens

96

316 Murray Jeffrey

89

254 Travis Bryan

105

275 Peter Jarvis

99

296 Brendon Gow

95

317 Michael Milburn

89

255 Toby Back

105

276 Jamie Lockyer

99

297 Mace Boyer

95

318 Nick Griffin

87

256 Wayne Robinson

105

277 Chris Anderson

99

298 Mark Cribbes

94

319 Geoff Borg

87

257 Zac Stojanowski

105

278 Chris Findlay

99

299 Richard Braund

94

320 Jason Harlock

87

258 Tony Livermore

104

279 John Morgan

99

300 Jim Blazewski

94

321 Joel Madam

86

259 Paul Siemaszko

104

280 Michael Coloturous

99

301 Warwick Cregan

93

322 Dave Harrington

86

260 Peter Clark

104

281 Scott Lear

98

302 Szarn Tink

93

323 Nathan Gilders

86

261 Christopher Curtis

104

282 Michael Maas

98

303 Plinio Taurian

93

324 Laurie Harrison

86

262 Mitchell Romano

104

283 Darren Dowd

98

304 Dan Stead

93

325 Martin Exel

86

263 Daniel Bray

104

284 Kevin Attard

98

305 Michael Borg

93

326 Barry Thomas

86

264 Peter Cook

103

285 Gavin Joyce

98

306 Aaron Swanson

93

327 Chris Allwood

86

265 Vaughn Lewis

103

286 Grant Clements

97

307 Will Lee

92

328 Vicki Lear

85

266 John Thorley

103

287 Thomas Purcell

97

308 Daniel Hird

92

329 Gavin Caswell

85

267 Steven Galt

102

288 Cameron Jones

97

309 Rob Taylor

92

330 Romeo Prezioso

84

268 Peter McKinnon

102

289 Dave Tosland

97

310 Warwick Lyndon

92

331 Leon Megaw

83

269 Luke Stubbs

102

290 Gary Brown

97

311 Gary Lockyer

91

332 Patrick Sullivan

83

270 Chris Deland

102

291 Brad Biddleston

97

312 Louis Taylor

91

333 Karen Scully

83

271 Mick Torley

101

292 Mick Smith

96

313 Ben Turbott

90

334 Matt Fraser

83

272 Brett Rayner

100

293 Shaun Stewart

96

314 Bill Karaynnis

89

335 Ian Baker

83

273 Ryan Jamieson

100

294 Greg Seeto

96

315 Wayne Skeen

89

336 Bryce Calvert

83

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM CLASSIC RANKINGS 2013 337 David Waddell

83

358 Wayne Archie

76

379 Daniel Scott

72

400 Phil Cook

66

338 James Blazowski

82

359 Steve Bond

76

380 Peter Nord

72

401 Andrew Towns

66

339 Matt Williams

82

360 Tanya Konsul

76

381 Robert Lee

72

402 Mick Corbitt

66

340 Jack Dawson

81

361 Jeff Raynor

75

382 Callum Dowell

72

403 Tony Curwen

66

341 Carl DiToro

81

362 Adam Hadley

75

383 James Ison

71

404 Wayne Sherriff

65

342 Joel Tegart

80

363 Bradley Harrison

75

384 Arthur Hatzipetrou

71

405 Mick Kaksa

65

343 Craig Madam

80

364 Robert Blackeby

75

385 Steve Duff

70

406 Nigel Kelly

65

344 Gary Cope

80

365 Nick Reay

75

386 Greg Silva

69

407 Alan Britcliffe

65

345 Tony Ireland

80

366 Mike Jones

74

387 Simon Waters

69

408 Dan Frost

64

346 Greg Cooper

79

367 Tom McLean

74

388 Sandy Waters

69

409 Michael Torak

64

347 Simon Little

79

368 Wade Stenhouse

74

389 Chris Maas

69

410 Garry Wotherspoon

64

348 Chris Wright

79

369 Alison Hammond

74

390 Andrew Manson

68

411 Nigel Skyring

64

349 Ian Miller

79

370 Sean Kennedy

74

391 Tim Vickers

68

412 Matt Leach

64

350 Brett Forsyth

78

371 Neil Foley

73

392 Grant Grounds

68

413 Robert Harvey

64

351 Thuan Huynh

78

372 Scott Brown

73

393 Steve Gardoll

67

414 Aaron Dyer

64

352 Stuart Duncan

78

373 Marc Huisken

73

394 Rob Irons

67

415 Graeme Deer

64

353 Brodie Quaas

78

374 Oliver Seear

73

395 Matthew Shea

67

416 Richard Patterson

64

354 Guy Jamieson

77

375 Peter DeGroot

73

396 Drew McGrath

67

417 Guy Struthers

64

355 Graham Franklin

77

376 Jason Kerrison

73

397 Peter Cashman

67

418 Zac Skyring

63

356 Shane Jarrett

76

377 Paul Arnold

72

398 Allan Rooks

67

419 Justin Phillips

63

357 Bob Berberick

76

378 Nathan Tuskes

72

399 Rhett Sandy

66

420 Matt McDonald

63

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM CLASSIC RANKINGS 2013 421 Brad Worboys

63

442 Mark Pigram

60

463 Rob Ward

56

484 Phil Smallman

53

422 Steve Yarwood

62

443 George McNamara

59

464 Brett Stokes

55

485 Tim Golby

53

423 Jason Gatt

62

444 Daniel Bonaccorso

59

465 Michael Peachey

55

486 Ben Hough

53

424 Ashley Walton

62

445 Tony Bourke

59

466 Matt Petrie

55

487 Billy Tamayo

53

425 Glyn Barkhuizen

62

446 Ben Pearce

59

467 Daniel Brady

55

488 Russ McIntosh

53

426 Chris Neville

62

447 Greg Byrne

58

468 Lucas Weaver

55

489 Daryl Baird

53

427 Chris Bond

62

448 Shane Barling

58

469 Jason Jones

55

490 Adam Hodges

52

428 Michael Starkey

61

449 Andrew Stubbs

58

470 Marcus Popowski

55

491 Steve Davidson

52

429 Ryan Warren

61

450 Mark Robertson

58

471 Gary Ford

55

492 Nick Glenn

52

430 Darren Evans

61

451 Paul Tippett

57

472 Dean Gill

55

493 Barry Johnson

52

431 Grant Lazzarro

61

452 Daryl Schroder

57

473 Mick Richards

55

494 Dale Pattison

52

432 Clay Hilbert

61

453 Brad Atley

57

474 Steve Ditterich

54

495 Stuart Buckingham

52

433 Daryl Hislop

61

454 Bryce Beechey

57

475 Steve Mew

54

496 Jamie Henderson

52

434 Greg Cahill

61

455 Mick Rantall

56

476 Chris Lewis

54

497 Michael O’Toole

52

435 Kim McIntyre

61

456 Ben Johnson

56

477 Simon Vaughan

54

498 Andy Parkinson

52

436 Jamie Ryan

60

457 Tom Viney

56

478 Nick Whyte

54

499 Stephen Theodore

51

437 Craig Pillion

60

458 Nicholas Meredith

56

479 Simon Boich

54

500 Jack Dihm

51

438 John Kay

60

459 Ray Camilleri

56

480 David Whyte

54

505 Leigh Barrett

51

439 Nigel White

60

460 Shendell Camilleri

56

481 Chris Kilby

54

506 Ben Cronk

50

440 Simon Johnson

60

461 Karl Rembacher

56

482 Josh Mitchell

54

507 Oliver Sustek

50

441 Luke Smith

60

462 Darren Weda

56

483 David Harding

54

508 Mark Taylor

50

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM KAYAK RANKINGS 2013 1

Richard Somerton

397

23

Patrick McQuarrie

226

45

Justin Dingwall

168

67

Brendan Chambers

122

2

Scott Baker

348

24

Bryce Beechey

210

46

Michael Maas

167

68

Daniel Brown

119

3

Jason Meech

347

25

Mathew Cameron

205

47

Greg Lewis

157

69

Jordan Trusty

111

4

Stephen Maas

333

26

Justin Thompson

205

48

Pete Bostock

157

70

Rick Massie

108

5

Chris Burbidge

330

27

Darryl Head

204

49

Glenn Allen

156

71

Derek Steele

108

6

Andrew Death

325

28

Scott Sandilands

204

50

Gary Beazley

153

72

Phil Pluis

107

7

Josh Carpenter

307

29

Jim Barrie

203

51

Tim Maas

150

73

Guy Struthers

107

8

Joel Crosbie

300

30

Scott Brown

198

52

Jon Clisby

149

74

Keith Andrews

107

9

Stewart Dunn

299

31

Simon Morley

194

53

Dale Baxter

137

75

Wade Mobbs

105

10

Nicholas Meredith

294

32

Denis Metzdorf

193

54

Scott Marcinkowski

135

76

Michelle Carmody

101

11

Dave Hedge

289

33

Tony Pettie

191

55

Ben Hough

133

77

Brendan Chua

100

12

Jason Reid

272

34

Nick Mace

189

56

Paul Davidson

132

78

Sven Bandura

99

13

Luke Kay

269

35

Carl Dubois

188

57

John Sorrell

131

79

Andrew Krushka

99

14

Matt Petrie

264

36

Martin Fellows

185

58

Joe Franco

129

80

Guy Struthers

97

15

Luke Rogan

258

37

Shane Owens

184

59

Daniel Brady

129

81

Chesney Fung

95

16

Ronnie Sonter

255

38

Clark Wilson

181

60

Chris Seeto

128

82

Michael Halliday

95

17

Steve Fields

253

39

Neil Carstairs

180

61

Steve Thomas

127

83

Stuart May

94

18

Peter Woods

245

40

Scott Brownlees

177

62

Rob Chambers

126

84

Doug Phayer

93

19

Craig Coughlan

239

41

Steve Crawley

173

63

Kurt Thomson

125

85

Ron Hall

93

20

Scott Lovig

236

42

Jason Lambert

172

64

Jake Gill

125

86

Scott Carmody

92

21

Jonathan Chen

234

43

Warren Cossell

171

65

Brian Rutledge

124

87

Peter Whelan

91

22

Shane Taylor

226

44

Kevin Winchester

169

66

Matthew Meredith

124

88

Eric Wood

91

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM KAYAK RANKINGS 2013 89

Wayne Robinson

89

111 Sham Benson

63

133 Alex Greisdorf

51

155 Paul Ferraro

39

90

Grayson Fong

88

112 Justin Hamilton

63

134 Chris Garas

50

156 Nicolas Glenn  

39

91

Richard Creighton

85

113 Mark De Cruz

62

135 Andrew Battersby

49

157 Philip Knight

38

92

Lachlan Costello

84

114 Ian Seeto

62

136 Tyson Hayes

49

158 Dion Robinson

38

93

Lynden Briggs

83

115 Barry Brownrigg

61

137 Tarrant Trent Drollet

49

159 Michael Rybka

38

94

John Whelan

83

116 Richard Orchard

60

138 John Van Vliet

47

160 John Carroll

38

95

Ian Abercrombie

82

117 Bill Woods

60

139 Russell Babekuhl

47

161 Benton Parrott

37

96

Dennis McMahon

81

118 Marcus McCormick

60

140 Daniel Burnitt

47

162 Kyle Pettie

37

97

Warren Allen

80

119 Ken Williams

59

141 Mark Whitehead

46

163 Grant Stingel

37

98

Nicholas Hare

78

120 Samantha Rutledge

59

142 Bradley Gange

45

164 Kristoffer Hickson

37

99

Matthew Davern

78

121 Szarn Tink

59

143 Allan Beeching

44

165 Justin Desmarchelier 36

100 Mohammad Byron

75

122 Tom Joyce

59

144 Colin Peasey

44

166 Paul Vogel

36

101 Andy Mitchell

73

123 Brendan Susana

58

145 Dean Davern

44

167 Douglas Evans

36

102 Sean O’Hagan

72

124 Ian Sewell

57

146 Bob Boss

44

168 Tom Schuiling

36

103 Ben Harrison

72

125 Alan Britcliffe

53

147 Andrew Hancox

44

169 Greg Seeto

36

104 Will Lee

71

126 Patrick Wilson

53

148 Jeff Corkill

43

170 Vicki Lear

36

105 Bruce Waterson

71

127 Mitch Vane

52

149 Thomas Purcell

43

171 Kane Terry

35

106 Jason Childs

71

128 Michael Ricci

52

150 Hudson Kent

42

172 Matt McCarthy

35

107 Chad Aumann

69

129 Lachlan Gubb

52

151 Gary Cooke

41

173 Tim Golby

34

108 Nathan Prezioso

66

130 David Gully

52

152 Chris Morris

41

174 Andrew Branson

34

109 Kendall Soo

65

131 Rhett Gill

51

153 Shane De Mello

41

175 Steven Cefai

34

110 Mark Muggleton

64

132 Tim Stylianou

51

154 Geoff Alford

39

176 David Solano

34

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM KAYAK RANKINGS 2013 177 Jamie Beer

34

199 Jesse Mayers

26

221 Anthony Correnti

21

243 Shane Demello

17

178 Jack Dawson

34

200 Gary Tait

26

222 Dennis Skou

20

244 Brett Ozanne

17

179 Jarryd Aleckson

33

201 Ben Leggett

26

223 Glen Edwards

20

245 Scott Davidson

17

180 Neil Hutchins

33

202 Adam Richards

25

224 Julian Taylor

20

246 Adam Costa

16

181 Jason Garner

33

203 Steve Duff

24

225 Paul Robson

20

247 Aaron Williams

16

182 Stuart McCarthy

33

204 Mark Halliday

24

226 Peter Bolt

20

248 David Poulton

16

183 Nick Georgiadis

32

205 Warren Struthers

23

227 Michal Rybka

20

249 Blake Hocking  

15

184 Jason Deenen

32

206 Chris Starkey

23

228 Brett Gladman

20

250 Jason French

15

185 Grant Manusu

32

207 Joe Paratore

23

229 Robert Zanatta

19

251 Paul Salafia

15

186 Simon Ryan

32

208 Jim Halliday

22

230 Jack McNamara

19

252 Adam Archer

15

187 Jonty Krushka

31

209 Jack Cridland

22

231 Billy Sgouras

19

253 Matt Reeves

14

188 Brett Crowe

31

210 Kent Muir

22

232 Keith Gosnell

19

254 Mathew Dugins

14

189 Joel Deenen

30

211 Jason Price

22

233 Kyle Osmond

19

255 Lee Evans

14

190 Mark Thompson

30

212 Charlie Saykao

22

234 Michelle Gamble

19

256 Lex Irwin

14

191 Justin Pugh

30

213 James Kilpatrick

21

235 Brad Roberts

18

257 Vaughan McCullough 13

192 Nathan Annen

29

214 Daniel Holder

21

236 Darrin Crowley

18

258 Rohan Pellizzer

13

193 Adam Crick

28

215 Richard Linossi

21

237 Ron Walker

18

259 Todd Chown

13

194 Phillip Cockshutt

27

216 Neil May

21

238 Paul Tuckwell

18

260 Eamonn Hannah

13

195 Paul Malov

27

217 Daniel Kopacz

21

239 Glyn Sargent

18

261 Phil Cockshutt

13

196 Craig Mace

27

218 Rodney Lee

21

240 Reece Pitkowczy

17

262 Michael Randall

13

197 Rob Walter

26

219 Peter Gardiakos

21

241 Matt Williams

17

263 Tom Michael

12

198 Thai Chau

26

220 Hayden O’Keefe

21

242 Daniel Young

17

264 Dylan Brennan

12

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM KAYAK RANKINGS 2013 265 Wendy Sandilands

12

287 Jayden Dihood

8

309 Matt Bunking

3

313 James Findlay

3

266 Dave Gleeson

12

288 Shaun Beekman

8

310 Marcel Krieger

3

314 Greg Jamieson

3

267 Grant Hocking  

11

289 Neil Kelly

8

311 Justin Sheather

3

315 Terry Grima

3

268 Darryl Tiffins  

11

290 Ashley Summers

8

312 Jetlee Ganado

3

316 Tony Curwen

1

269 Ian Reeves

11

291 Jason Peters

8

270 Danny Torgersen

11

292 Stephen Duff

7

271 Jason Edwards

11

293 Dane Heath

7

272 Justin Reeves

11

294 Brady Wagner

7

273 Chris Barnes

11

295 Kevin McIlveen

7

274 Andrew Jeavons

11

296 Kurt Bales

7

275 Pete Berlinsky

11

297 Scott Bryant

6

276 Ronny Helaers

10

298 Marios Procopiou

5

277 Richard Davies

10

299 Chris Mace

5

278 Joanne Branson

10

300 Kevin Varty

5

279 Tristan O’Reilly

10

301 Herve Martin

4

280 Sam Guy

10

302 Robert Walters

4

281 Staffan Jorup

9

303 Mark Cribbes

4

282 Ben Davidson

9

304 Lucas de Kundar

4

283 Josh Morgan

9

305 Tate Shaw

4

284 Tony Ireland

9

306 James Howarth

3

285 Karl Foster

9

307 Michael Shaw

3

286 Ben Pountney

9

308 Phen Vann

3

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM EARNINGS 2013 Steve Morgan

QLD $66,436

Michael Starkey

NSW $13,601

Adam Ward

NSW $9,850

David Gibson

NSW $6,350

Darren Borg

QLD $62,425

Wayne Reed

NSW $13,575

Steve Gill

NSW $9,765

Dean Silvester

QLD $6,245

John Balcomb

NSW $13,500

David Welfare

NSW $9,445

John Startin

NSW $6,075

Russell Babekuhl NSW $54,286 Scott Towner

NSW $54,000

Andrew Homann NSW $13,200

Steve Starling

NSW $9,300

Mark Gercovich

VIC

Chris Wright

NSW $49,683

Martin Richardson NSW $13,125

Michael Collins

NSW $8,800

Simon Vaughan

QLD $6,000

Kris Hickson

NSW $45,739

Graham Franklin

NSW $13,056

Stephen Duff

VIC

$8,475

Mark Lennox

NSW $5,975

Tim Morgan

QLD $39,911

Nigel Webster

NSW $13,050

Gavin Dunne

QLD $8,450

Chris Russell

NSW $5,950

Mark Mangold

NSW $37,000

Brad Hodges

VIC

Steve Parker

VIC

$8,225

Jordan Trusty

VIC

Warren Carter

VIC

$36,021

Jack Olmos

NSW $12,550

Wayne Friebe

VIC

$8,095

Matt Fraser

QLD $5,700

Chris Britton

QLD $31,595

Dror Pietsch

WA

$12,350

Russ Williams

NSW $8,000

Charlie Saykao

WA

Andrew Howard

NSW $28,825

Spiro Spyropoulos VIC

$11,823

David Beer

WA

Dean Nash

NSW $5,500

Ben Godfrey

QLD $25,600

Szarn Tink

WA

$11,550

Andrew Cowling

NSW $7,500

Clayton Gusmerini NSW $5,400

Tristan Taylor

QLD $25,356

Kaj Busch

NSW $11,400

Daryl Schroder

NSW $7,500

Stephen Wilson

QLD $5,400

Jay Morgan

NSW $10,600

Chris Metcalfe

QLD $7,450

Aaron Horne

NSW $5,350

Cameron Whittam VIC

$23,350

$12,920

$7,546

$6,000

$5,750

$5,540

Anthony Wishey

QLD $20,650

Jarrod Healey

VIC

$10,550

Trent Short

QLD $7,400

Matthew Finney

NSW $5,350

Steve Eldred

QLD $17,549

Damien Domagala VIC

$10,450

Steve Steer

TAS $7,250

Ben Turbott

NSW $5,264

Shaun Clancy

VIC

Ross Lamotte

NSW $10,450

Michael Maas

QLD $7,000

Glen Helmers

NSW $5,150

Craig Simmons

QLD $15,300

Scott Butler

QLD $10,400

Mark Healey

NSW $6,925

Grant Kime

NSW $5,025

David Mckenzie

QLD $10,200

Patrick Sullivan

TAS $6,925

Will Lee

QLD $5,025

NSW $6,850

Aaron Sharp

QLD $5,000

$17,300

Robert Kwiatkowski QLD $15,270 Ian Miller

NSW $14,350

Michael Horn

QLD $10,200

Chris Martin

Daniel Brown

NSW $13,725

Ian Seeto

NSW $10,100

Michael Metcalfe QLD $6,500

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

Geoff Spadaccini WA

$5,000


BREAM EARNINGS 2013 Greg Lee

NSW $5,000

Shane Dyason

John Timbrell

NSW $5,000

Patrick Debattista NSW $5,000

VIC

Adam Todd

SA

Simon Sczepaniak NSW $3,900

Drew Mcgrath

Karen Scully

NSW $3,825

$3,900

Rudy Holzfiend

VIC

QLD $3,000

Joe Crust

NSW $2,175

Matthew Kelly

NSW $3,000

Shayne Gillett

NSW $2,100

Steve Kanowski

QLD $3,000

Chris Cleaver

NSW $2,050

Ben Sandman

QLD $2,000

Matt Taylor

NSW $2,000

$3,070

$2,200

Scott Lear

NSW $4,800

Ian Sewell

WA

Wade Eaton

NSW $4,800

Beau Startin

NSW $3,725

Tyson Detheridge NSW $3,000

David Otway

NSW $4,750

Stuart Mckinnon

VIC

$3,650

Robert Dawson

WA

Trent Butler

QLD $4,600

Anthony Thorpe

NSW $3,625

Adam O’connor

NSW $2,900

Ricky Cooper

NSW $2,000

Darren Seckold

NSW $4,561

Robert Irons

NSW $3,600

Richard Potter

NSW $2,900

Mark Ward

QLD $1,900

Michael Torley

QLD $3,525

Kevin Attard

NSW $2,850

John Schofield

QLD $1,850

Mick Pressnell

VIC

Tom Slater

QLD $1,850

Ross Cannizzaro NSW $4,550

$3,790

$2,950

Leigh Mckenzie

TAS $4,500

Adam Sczepaniak NSW $3,500

Don Johnston

WA

$4,300

Peter Mckinnon

NSW $3,500

Michael Colotourous NSW $2,700

Jack Dawson

WA

$4,300

Andrew Krushka

TAS $3,420

Grayson Fong

QLD $2,625

Miriam Melis

ACT $1,800

Dean Truman

SA

$4,250

Kelvin Williams

QLD $3,400

Shane Barling

VIC

$2,500

Dave Robinson

QLD $1,750

Gregg Flett

NSW $4,200

Kevin Gleed

NSW $3,400

Tom Deer

SA

$2,500

Jamie Mckeown

QLD $1,750

Travis Davies

QLD $4,200

Michael Geary

QLD $3,350

Dean Hammond

NSW $2,400

Josh Batterson

NSW $1,750

Daniel Mackrell

VIC

Shuan Chapman NSW $3,325

Peter Morgan

QLD $2,350

Ron Ashman

NSW $1,750

Drew Griffiths

QLD $4,050

Jesse Lomas

Shaun Ossitt

SA

Jorg Van Husen

NSW $1,700

Jay Perham

QLD $4,000

Darren Georgeston NSW $3,250

Mark Dunphy

NSW $2,300

Nabeel Issa

QLD $1,700

Peter Kelleher

NSW $4,000

Roderick Walmsley QLD $3,200

Phil Jagger

WA

$2,300

Mark Holman

NSW $1,600

Peter Macor

NSW $4,000

Nick Cuccovia

WA

Murray Jeffery

WA

$2,280

Nathan Sewell

QLD $1,600

Alex Griesdorf

WA

Adrian Neoh

NSW $3,075

Michael Passau

NSW $2,200

$4,100

$3,940

QLD $3,300

$3,150

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

Wade Stenhouse WA

$2,750

$2,320

$1,850

Arthur Hatzipetrow QLD $1,575


BREAM EARNINGS 2013 Matthew Williams QLD $1,550

Chris Lemessurier WA

$1,200

Jason Dunne

NSW $1,000

Trent Fahey

NSW $800

NSW $1,500

Graham Green

WA

$1,200

Karl Cathcart

WA

$1,000

Bill Karayannis

NSW $750

Lance Sulkowski NSW $1,500

Graham Taylor

VIC

$1,200

Kurt Blanksby

WA

$1,000

David Vrcic

WA

Isaac Harris

TAS $1,200

Neil Foley

NSW $1,000

James Poolman

NSW $750

Rodney Metzelaar NSW $1,000

Matthew Allen

VIC

David Tosland

$750

Micheal Rantall

VIC

Norm Kemp

NSW $1,500

Nathan Gilders

WA

Peter Cashman

QLD $1,425

Wal Balzan

NSW $1,150

Steve Moran

QLD $1,000

Mick Lee

QLD $750

Grant Manusu

NSW $1,375

Rodney Thorpe

NSW $1,125

Steve Yarwood

WA

Mick Walsh

NSW $750

Codie Stewart

NSW $1,350

Craig Seiginor

VIC

Vicki Lear

NSW $1,000

Mike Delisser

QLD $750

Peter Herbst

QLD $1,350

Kendall Soo

QLD $1,100

Barry Thomas

VIC

$900

Andrew Axon

ACT $715

James Graham

WA

$1,320

Paul O’sullivan

QLD $1,100

Declan Betts

VIC

$900

Dylan Martin

NT

Ash Hazell

WA

$1,300

Robert Harvey

VIC

$1,100

Leon Bettson

WA

$900

Andrew Orley

QLD $700

Ben Scullin

VIC

$1,300

Stuart Gordon

WA

$1,100

Mark Lawson

QLD $900

Chris Elliot

WA

Darrell Wells

TAS $1,300

Chris Deland

NSW $1,088

Paul Malov

VIC

$900

Glen Sturrock

NSW $700

Darryl Dimmick

QLD $1,300

Ian Clift

SA

Andrew Rollison

QLD $850

Grant Lazzaro

QLD $700

David O’reilly

WA

Bill Maguire

NSW $1,000

Mark Halse

WA

$850

James Ison

NSW $700

Gary Newell

NSW $1,300

Craig Ellis

SA

$1,000

Matt Kearton

VIC

$850

Jeremy Heron

QLD $700

Stephen Tracey

QLD $1,300

Daniel Kent

VIC

$1,000

Chris Horne

QLD $800

Nicholas Glenn

SA

$700

Max Frost

NSW $1,250

David Fletcher

QLD $1,000

Chris Seeto

NSW $800

Peter Van Schoubroeck

WA

$700

Peter Jarvis

NSW $1,250

Dino Taglieri

NSW $1,000

Greg Woods

TAS $800

Russell Patterson VIC

$700

Warren Drew

WA

Hugh Wirth

SA

$1,000

Jeff Murray

WA

Bradley Yates

WA

$650

Andrew Hyslop

NSW $1,200

Ira Fehlberg

WA

$1,000

Joshua Kirkness

QLD $800

David Griffin

QLD $650

$1,500

$1,300

$1,250

$1,200

$1,100

$1,050

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

$1,000

$800

$750

$710

$700


BREAM EARNINGS 2013 Dean Seaborn

NSW $650

Craig Leat-hayter WA

$500

Richard Somerton NSW $500

Mario Vukic

VIC

Kevin Tormey

VIC

$650

Dan Mackerell

VIC

$500

Rob Bartlett

QLD $500

Nicholas Reay

NSW $400

Matthew Gillet

WA

$650

Danny Simons

QLD $500

Rohan Soulsby

NSW $500

Ryan Mumford

VIC

$400

Mitch Birt

NSW $650

Darryn Love

QLD $500

Ryan Maddock

QLD $500

Suzanne Siranovic WA

$400

Stephen Bacon

VIC

$650

Dave Seaman

NSW $500

Scott Corby

QLD $500

Tim Richards

WA

$400

Shane Ling

TAS $620

Evan Cranston

WA

$500

Shane Hill

SA

George Mccarthy WA

$390

Alan Durkin

WA

$600

Glenn Nanda

SA

$500

Steve Chenoweth QLD $500

Nathan Mckernan VIC

$600

Graham Whibley SA

$500

Steve Reilly

NSW $500

Matthew Campbell VIC

$370

$500

Steven Flynn

SA

$500

Steven Morrison

WA

$360

Stuart Buckingham VIC

$500

Jason Ehrlich

QLD $350 VIC

$500

$400

Tracey Mammen QLD $375

Paul Gillespie

NSW $600

Greg Wirth

SA

Paul Weare

NSW $600

John Herzog

ACT $500

Tony Pettie

VIC

$600

John-Paul Cronin WA

$500

Stuart Parks

WA

$500

Leon Megaw

Craig Campbell

WA

$550

Lee Rayner

VIC

$500

Tim Hodge

WA

$500

Luke Baranowski NSW $350

Paul Vogl

WA

$550

Mark Hayes

VIC

$500

Toby Richards

WA

$500

Mark Morris

WA

Adam Pereira

WA

$500

Michael Clutterbuck QLD $500

Vernon Pascoe

WA

$500

Mick Skinner

NSW $350

Alex Dorrington

WA

$500

Michael Milburn

NSW $500

Wayne Matthews VIC

$500

Michael Simpson NSW $338

Andrew Dibley

VIC

$500

Nathan Alsop

VIC

Ben Hill

TAS $475

Aaron Williams

WA

$300

Nathan Mcinnes

NSW $500

Alan Zecchin

WA

Adam Royter

VIC

$300

WA

$300

Andrew Owczarek NSW $500

$500

$450

$350

$350

Brad Goyen

NSW $500

Paul Mccullough WA

$500

Grant Stingel

TAS $450

Andrew Herden

Chad Williams

NSW $500

Peter Degroot

WA

$500

Paul Conn

VIC

Brendon Hughes NSW $300

Chris Hill

WA

Phil Nix

NSW $500

Adrian Melchior

NSW $400

Coling Singleton

QLD $300

Craig Griffis

NSW $500

Raef Puddifoot

QLD $500

Ian Bailey

WA

Craig Johnson

QLD $300

$500

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

$450

$400


BREAM EARNINGS 2013 Dale Gilliver

QLD $300

Garry Sturdy

QLD $250

Richard Davie

WA

Bruce Redman

NSW $50

Dale Pattison

VIC

$300

Geoff Bennett

NSW $250

Vincent Bleakley

NSW $150

Corey Mobilia

WA

$50

Daniel Bray

NSW $300

Glenn Chester

VIC

Warren Hughes

QLD $150

Howard Loosemore WA

$50

Daryl Hislop

VIC

$300

Greg Seeto

NSW $250

Craig Hailes

NSW $125

Michael Hodges

VIC

$50

Deacon Plant

WA

$300

Heath Krushka

TAS $250

Bernard Kong

NSW $100

Tim Gooley

NSW $50

Dean Pateman

NSW $300

Michael White

VIC

$250

Jamie Finlay

WA

Justin Conn

VIC

Ian Rickard

WA

Sean Forward

WA

$250

William Longani

ACT $100

Neil Chegwidden NSW $35

Warwick Cregan

NSW $250

Brad Roberts

VIC

Al Creed

TAS $25

Rebecca Fazio

NSW $60

Jeff Jasinski

WA

Braddley Young

VIC

Vaughn Lewis

NSW $25

$300

Joseph Urquhart NSW $300

$250

Matthew Nidd

NSW $300

Jim Xyga

VIC

Peter Godfrey

NSW $300

Chris Maas

QLD $200

Shane Owens

WA

Craig Greenaway NSW $200

Shane Wolhuter

QLD $300

David Currey

NSW $200

Steve Jennings

VIC

$300

Geoff Beyer

QLD $200

Wade Fahill

SA

$300

Matt Kerr

VIC

Nathan Tuskes

QLD $200

$300

Andrew Cornford NSW $250

$210

$200

Andrew Stubbs

NSW $250

Tan Trieu

VIC

$200

Brett Wilson

NSW $250

Taro Okamoto

WA

$200

Cohen Morante

NSW $250

Tom Hahn

SA

$200

Dan Stead

QLD $250

Ward Ellwood

QLD $200

Darryl Baird

VIC

Sean Pearson

SA

$170

Eric Faes

ACT $250

Craig Steel

VIC

$150

$250

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

$150

$100

$70

$50

$35

$25

TOTAL EARNINGS $1,625,841


BREAM KAYAK EARNINGS 2013 Greg Lewis

$11,120

Jonathon Chen

$1,800

Michael Maas

$845

Jim Barrie

$500

Jason Meech

$6,465

Shane Owens

$1,775

Gary Beazley

$820

Scott Marcinkowski

$500

Richard Somerton

$3,910

Stephen Maas

$1,550

Brad Turner

$800

Phillips Knight

$450

Chris Burbidge

$3,520

Josh Carpenter

$1,540

Glen Allen

$800

Mark Thompson

$450

Nicholas Meredith

$3,345

Wayne Robinson

$1,534

Scott Sandilands

$765

Derek Steele

$430

Will Lee

$3,260

Peter Woods

$1,445

Patrick McQuarrie

$745

Jon Clisby

$425

Joel Crosbie

$3,030

Nick Mace

$1,350

Rick Massie

$720

Raymond Stork

$420

Dave Hedge

$2,950

Wade Mobbs

$1,350

Grant Stingel

$700

Tim Moszekiari

$420

Andrew Death

$2,680

Martin Fellows

$1,330

Joe Franco

$700

Ben Harrison

$405

Matt Petrie

$2,635

Jason Reid

$1,320

Craig Coughlan

$660

Andy Mitchell

$400

Stewart Dunn

$2,550

Kevin Winchester

$1,210

Nigel Webster

$650

Chris Lacey

$400

Daniel Brown

$2,475

Carl Dubois

$1,200

Bob Boss

$630

Robert Greetham

$400

Denis Metzdorf

$2,405

Ronnie Sonter

$1,190

Paul Davidson

$630

Chad Aumann

$350

Scott Baker

$2,390

Shane Taylor

$1,125

Andrew Krushka

$610

Daniel Brady

$350

Jordan Trusty

$2,270

Tristan Taylor

$1,100

Luke Rogan

$600

Eric Wood

$350

Luke Kay

$2,025

Tony Pettie

$1,050

Neil Cartairs

$585

Jason Lambert

$350

Justin Dingwall

$1,925

Gary Cooke

$1,025

Paul Malov

$550

Tim Maas

$350

Scott Lovig

$1,910

Russell Babekuhl

$975

Scott Brown

$550

Brian Rutledge

$320

Bryce Beechey

$1,845

Rhett Gill

$920

Scott Brownless

$550

Bryan Lazzaro

$300

Clark Wilson

$1,845

Matthew Cameron

$900

Guy Struthers

$540

Dale Baxter

$300

Steve Fields

$1,825

Grayson Fong

$880

Wayne Bone

$520

Darren Borg

$300

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BREAM KAYAK EARNINGS 2013 David Varney

$300

Ryan Dixon

$200

Jake Gill

$100

Justin Desmarchelier $80

Grant Manusu

$300

Chris Martin

$190

Jason Wong

$100

Ken Raley Â

$75

Kendall Soo

$300

Mark Muggleton

$175

Shane De Mello

$100

Roberta Pearce

$75

Michelle Carmody

$300

Richard Creigthton

$170

Barry Trapp

$90

Tristan Hooft

$70

Nathan Prezioso

$300

Andrew Battersby

$150

Kevin Crawford

$90

Ben Hough

$50

Steve Crawley

$300

Andrew Hillyard

$150

Steve Duff

$90

Jake Underwood

$50

Jayson Clarke

$280

Chesney Fung

$150

Daniel Holder

$260

Gary Tait

$150

Sven Bandura

$260

John Whelan

$150

Alan Durkin

$250

Jamie Beer

$150

Ian Seeto

$250

Matthew Kris

$150

Jason Price

$250

Terry Grima

$150

Matthew Davern

$250

Vicki Lear

$150

Brett Ozanne

$230

Liam Suiskis

$130

Darryl Head

$225

Glen Chester

$125

Brendan Chua

$200

David Gully

$120

Bruce Waterson

$200

Peter Bostock

$120

Jonty Krushka

$200

Phil Pluis

$110

Josh de Groot

$200

Adrian Ryan

$100

Keeton Eoff

$200

Brett Ozanne

$100

Michael Halliday

$200

David Tindale

$100

BREAM EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

TOTAL EARNINGS $124,304


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ean Silvester had a stellar year on the BASS Pro Tour in 2013 claiming the TT Lures Lake Somerset event win in August then capping it off a month later with victory in the Smak Lures BASS Pro Grand Final at Lake Cania. Young gun Callum Munro was another hot angler on the bass trail finishing second to Silvester in the Somerset BASS Pro event, in the process becoming the youngest angler to win the Smak Lures BASS Pro Angler of the Year crown. With the kicker fish in his AOY winning bag now ABT’s biggest bass (3.82kg) it’ll be a year that Munro may find hard to top in 2014. 2013 delivered a mixture of new and proven BASS Pro winners, with Peter Phelps (Glenbawn) adding another win to his already impressive tournament CV, while Jason Shephardson (St Clair), John Brider (Boondooma), and Dean Silvester (Somerset) all became first time winners.


2013 delivered a mixture of new and proven BASS Pro winners

BASS EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

Plenty of money was handed out during the year, with Dean Silvester ($7025), Peter Phelps ($6145), Callum Munro ($5310), Jason Shephardson ($4000) and John Brider ($3675) cashing in the best during the year, while Carl Jocumsen ($56,808) still leads the overall money earnings list followed by three time BASS Pro Grand Final winner Matthew Mott ($36,054) and Tim Morgan ($36,635). Adrian and Christian Manolea had a performance driving year on the Bluefin Boats BASS Electric scene finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the AOY race, while ever consistent angler Andrew Low became the number one ranked BASS Electric Angler. The young guns fired at the Bluefin Boats BASS Electric Convention with Jordan Renz and Joseph Urqhart finishing first and second in the Bjelke Petersen Dam event. With a new Bluefin Estuary Pro tournament prize boat now registered in his name Jordan will be an angler to watch in 2014. For full records and rankings visit www.abt.org.au. ABT would like to acknowledge and thank Peter Jenkins and Barry Oxford for their contribution to the collation of the BASS statistics for 2013.


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BASS PRO ANGLER OF THE YEAR (BOATER) 1999 Brett Thomson (592/600pts) 2000 Brett Thomson (780/800pts) 2001 John Schofield (798/800pts) 2002 John Schofield (767/800pts) 2003 Stephen Kanowski (278/300pts) 2004 Andrew Robinson (281/300pts) 2005 Stephen Kanowski (291/300pts) 2006 Carl Jocumsen (294/300pts) 2007 Stephen Kanowski (294/300pts) 2008 Carl Jocumsen (289/300pts) 2009 Wayne Beazley (283/300pts) 2010 Carl Jocumsen (294/300pts) 2011 Matthew Mott (288/300pts) 2012 Daniel Clancy (295/300pts) 2013 Callum Munro (292/300pts) BASS PRO ANGLER OF THE YEAR (NON-BOATER) 2011 Karen Fontaine (288/300pts) 2012 Ray Holmes (290/300pts) 2013 Dave Hedge (295/300pts) BASS PRO GRAND FINAL WINNERS 1999 Harry Watson (10/10, 3640 mm, Maroon Dam). 2000 John Schofield (10/10, 3570 mm, Cresbrook Dam). 2001 George Voysey (10/10, 10.02kg, Cania Dam). 2002 Craig Simmons (6/6, 12.00kg, Lake StClair). 2003 Jason Ehrlich (6/6, 8.44kg, Bjelke-Petersen Dam).

2004 David Green (6/6, 8.45kg, Lake Boondooma). 2005 Matthew Mott (6/6, 7.64kg, Lake Borumba) 2006 Tim Morgan (5/6, 6.99kg, Lake Glenbawn) 2007 Kerry Symes (6/6, 10.055kg, Lake Somerset) 2008 Carl Jocumsen (8/8, 8.3kg, Lake St.Clair) 2009 Matthew Mott (6/6, 8.27kg, Lake Somerset) 2010 Wayne Reed (6/6, 6.73kg, Lake Glenbawn) 2011 Matthew Mott (6/6, 9.06kg, Lake Boondooma) 2012 Mark Lennox (6/6, 5.93kg) 2013 Dean Silvester (6/6, 8.36kg) MOST POINTS IN A BASS PRO QUALIFYING EVENT LENGTH: Tim Morgan (10/10,4255mm) Round 4 2000,Boondooma Dam. WEIGHT (10 fish): Gavin Dunne (9/10,16.10kg) Round 1 2002, Somerset Dam WEIGHT (6 fish): Tim Morgan (6/6,12.24kg) Round 1 2003, Glenbawn Dam. MOST POINTS IN A BASS PRO GRAND FINAL LENGTH: Harry Watson (10/10,3640 mm) 1999 Grand Final, Maroon Dam. WEIGHT (10 Fish): George Voysey (10/10,10.02kg) 2001

BASS EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

Grand Final, Cania Dam WEIGHT (8 Fish): Carl Jocumsen (8/8, 8.3kg) 2008 Grand Final, Lake St Clair. WEIGHT (6 Fish): Craig Simmons (6/6,12.00kg) 2002 Grand Final, Lake St Clair. MOST POINTS IN A BASS PRO QUALIFYING EVENT SESSION LENGTH: John Schofield (2/2,990mm) 2000, Round 2, Glenbawn Dam. WEIGHT: Ian Pfingst (2/2, 5.68kg) 2005, Round 5, Somerset. BIGGEST BASS IN A BASS EVENT LENGTH: Phil Roebuck (540mm) 2001 Round 4, Bjelke-Petersen Dam. WEIGHT: Callum Munro (3.82kg) 2013 Somerset BASS Pro, Somerset Dam. BIGGEST BASS IN A BASS PRO GRAND FINAL LENGTH: John Schofield (490mm), 2000, Grand Final, Cressbrook Dam. WEIGHT: Kerry Symes (3.17kg), 2009, Grand Final, Lake Somerset. BIGGEST BAG IN A BASS PRO GRAND FINAL David Green (2/2, 4.43kg), 2009 Grand Final, Lake Somerset. MOST BASS QUALIFYING EVENT WINS Matthew Mott (4) MOST BASS GRAND FINAL WINS Matthew Mott (3)


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BEST PERFORMANCE BY A GRAND FINALIST IN THE USA Carl Jocumsen, 2nd at Lake Mead, Oct 2009. MOST FISH MEASURED IN A BASS QUALIFYING EVENT 519 fish by 124 anglers totaling 721.42kg, 2003 BASS Pro Round 1 Lake Glenbawn. MOST FISH MEASURED IN A BASS GRAND FINAL 10 Fish: 186 between 30 anglers. 2001 Grand Final, Cania Dam 6 Fish: 148 between 29 anglers. 2004 Grand Final, Lake Boondooma 6 Fish (boater & non-boater):

237 between 58 anglers. 2011 Grand Final, Lake Boondooma. BASS ELECTRIC GRAND FINAL WINNERS 2001 Jason Ehrlich (6/6, 4.76kg, Maroon Dam) 2002 Peter Keidge (6/6, 7.68kg, Lenthalls) 2003 No Grand Final. 2004 Convention: Ian Galloway (3/3, 3.16kg, Hinze Dam). 2005 Convention: Garry Fitzgerald (3/3, 7.82kg, Wivenhoe Dam) 2006 Convention: Ben Pepperall (2/3, 2.64kg, Lostock Dam) 2007 Convention: Ian Galloway (3/3, 2.13kg, Wivenhoe Dam) 2008 Convention: Jesper Noiesen (2/3, 3.48kg, Bjelke Petersen Dam)

BASS EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

2009 Convention: David Trinder (3/3, 4.26kg, Boondooma Dam) 2010 Convention: Shaun Falkenhagen (3/3, 2.07kg, Cania Dam) 2011 Convention: Freddie Sawyer (4/4, 4.41kg, Borumba Dam) 2012 Convention: Jeremey McConnell (4/4, 3.71kg, Hinze Dam) 2013 Convention: Jordan Renz (4/4, 4.09kg, Bjelke Petersen Dam) BIGGEST BAG IN A BASS ELECTRIC QUALIFYING EVENT Ken Murray (2/2, 5.70kg) Lake Wivenhoe, 2006. BIGGEST BAG IN A BASS ELECTRIC GRAND FINAL SIX FISH: Peter Keidge

(6/6, 7.68kg) 2002 Lake Lenthalls. THREE-FISH: Garry Fitzgerald (3/3, 7.82kg) 2005 Wivenhoe Dam. BIGGEST BASS IN A BASS ELECTRIC QUALIFYING EVENT Ian Galloway (3.235kg) Lake Wivenhoe, 2008. BIGGEST BASS IN A BASS ELECTRIC GRAND FINAL Dave Hislop (2.79kg) Convention, 2005, Lake Wivenhoe. MOST BASS ELECTRIC QUALIFYING EVENT WINS Barry Oxford (10) MOST BASS ELECTRIC GRAND FINAL WINS Ian Galloway (2)


BASS PRO BOATER RANKINGS 2013 1

Callum Munro

270

21

Adrian Melchior

116

41

Michael Fairburn

55

61

Shane Anderson

16

2

Dean Silvester

256

22

Jason Shepherdson

116

42

Steven Richards

55

62

Mike Creighton

16

3

Matthew Mott

240

23

Dave Reynolds

108

43

Tony Thorley

47

63

Simon Marchant

16

4

Mark Lennox

216

24

Wayne Beazley

100

44

David Aseguinolaza

44

64

Nigel Middleton

16

5

Peter Phelps

213

25

Brad Clark

98

45

Peter Fogarty

44

65

Craig Shiels

15

6

Matt Johnson

207

26

John Brider

95

46

Mark Reinbott

39

66

Jorg Vanhusen

14

7

Stephen Kanowski

198

27

Bill Schloss

92

47

Gavin Sticklin

38

67

Tim Morgan

12

8

Daniel Clancy

197

28

David Young

88

48

Steve Eldred

35

68

Dean Walsh

12

9

Alan Mcnamara

185

29

Peter Leggett

86

49

Wayne Reed

35

69

Jason Ehrlich

11

10

Aaron Mogg

180

30

Wayne Blundell

78

50

Matt Anderson

34

70

Aaron Sharp

11

11

Ian Wratten

167

31

Simon Barkhuizen

76

51

Tim Moss

34

71

David Lane

8

12

Steven Otto

162

32

Ben Pepperall

76

52

Joseph Urquhart

30

72

Jay Morgan

4

13

Steve Chang

160

33

Mark Mangold

75

53

Gary Mccabe

24

73

Ken Pepperall

4

14

Barry Reynolds

160

34

Allan Price

68

54

Paul Cooper

23

74

Craig Simmons

4

15

Baden Sparrow

153

35

David Green

68

55

Mick Clarke

21

75

Jody Vernon

4

16

Gregg Flett

151

36

Michael Henare

65

56

Paul Beavan

19

76

Glyn Barkhuizen

2

17

Peter Jenkins

145

37

William Schloss

60

57

Darryl Langton

19

77

Darryn Love

1

18

Trevor Stead

144

38

David Williamson

58

58

John Cooper

18

19

Gavin Dunne

133

39

Todd Cormack

57

59

Adrian Baunach

17

20

Paul Gillespie

124

40

Mal Draper

56

60

Mike Connolly

17

BASS EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BASS PRO NON-BOATER RANKINGS 2013 1

Dylan Mott

248

12

Steve Babbage

132

23

Warren Howe

97

34

Ashley Bryant

77

2

Ray Holmes

208

13

Luke Parsons

132

24

David Mann

94

35

John Noble

76

3

Greg Mitchell

207

14

John Koch

118

25

Luke Mulholland

94

36

Andrew Woods

74

4

Terry Alwood

201

15

Matt Cushieri

114

26

Jay Gillespie

92

37

Todd Cormack

72

5

James Reid

194

16

James Browning

113

27

Greg Munro

87

38

Troy Danes

71

6

Dave Hedges

190

17

Ben Scotman

112

28

Dave Trinder

87

39

Andrew Mcbride

67

7

Joshua Evans

177

18

Stuart France

109

29

Glenn Wojtasik

85

40

Stephen Turner

66

8

Shaun Falkenhagen

177

19

Dylan Glover

103

30

Joshua Schwerin

84

41

Duane Macey

65

9

Dane Radosevic

154

20

Tom Slater

99

31

Robert Baldock

83

10

Peter Holmes

150

21

Deborah Kowalczyk

98

32

Luke Novak

81

11

Stephen Mclean

134

22

Michael Thompson

97

33

Mal Draper

78

BASS EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BASS ELECTRIC RANKINGS 2013 1

Andrew Low

376

20

Denis Shaw

262

39

Les Barber

138

58

Paul McHugh

96

2

Tom Reynolds

356

21

Shane Anderson

259

40

Rory Saint

133

59

Paul Gray

95

3

Dave Mann

352

22

Mitchell Renz

258

41

Chris Osley

132

60

Cole Hutchison

91

4

Dave Trinder

350

23

Brian Rutledge

247

42

Nathan Swanson

129

61

Chris Horne

87

5

Tim Steenhuis

341

24

Kenny Lebherz

225

43

Paul Holmberg

125

62

Matt Johnson

86

6

Christian Manolea

333

25

Jeff McKee

213

44

Dean Thomson

121

63

Steve McLean

86

7

Jordan Renz

322

26

Stephen Turner

212

45

Brett Dinham

119

64

David West

82

8

Jeremy McConnell

310

27

Robert Butler

190

46

Barry Oxford

118

65

Michael Skinner

81

9

Glen Hayter

301

28

Graham Dodds

187

47

Callum Tewes

117

66

Owen McPaul

81

10

Andrew Baunach

300

29

Paul Phillips

172

48

Dylan Glover

116

67

Peter Bryant

81

11

Roy Souter

288

30

Mark Petersen

167

49

Steve Chang

112

68

David Bullard

80

12

Adrian Wilson

288

31

Charles West

164

50

Steve Noble

106

69

Ricky Simmons

77

13

Brett Kleinschmidt

275

32

Wayne Baunach

161

51

Ben Biggs

105

70

Ken Fitzgibbon

75

14

Adrian Manolea

275

33

Ian Galloway

152

52

Luke Clark

105

71

Sue Pauline

75

15

Stuart France

274

34

Samantha Rutledge

152

53

Michael Turner

104

72

Patrick Conduit

74

16

Rob Hinton

274

35

Brett Renz

150

54

Trevor Stead

100

73

Phil Fitzgerald

72

17

Joseph Urquhart

273

36

Jesper Noiesen

146

55

Darryn Love

99

74

Robert Ottesen

71

18

Jack Gold

272

37

Hans Jensen

143

56

Peter Woods

99

75

Logan Gilmore

69

19

Shaun Falkenhagen

264

38

Pete Bostock

140

57

Sam Madelaine

98

76

Rod Shorten

69

BASS EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BASS ELECTRIC RANKINGS 2013 77

Adrian Melchior

66

96

Jonathon Box

52

115 Reg Pauline

41

134 Natasha Souter

33

78

Scott Hutchison

65

97

Tim Rankin

52

116 Matthew Osley

40

135 Tom Ackerman

33

79

Joe Pietraszkiewicz

64

98

John Picton

51

117 Mal Draper

40

136 Adam Thompson

31

80

Anthony Winters

62

99

Steve Babbage

51

118 Mark Lockwood

40

137 Phillip Merrick

31

81

Bill Woods

62

100 Andrew Drennon

50

119 Anita Parsons

39

138 Rick Steedman

31

82

Daniel Clancy

62

101 Jason Ehrlich

50

120 Luke Draper

39

139 Tony Dolinie

31

83

Benn Durkin

61

102 Alex Roy

49

121 Brendan Deurloo

38

140 Will Sims

31

84

David Lane

61

103 Jason Clark

48

122 Michael Grimes

38

141 Ann-marie Mcmullen 30

85

Ed Harrison

61

104 Trent Barea

48

123 Brenton Smith

37

142 Tony Thorley

30

86

Andrew Dunkerly

58

105 Darren Harris

47

124 Howard Althaus

37

143 Craig Williams  

29

87

Richard Holmberg

58

106 Ken Jackson

47

125 Jarrah Fitzgibbon

37

144 Dean Buchanan

29

88

Wayne Beggs

58

107 Mark Muggleton

47

126 Wayne Beazley

37

145 Gary Rooks

29

89

Danny Weaver

57

108 Arron Swanson

46

127 Paul Gillespie

36

146 Anthony Parke

28

90

Mike Henare

57

109 Luke Newton

46

128 Blake Ehrlich

35

147 Gary Leather

28

91

Steve Lawrance

56

110 John Ski

44

129 Remi Hagge

35

148 Matt Manby

28

92

Aiden Robertson

55

111 Tony Downie

44

130 Amy Chang

34

149 Shane Brown

28

93

Bevan Sutherland

55

112 Glen Winters

43

131 Andrew Wilson

34

150 Cory Head

27

94

Peter Robinson

55

113 Simon Marchant

43

132 Grant Elderidge

34

151 Callan Bayliss

26

95

Simon Saint

53

114 Blake Lambert

41

133 John Noble

33

152 Mat Steedman

26

BASS EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BASS ELECTRIC RANKINGS 2013 153 Terry Allwood

26

172 Matt Cabban

22

191 Lachlan Devlin

17

210 Andrew Ryan

11

154 Andrew Huxley

25

173 Cameron Doonan

21

192 Rob March

17

211 Craig Churches

11

155 Richard Sutherland

25

174 Cody Haynes

21

193 Kurt Rowlands

16

212 Daniel Bull

10

156 Bruce Jordan

24

175 Eli Preist

21

194 Boyd Stewart

15

213 Wayne Blundell

10

157 Daniel Molloy

24

176 John Schwerin

21

195 Darren Painter

15

214 Adam Williams

9

158 Michael Cain

24

177 Michael Lindenmayer 21

196 Jamie Lawrenson

15

215 Ben Davidson

9

159 Te Rowman

24

178 Nigel Skyring

21

197 Jay Gillespie

15

216 William Peterson

9

160 Trevor Burgess

24

179 Rod Glover

21

198 Allan Rooks

14

217 Bailey Weaver

8

161 Steve Otto

23

180 Dylan Bedford

20

199 Josh Wall

14

218 Bob Hadley

8

162 Bernard Austin

23

181 Glen Casey

20

200 Lee Younan-Wise

14

219 Scott Whitfield

6

163 Damien Parsons

23

182 Joe Allan

20

201 James Reid

13

164 Josh Rattau

23

183 Mark Reinbott

20

202 John Bacon

13

165 Matthew McDonald

23

184 Arthur Allen

19

203 John Siggs

13

166 Ben Pepperall

22

185 Chelsey Lennon

19

204 Lilly Reid

13

167 Brandon Gould

22

186 John Kidd

19

205 Gene Prince

12

168 Brett Court

22

187 Nathan Wolhuter

19

206 Scott Sutherland

12

169 Dale Mullins

22

188 Sue Barber

19

207 Warren Cossell

12

170 David Green

22

189 Josh Schleusener

18

208 Jason Shepherdson

11

171 Ian Moss

22

190 Jeremy Fisher

17

209 Danny Robinson

11

BASS EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BASS EARNINGS 2013 Carl Jocumsen

$56,808

Peter Phelps

$10,395

Mark Lennox

$5,575

Danny Robinson

$3,400

Matthew Mott

$36,054

Daniel Clancy

$9,925

Jason Shepherdson

$5,550

Steven Richards

$3,250

Tim Morgan

$34,635

Craig Simmons

$9,787

Brad Smith

$5,525

Chris Galligan

$3,250

David Green

$27,218

Steven Otto

$9,570

Simon Barkhuizen

$5,225

Michael Collins

$3,250

John Schofield

$24,325

Mike Creighton

$7,800

Kerry Ehrlich

$4,900

Jody Vernon

$3,195

Steve Kanowski

$23,437

Adrian Melchior

$7,725

Bill Schloss

$4,730

Dan Ryan

$3,150

Harry Watson

$20,500

Greg Walton

$7,600

Ian Wratten

$4,245

Mark Reinbott

$3,150

Michael Pascoe

$19,033

Wayne Beazley

$7,430

Justin Scott

$4,235

Matt Fraser

$3,150

Gregg Flett

$16,073

Spiro Zantiotis

$7,350

Jay Morgan

$4,200

Mark Pertot

$3,100

Ben Pepperall

$15,443

Baden Sparrow

$7,225

Ashley Sims

$4,170

Wayne Parry

$3,087

Gavin Dunne

$15,005

Matt Johnson

$6,950

Colin Singleton

$4,075

Brad Clark

$3,075

Mike Connolly

$14,395

Wayne Reed

$6,930

Garry Hardman

$3,975

Kylie Cornish

$3,050

Peter Keidge

$13,900

Mark Mangold

$6,925

Andrew Homann

$3,950

Steve Chang

$3,050

Callum Munro

$13,127

Trevor Stead

$6,350

John Brider

$3,825

Trevor Foote

$3,050

Steve Eldred

$12,195

David Young

$6,145

David Reynolds

$3,813

Neil Scott

$3,000

Jason Ehrlich

$11,800

Wayne Blundell

$6,025

Steve Morgan

$3,750

Peter Leggett

$3,000

Stephen Almond

$11,800

Andrew Robinson

$5,900

Mark Lawson

$3,570

Barry Reynolds

$2,800

Dean Silvester

$11,225

Brett Thomson

$5,852

Kerry Symes

$3,550

Tony Payne

$2,800

Matt Anderson

$10,970

Alan Mcnamara

$5,750

Greg Parkes

$3,525

Dave Daniel

$2,552

BASS EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BASS EARNINGS 2013 Dylan Mott

$2,538

Robert Smith

$1,800

Drew Griffiths

$1,250

Steve Todeschini

$850

Toby Wilson

$2,525

George Voysey

$1,750

Wayne Gordon

$1,250

Joe Allan

$825

Peter May

$2,500

Mark Cutler

$1,750

Mal Draper

$1,200

Matt Hawkless

$750

Glenn Helmers

$2,438

Paul Dolan

$1,750

Peter Jenkins

$1,140

Garry Sturdy

$700

Paul Cooper

$2,425

Michael Starkey

$1,705

Scott Dakin

$1,100

Ken Murray

$700

Dave Robinson

$2,400

Ian Black

$1,650

Shawn Ryan

$1,100

Gary Mccabe

$650

Michael Clarke

$2,400

Glyn Barkhuizen

$1,625

Michael Henare

$1,025

Kris Hickson

$650

Mike Delisser

$2,300

Christian Serne

$1,500

Bruce Anderson

$1,000

Graham Sabine

$600

Dan Stead

$2,225

Craig Johnson

$1,500

Chris Eldred

$1,000

Gavin Sticklen

$550

Jesper Noiesen

$2,200

Mike Weger

$1,500

John Fooks

$1,000

Ian Miller

$550

Bob Town

$2,100

Grant Boyle

$1,450

Tony Robinson

$1,000

James Munro

$550

Ross Murray

$2,050

Will Schloss

$1,450

Darryl Douglas

$900

Ray Sargent

$550

Mick Elsley

$2,030

Shaun Parkinson

$1,400

Gary Prerost

$900

Steve Moran

$550

Aaron Mogg

$2,025

Ian Galloway

$1,375

Jorg Vanhusen

$900

Jade Cornish

$525

Darryl Dimmick

$2,000

Anthony Thorpe

$1,300

Tony Evans

$900

Joshua Evans

$500

Zach Kronk

$2,000

Gary Percival

$1,300

Trent Butler

$900

Ben Scotman

$500

Barry Oxford

$1,900

Peter Morgan

$1,300

Todd Cormack

$875

Dale Mullins

$500

Marty Vanveghel

$1,802

Rodney Thorpe

$1,300

Greg Beattie

$870

Damien Norris

$500

Nicole Jovanovic

$1,800

Andrew Pullbrook

$1,250

Joel Norman

$870

Dave Hislop

$500

BASS EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BASS EARNINGS 2013 Dave Trinder

$500

Dexter Granada

$400

Lance Sulkowski

$300

Ward Ellwood

$250

David Mudd

$500

Eric Grell

$400

Michael Lanagan

$300

Freddie Sawyer

$200

Dion Walker

$500

Gavin Mckay

$400

Rod Studdert

$300

John Starkey

$200

Greg Munro

$500

Glen Stewart

$400

Steven Mcdonald

$300

Kevin Jones

$200

Ian Pfingst

$500

James Poolman

$400

Tony Thorley

$300

Ron Sattler

$200

Mark Mate

$500

Jayson Deforrest-Had$400 dleton

Richard Robson

$290

Billy Gibson

$150

Mick Mee

$500

John Cooper

$400

Eddy Studman

$252

Brock Duncan

$150

Miles Morgan

$500

Peter Fogarty

$400

Steve Starling

$252

Josh Kinghorne

$150

Murray Morgan

$500

Steve Bechly

$400

Bruce Morgenstern

$250

Luke Parsons

$150

Paul Fleming

$500

Steve Timperley

$400

Darren Borg

$250

Michael Fraser

$150

Peter Robinson

$500

Warren Morgenstern

$400

Gordon Macdonald

$250

Shaun Taylor

$150

Phil Roebuck

$500

Andrew Galloway

$375

Jack Dihm

$250

Steve Lowcock

$100

Tracy Johnson

$500

Joseph Urquhart

$350

Mark Bowman

$250

Dylan Glover

$50

Ron Jones

$450

Steve Davies

$350

Mick Clarke

$250

Steve Duff

$50

Anthony Thorpe

$425

Dave Hedges

$300

Dean Thompson

$425

David Hine

$300

Bruce Moss

$400

Errol Hardke

$300

Chris Gipps

$400

Jamie Hardman

$300

Craig Robertson

$400

Kim Bain

$300

BASS EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

TOTAL EARNINGS $793,233


BARRA

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arra was on the menu during the 2013 BARRA Tour with eager teams hitting the lakes of North Queensland for one of the most anticipated tours in many years. Featuring a new teams format anglers battled hard over three venues, with Peter Faust, Kinchant, and Teemburra Dams delivering different challenges and rewards. Craig Griffiths and Trent Short from Team EJ Todd stood out to claim the Team of Year Title on the back of their Teemburra round win, while Trent and Donovan Power dominated at Peter Faust and Matt McArthur and Ben Durkin reigned supreme in the big fish smackdown at Kinchant. Griffiths and Short cashed in the best of all the anglers on the tour, collectively adding $1600 to their BARRA earnings, while in total 18 different anglers cashed in on the tour. With a host of different anglers reaping the rewards on


If his 2014 BARRA Tour is as red-hot as his 2013 tour his dream may just be realised.

the tour. The BARRA Rankings saw quite a few movements and changes with AFC Series 10 debutant Daniel Grech finishing the year as the number one ranked BARRA Angler. Grech’s close friend Millard slipped from his number one spot last year to now sit in 2nd, while 2013 BARRA Tour hotshot Craig Griffiths has his sights set on the number one spot and has moved from 5th into 3rd. If his 2014 BARRA Tour is as red-hot as his 2013 tour his dream may just be realised. Other movers and shakers in the rankings include Trent (35th to 6th) and Donavon Power (23rd to 5th), while Peter Price (2nd to 4th) and Scott McAuley (4th to 9th) slipped down the list on the back of a quiet tour. For more information visit www.abt.org.au.

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BARRA ANGLER OF THE YEAR 2005 Gavin Dunne (457/500 pts) 2006 Kerrin Taylor (381/400 pts) 2007 Cy Taylor (366/400 pts) 2008 Cy Taylor (396/400 pts) 2009 Cy Taylor (397/400 pts) 2010 Kerrin Taylor (298/300 pts) 2011 Jon Millard (297/300 pts) 2012 Peter Price (297/300 pts) 2013 Craig Griffiths and Trent Short (295/300 pts) BARRA ANGLER OF THE YEAR NTH TOUR 2006 Kerrin Taylor (282/300 pts) 2007 Matt Coleman (277/300 pts) 2008 Jason Crofts (197/200 pts) 2009 Cy Taylor (200/200 pts) 2010 Jason Wilhelm (192/200 pts) 2011 Rob Wood (197/200 pts) 2012 Jon Millard (197/200) BARRA ANGLER OF THE YEAR STH TOUR 2006 Jason Medcalf (278/300 pts) 2007 Phil Strader (USA) (278/300 pts) 2008 Cy Taylor (297/300 pts) 2009 Jason Wilhelm (287/300 pts) 2010 Kerrin Taylor (298/300 pts) 2011 Peter Price (285/300 pts) 2012 Daniel Grech (198/200 pts) BIGGEST BARRA IN AN EVENT Peter Price (130cm), 2011 Peter Faust Evening Event BIGGEST BARRA AT EACH VENUE Tinaroo – Warren Adams (118cm), 2005. Faust – Peter Price (130cm), 2011. Teemburra – Rodney Collings (110cm), 2005. Awoonga – Jason Crofts (126cm), 2009. Monduran – Rick Napier (124cm), 2009.

BIGGEST BAG IN AN EVENT 5 Fish Limit – Daniel Grech (5/5, 583cm), Lake Awoonga, 2009. 10 Fish Limit – Jason Wilhelm (10/10, 1010cm), Lake Awoonga, 2009. Biggest Bag at each Venue Tinaroo – Kerrin Taylor (5/5, 363cm), 2006. Kerrin Taylor (6/10, 448cm), 2006. Faust – Kerrin Taylor (4/5, 405cm), 2006. Craig Griffiths (9/10, 866cm), 2011. Teemburra – Rodney Collings (5/5, 482cm), 2005. Cy Taylor (10/10, 732cm), 2009. Awoonga – Daniel Grech (5/5, 583cm), 2009. Jason Wilhelm (10/10, 1010cm), 2009. Monduran – Steve Kanowski (5/5, 411cm), 2006. John Schofield (6/10, 548cm), 2006. MOST BARRA EVENT WINS Cy Taylor (7) MOST BARRA IN AN EVENT 231 barramundi for 15,686cm between 64 anglers at Teemburra, 2009 (fish). 229 barramundi for 21,993cm between 58 anglers at Lake Awoonga, 2009 (length). MOST BARRA AT EACH VENUE Tinaroo – 20 barramundi for 1,598cm between 28 anglers, 2006. Faust – 124 barramundi for 7,885cm between 54 anglers, 2009. Teemburra – 231 barramundi for 15,686cm between 64 anglers, 2009. Awoonga – 229 barramundi for 21,993cm between 58 anglers, 2009. Monduran – 89 barramundi for 8,457cm between 86 anglers, 2009.

BARRA EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


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Daniel Grech

206

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Ken Elliot

87

39

Keegan Hayden

49

58

Cy Taylor

20

2

Jon Millard

200

21

Willem Reichard

87

40

Ashley Sims

46

59

Kerrin Taylor

19

3

Craig Griffiths

199

22

Elaine Sanderson

82

41

Georgette Elkins

46

60

Matthew Zahl

18

4

Peter Price

198

23

Shane Sanderson

74

42

Daryl Pead

40

61

Clayton Walker

16

5

Donovan Power

134

24

Matt McArthur

73

43

Greg Thomas

40

62

Clinton Honour

16

6

Trent Power

124

25

Aaron Dial

69

44

Jono Clark

40

63

Adrian Osborne

15

7

Colin Brett

119

26

Cameron Johnson

69

45

Steven Wright

39

64

Michael Webber

15

8

Michael Weick

119

27

Stephen Lill

68

46

Nathan Chapman

36

65

Ian Napier

14

9

Scott McAuley

119

28

Martin Brennan

66

47

Grant Murray

34

66

Maurie Napeier

14

10

Ben Durkin

113

29

Ryce Bullimore

66

48

Wayne Jones

34

67

Quintin Maclean

13

11

Karim De Ridder

113

30

Rex Berry

64

49

Ben Wilcox

33

68

John Schwerin

11

12

Luke Katsaros

111

31

Neil Wilson

56

50

Stephen Pill

32

69

Kyle Broeendale

11

13

Keith Stanford

110

32

Rob Wood

54

51

Matt McFarlane

26

70

Scott Hurle

11

14

Trent Short

105

33

Nicholas Moore

52

52

Shane Clarke

26

71

Todd Cormack

11

15

Brendon Barnett

103

34

Peter Behrens

52

53

Curtis Land

23

72

Darren Corr

10

16

Glen Smith

102

35

Phil Lyons

51

54

Glen Boys

23

73

Tamara Stanhope

10

17

Dustin Sippel

91

36

Tom Wood

51

55

Justin Land

23

74

Adrian Pegg

9

18

Geoff Newby

90

37

Daniel Hurt

49

56

Mark Lochwood

23

19

Rick Napier

89

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Jamie Bein

49

57

Jake Schwerin

21

BARRA EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BARRA EARNINGS Cy Taylor

$12,510

John Schofield

$1,500

Les Reibelt

$800

Craig Simmons

$500

Kerrin Taylor

$11,155

Phil Strader (USA)

$1,500

Rick Napier

$750

Issac Toivanen

$500

Jason Wilhem

$7,100

Carl Jocumsen

$1,400

Ken Elliot

$700

Katie Sanderson

$500

Scott McAuley

$5,025

Willem Reichard

$1,400

Nathan Ruth

$700

Matthew Murray

$500

Jon Millard

$3,930

Nigel Webster

$1,200

Paul McKay

$700

Michael Schneider

$500

Craig Griffiths

$3,500

Mike Connolly

$1,100

Spencer Troxell

$700

Phill Lyons

$500

Alan McNamara

$3,400

Rob Wood

$1,050

Tyson Robertson

$700

Steve Blaney

$500

Daniel Grech

$3,360

Darren Lewis

$1,000

Warren Adams

$700

Gavin Dunne

$450

Peter Price

$2,750

Donovan Power

$1,000

Gareth Dunwoodie

$600

Aaron Mogg

$400

Dean Silvester

$2,600

Harry Watson

$1,000

Jarrod Dalton

$600

Ben Durkin

$400

Simon Barkhuizen

$2,600

Trent Short

$1,000

Kevin Hulse

$600

Jason Medcalf

$400

Jason Crofts

$2,400

Chris Nagiello

$900

Rodney Collings

$600

Keegan Hayden

$400

Jake Schwerin

$2,150

Heath Craven

$900

Steve Kanowski

$600

Lance Richards

$400

Matt Coleman

$1,950

Lindsay Dobe

$900

Daryl Pead

$550

Matt McArthur

$400

Kris George

$1,900

Michael Starkey

$900

Nathan Champan

$550

Trevor Cassidy

$400

Jock McPherson

$1,750

Mike North (USA)

$900

Andy Thomson

$500

Ben Leighton

$350

Jason Ehrlich

$1,650

Trent Power

$900

Barry Collett

$500

Karrim De Ridder

$350

Matthew Mott

$1,600

Kerry Symes

$800

Ben Platten

$500

Len Schnieder

$350

BARRA EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS


BARRA EARNINGS Luke Katsaros

$350

Martin Brennan

$250

Steve Morgan

$200

Adam Meredith

$100

Brad O’Sullivan

$300

Colin Slade

$200

Steven Bechly

$200

Boyd Read

$100

Denny Howarth

$300

David Lange

$200

Aaron Dial

$150

Brendon Horner

$100

Elaine Sanderson

$300

Dennis Roughan

$200

Brad Lovern

$150

John Schwerin

$100

Ian Miller

$300

Glyn Barkhuizen

$200

David Powell

$150

Neville Gannon

$100

Jason Sizeland

$300

John Brider

$200

Dustin Sippel

$150

Stephen Cheng

$100

Michael Boehm

$300

Kerry Ehrlich

$200

Cameron Johnson

$150

Terry Alwood

$100

Rod Harrison

$300

Matt Fraser

$200

Graham Vallance

$150

Trevor Burgess

$100

Roderick Walmsley

$300

Matthew Wallace

$200

Paul Topp

$150

Mike Stewart

$50

Rodney Milkins

$300

Michael Weick

$200

Ryce Bullimore

$250

Paul Starkey

$200

Rex Berry

$250

Peter Bayliss

$200

BARRA EARNINGS, RANKINGS & RECORDS

TOTAL EARNINGS 118,130 $


2013 AFC ANGLER DATA BREAM

SERIES 10

Name: Kris Hickson Age: 27 years old AFC Appearances: Series 3, Series 4, Series 9 AFC Titles: 0 BREAM Earnings: $45,739 ABT Ranking: 3rd ABT Top 10s: 39

Name: Warren Carter Age: 46 years old AFC Appearances: Series 9 AFC Titles: 1 (Series 9 – Team Aerogard) BREAM Earnings: $36,021 ABT Ranking: 1st ABT Top 10s: 29 Name: Steve Gill Age: 34 years old AFC Appearances: Debut AFC Titles: 0 BREAM Earnings: $9,765 ABT Ranking: 6th ABT Top 10s: 10

Name: Shane Taylor Age: 30 years old AFC Appearances: Debut AFC Titles: 0 BREAM Earnings: $1,000 (ABT Kayak) ABT Ranking: 22nd ABT Top 10s: 1

Name: Russell Babekuhl Age: 25 years old AFC Appearances: Series7, Series 9 AFC Titles: 1 (Series 9 – Team Aerogard) BREAM Earnings: $54,286 ABT Ranking: 2nd ABT Top 10s: 36

Name: Heath Blaikie Age: 38 years old AFC Appearances: Debut AFC Titles: 0 BREAM Earnings: $0 ABT Ranking: 25th ABT Top 10s: 1


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2013 AFC ANGLER DATA BASS

SERIES 10

Name: Dean Silvester Age: 33 years old AFC Appearances: Debut AFC Titles: 0 BASS Earnings: $11,225 ABT Ranking: 2nd ABT Top 10s: 8

Name: Alan McNamara Age: 43 years old AFC Appearances: Series 7 (Barramundi) AFC Titles: 1 (Series 7 – Team Mercury) BASS Earnings: $5, 750 ABT Ranking: 9th ABT Top 10s: 7

Name: Daniel Clancy Age: 22 years old AFC Appearances: Series 9 AFC Titles: 1 (Series 9 – Team Aerogard) BASS Earnings: $9,925 ABT Ranking: 8th ABT Top 10s: 9 Name: Matthew Mott Age: 43 years old State: QLD AFC Appearances: Series 4, Series 5, Series 6, Series 7, Series 8, Series 9 AFC Titles: Series 5 (Team Mercury), Series 6 (Team Mercury), Series 7 (Team Mercury), Series 9 (Team Aerogard) BASS Earnings: $36,054 ABT Ranking: 3rd ABT Top 10s: 36

Name: Callum Munro Age: 20 years old AFC Appearances: Series 9 AFC Titles: 0 BASS Earnings: $13,127 ABT Ranking: 1st ABT Top 10s: 10

Name: Mark Lennox Age: 49 years old AFC Appearances: Debut AFC Titles: 0 BASS Earnings: $5,575 ABT Ranking: 4th ABT Top 10s: 7


2013 AFC ANGLER DATA BARRA

SERIES 10

Name: Jon Millard Age: 28 years old AFC Appearances: Debut AFC Titles: N/A BARRA Earnings: $3,930 ABT Ranking: 2nd ABT Top 10s: 11

Name: Scott Baker Age: 40 years old AFC Appearances: Debut AFC Titles: N/A BARRA Earnings: $0 ABT Ranking: N/A ABT Top 10s: 0

Name: Peter Price Age: 50 years old AFC Appearances: Debut AFC Titles: N/A BARRA Earnings: $2,750 ABT Ranking: 4th ABT Top 10s: 7

Name: Gary Clouse Age: 51 years old AFC Appearances: Debut AFC Titles: N/A BARRA Earnings: $0 ABT Ranking: N/A ABT Top 10s: 0

Name: Daniel Grech Age: 24 years old AFC Appearances: Debut AFC Titles: N/A BARRA Earnings: $3,360 ABT Ranking: 1st ABT Top 10s: 10

Name: Takayoshi Orimoto Age: 41 years old AFC Appearances: Debut AFC Titles: N/A BARRA Earnings: $0 ABT Ranking: N/A ABT Top 10s: 0


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MERCURY BONUS PROGRAM PAYOUTS

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