The 2nd Northern Round of the Gamakatsu Team Series has been run and won on an ever difficult Tweed River bite.
Practice: Only having visited the Tweed once before we decided to spend Friday and Saturday on the water to work out what the fish were doing and where the quality bites may come from. We fished everything we could find, Rock Walls, Natural banks upriver, bridge pylons, top water over shallow weed/rocky flats. Traveling far up the Tweed River itself and also up the Terranora arm Throwing the typical variety of Cranka Crabs, Grubs, Top waters and Cranks. What we discovered was the larger fish concentrated around deeper water structure mainly bridge pylons. After putting together a 3.15kg bag on the Friday we were happy that we were able to locate some better quality fish as Tweed is known for producing average bag in the 2 to 2.5kg range. However we were also concerned if our bridge pattern would hold out under the expected fishing pressure over the next 2 days.
Saturday exploration was a bit of a non event with 40-50km/h Southerly hammering against a strong run in tide creating huge pressure waves. We soldiered on for a few hours but called it quits happy we were probably not leaving any stones unturned.
Comp Day: Taking off 2nd we headed directly to the Highway bridge with an army of Cranka Crabs locked and loaded. Arriving at the bridge everything looked great, we started to get to work wafting Heavy Crabs in Cockle and Brown into the oyster encrusted pylons. This paid dividends as a few nice started to hit the deck. After these quick fish we were promptly visited by an additional 6 competitors, we now had 7 boats and only 6 pylons to go round. Under and other conditions this could lead to some tense moments however all competitors conducted themselves professionally and with etiquette, providing enough space for all to have cast.
Rotating through the array of pylons produced a bag quite quickly, as other competitors started to bug out we started switching up the Crab colours and also the angle in which the crabs approached the pylons. This was key to continue the bite for a little longer. After about an hour without any bites we decided to call it quits on the bridge, we figured the bream were shell shocked with the amount of lures thrown at them. We headed to the rocks wall near the Chinderah Pub a place we had found during prefish to hold a few better quality fish. 1st cast on a brown Heavy Crab we a nice 32 fork upgrade in the boat, we continued to drift the bank a few more times but each drift resulted in diminishing returns.
Heading back to weigh in with around 2.3kg we were not unhappy, however were convinced that it wouldn’t be enough even thought he Tweed is renowned for small limits.
Our official weight went 2.36kg which put us in 6th which we were very happy with considering. Congratulations team Heath and Winters with a massive Tweed bag of 3.6kg.
Bridge and Rocks Walls: 13 Fishing Envy 71L, Daiwa Luvias 2500, 6LB Varivas Sea Bass Braid, 6lb FC Rock Leader
Bridge and Rocks Walls: 13 Fishing Envy 71Lm Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000, 6LB Sunline Super PE, 6lb FC Rock Leader
Lures: Cranka Crab Heavy, Cockle, Brown, Olive, Muddy Fiddler, Fiddler, Glow.
Mike and Grant
|Position||Team Name||Angler 1 Firstname||Angler 1 Lastname||Angler 2 Firstname||Angler 2 Lastname||Day 1 QTY||Day 1 WGT||Day 1 BB||Day 2 QTY||Day 2 WGT||Day 2 BB||Total Weight||Event TOY|
|1||HEATH AND WINTERS||Taigan||Heath||Russell||Winters||5||3.60||0.00||0||0.00||0.00||3.60||100|
|2||BUSH N BEACH/GAMAKATSU||Chris||Britton||Lex||Irwin||5||3.14||0.87||0||0.00||0.00||3.14||99|
|5||BUSH N BEACH / ATOMIC||Ben||Collins||Anthony||Wishey||5||2.44||0.00||0||0.00||0.00||2.44||96|
|6||CARPET COURT / CRANKA LURES||Mike||Nelson||Grant||Manusu||5||2.36||0.00||0||0.00||0.00||2.36||95|
|8||ASHLEY BRYANT KITCHENS||Ashley||Brynt||Rob||Booker||5||2.24||0.00||0||0.00||0.00||2.24||93|
|15||JML ECOGEAR / LOWRANCE||James||Howarth||Jesse||Gough||5||1.58||0.00||0||0.00||0.00||1.58||86|
|18||GAMAKATSU / MEGABASS||Michael||Starkey||Joe||Allan||4||1.22||0.00||0||0.00||0.00||1.22||83|