Fishing your home water way is always exciting as you are aware of the potential; it also makes you second guess your game plan as there are so many options. However sometimes it all comes together for a great result as it did in the last round at South West Rocks where we came away with the win so the pressure was definitely on to perform.
Starting at the rear of the large oyster racks famously known to Forster locals as ‘The Paddocks’ , we concentrated our efforts on casting Heavy Cranka Crabs in cockle & brown as close to poles as possible. The keyto this technique is to ensure the crabs waft down in the eddies which are created behind the poles. This dramatically increases your chances of a hook-up as the tide in these areas really rips through.
Nothing builds confidence in your technique and calms the nerves more than getting a solid 33cm fork-length bream on the first cast. Now we knew what we were doing was what the bream wanted, we concentrated our efforts in similar areas and it paid quite nicely with another 33 and 34cm bream in the well, along with a few smaller models in no time at all. A few short moves in the racks after our first location yielded no great results so we stuck to our game plan to move to the lower section of the lake.
Arriving at our destination in the lake we were faced with conditions less than ideal for our game plan. We hoped for wind and the lack of it made the bite very slow. Our approach was to throw topwater lures and the clear glassed-out water conditions made it tough to get the fish to commit to the lure.
As the morning went on we made the most of the weather where we could notice cloud cover helping us but even that didn’t last. Plenty of moving around on the electric motor and changing lures frequently meant the fish we were coming across were seeing something different all the time, and it seemed to be working. Along with the wind starting to blow nicely, we started to upgrade our bag from 2.88 to 3.61kg.The fishing leading up to the event was that good we thought it would take a 4kg + bag to win, but with the conditions tough and the bite slow we were pretty happy with our bag as we headed back to the weigh-in.
Arriving back at the weigh-in, there was the normal chatter amongst anglers on how everyone did and to our surprise most seemed to have had a tough day also, but the scales always tell the truth and when it came to our turn to hit the stage we were very happy to take out the win with our 3.61kg bag.
Once again thanks to #Carpet Court,# Cranka Lures and #13 Fishing Australia
Racks: 13 Fishing Envy 6’10ML, Daiwa Luvias 2506, Varivas Sea Bass 8lb Braid, Sunline FC Rock 8lb leader.
Racks: 13 Fishing Omen 6’10ML, Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500, Sunline Super Pe 8lb, Sunline FC Rock 8lb leader.
Flats: 13 Fishing Envy 7’1L, Daiwa Luvias 2506, Varivas Sea Bass 8lb Braid, Sunline FC Rock 6lb leader.
Flats: 13 Fishing Envy 7’1L, Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 1000, Sunline Super Pe 6lb, Sunline FC Rock 6lb leader.
|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||CARPET COURT / CRANKA LURES||Mike||Nelson||Grant||Manusu||5||3.61||0.00||0||0.00||0.00||3.61||100|
|4||GAMAKATSU / SAMURAI 2||Wayne||Bale||Jeff||Brunsdon||5||3.05||0.00||0||0.00||0.00||3.05||97|
|7||BERKLEY/ABU GARCIA 2||Troy||Van kampen||Peter||Macor||5||2.83||0.88||0||0.00||0.00||2.83||94|
|9||BIG RIVER BATTERIES||Rick||Gough||Tony||Thorley||5||2.55||0.00||0||0.00||0.00||2.55||92|
|10||YEP,I’M ON FISHING||Adam||Maddalena||Amy||Maddalena||5||2.50||0.00||0||0.00||0.00||2.50||91|