BASS Nation 2016 Round 1 wrap up
Here is a quick break down of the first round of the 2016 BASS Nation series, from my side.
This will be short and sweet, i had several trips to the dam leading up to the event however had the misfortune of fuel troubles on the official pre fish day and never got to check out the dam and the prevailing conditions. A quick round trip to BNE with the help from the guys at Downes Marine and the fuel was quickly sorted out and i was back in time to hit the water for the first session.
Having not been to the dam inside the ban i only had the information that i had learned prior to black out. I quickly worked out the fish had moved somewhat and was then i the hunt for fish. sticking to my old addage no point fishing where the fish aint, i made a move to look for fish. it took till 8:30 before I found anything worth casting to. It took several lure changes before finally getting them to commit to a spoon in 25 feet of water. I managed to grab quick bag and an upgrade or two in the next 40 minutes as well as some undersize and the occasional yellowbelly. This was to be all that we found that session. A 2.3 bag had me in 9th position.
Thinking there would be some fish near the mornings location i headed straight there to have a look, after some 20 minutes of searching i realised they had cleared out. Moving across the deeper water i noticed the suspending fish in the river bed starting to group up, as we patrolled around some more i finally settled on what was some very exciting soundings. It took atleast 20 minutes to work out what lure and how they wanted it. We then settled in for some 40 to 50 fish for the remainder of the session. we only made the move each time they thinned out on the sounder and located them again. Plastics and spoons kept above the suspended fish was their undoing. with over 2.7kg i had snuck into second position.
Chasing down a lead of over 1.4kilos i knew i had a big task ahead of me, especially considering i had no morning spot. Or confidence technqe for the early bite, i didn't catch on to the high speed retreive of the plastics that the other guys were using. the bites i had on the plastics were subtle and far apart, i managed to hook one good fish in the first 20 minutes for it to only fall off less than ten seconds into the fight. That was it for almost an hour, i decided to go looking. I knew i had to fill a bag just to maintain a position in the top ten. Watching my sounder i drove around for what seemed like an eternity with no fish in the well looking for something to cast at. I found what looked like a good patch, pressed anchor on the electric and cast back over them, the lure didnt even get to sink. After a few more casts it looked as though the fish had moved on, again searching found another patch and the first cast paid off again. 3 times i managed to find fish and catch one on the first cast. After that they started to hang around start settling into their afternoon pattern. We managed a couple of more fish before having to drag myself back to the weigh in with a little under 2 kilos.
Can't complain with a 6/6 bag in a tough bite, and the 4th place is a great start to the season for points.
Gear Used for the event.
Rod: Dobyns Champion Extreme 703 spin
Reel: Quantum Smoke PTia 25 Spin
Line: Sunline EGI 0.8 PE
Leader: Sunline Sniper Camo Flourocarbon
Lure: Nories Spoon, Impact Tackle Jighead, Slider 3" paddle tail