BASS Nation 2016 Rnd 2 Glenbawn Dam
Round 2 of the 2016 BASS Nation series had us heading to Glenbawn dam in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW. Typical of a February Glenbawn bite saw most of the anglers targetting deep fish, for those who havent fished this bite before i mean deep as in from 50 feet through to depths in excess of 90 feet. The fish can be suspended anywhere from 30 feet deep all the way to the bottom. The key being to locate the deeper active fish in order to get the bite.
As is typical with most bass tournaments the weather on the pre fish day was considerably different to that of the event. Friday was a hot still day and the deep bite was predictable and somewhat easy, there were bass located through most of the dam and more than half of them would bite on the first or second drop. I managed enough fish to be confident and then went to the banks to try to find something different. I located a few submereged weed beds that had fish all hanging on the outer edge, I was throwing the new Jackall Derabreak chatterbait and at one point could literally catch a fish a cast, however struggled to get anything much more than 30cm.
After my edge bite re fish i decided to go straight for the deep fish and get an early bite before the weather change had any affect on them. This plan paid off as I was upgrading my bag withing the first 30 minutes, as the bite slowed down i decided to go searching for some different areas to perhaps help out my afternoon session. I drew a blank in most of the spots and towards the end of the session came back down the front of the dam to hit the deep fish for a further two small upgrades. I had a full limit in what was looking like a tough bite so i was happy.
2/2 for 1.97 putting me in 10th Place.
This session was always going to be tough, not having any confidence in anything other than the deep gulp presentation i decided best to start there. The first drop of the lure resulted in a follow and eventual hook up with an average sized Bass, i vented the fish and sorted out the livewell ensuring everything including the fish was happy and going as it should. The next drop of the lure was taken on the fall and had drag peeling off heading for the bottom, as the fish neared the timber the hoks pulled. Even though that was only the second time my gulp had been in the water i had a bad feeling htat was it. I wasn't far wrong, the next 4.5 hours was some of the hardest fishing i have ever had to endure, i had three other fish take the plastic on the drop and all failed to hook up properly. Failing to fill my limit was going to cost me.
1/2 for 0.79 kept me in 9th place.
I couldn't win from this position but i had to ensure i bagged a limit if i was a chance to remain in the top ten. Knowing what i know now i would have moved around a bit more this session but hindisght is a wonderful thing. I deceided this session to maximise the time i had and only stick to the one area and move around it with the electric motor to locate fresh fish each time. I managed 5 bites for the session and only had the two fish commit.
2/2 for 1.8 landing me in 7th place overall.
I utilised the anchor function on my GPSmart Electric motor to hold over the fish so I could concentrate on the slow retreive requied to get these fish to bite. I have two Lowrance Gen 3 sounders in my boat that are networked and this allows me to switch betwen transducers depending on which end of the boat i wish to fish from, I was easily able to see my 1/4 ounce jighead in 80 feet of water and also interpret the mood of the bass to decide whether to stay or go.
Rod: NS Blackhole 702
Reel: Quantum Smoke PTi 15
Line: Sunline EGI 0.8 PE
Leader: Sunline Shooter 5lb
Lure: PML 1/4oz black Jighead, rigged with a Berkley 3" Minnow grub in black