Boondooma Dam B.A.S.S. Nation Update
This was the last of the BASS Qualifiers for the season to be held in QLD so it was important for me to have a good finish to be any chance in the AOY race. I spent more time practicing at Boondooma then i have at any other event throughout this season so far. I fished the dam on four separate occasions and every trip the fishing was slightly different due to receding water levels and changes in season. each time i cracked a pattern only to return the following trip to find out only half of what i had learned still worked.
Pre fish day:
The fishing had changed again slightly from my last visit to the dam with some of my key lures not even drawing a strike on the Friday. Most of the big fish i had my eye on were still in position on the Friday which was promising however a lot of my confidence weed bed locations had little to no weed and i failed to get any fish off them in the morning. Wanting to find a confidence lure for Session 1 i went to one of the patches of fished and played around until i was happy that the mask was going to be the lure of choice for this event. I only landed 4 fish on Friday but the average size was 45cm.
Went straight to the schooling fish early as i was away in 4th position, the fish just weren't there though. I spent an hour or so fishing and moving around the area before i decided i needed to move locations. The second spot had more fish showing but nothing like Friday, i managed to drop a big fish within ten minutes and about half an hour later dropped another. It was now about 9am and i still didn't have a fish in the well. I could see the fish and was changing around lures, i decided to stick to what i knew from Friday rather than what i thought i knew from previous trips and just grind it out till i had a limit. In the next 30 - 40 minutes i landed 6 or 7 fish with a total session limit of only 1.73kg putting me back in 13th place.
Started the session in 13th place, headed straight to the spot where i finished in the morning hoping that the fish would be more active in the afternoon. I hooked up and landed my first keeper on the first cast, the mask didn't even reach the bottom. Second cast had a similar result only the hooks pulled early in the fight. I almost had my limit in 2 casts, talk about lucky 13. The next 30 minutes turned into a slog with the stress of thinking that second fish was going to be needed. Fish started to come through on the sounder more and more until a flurry of good fishing that lasted around an hour with me landing the 3.21kg that i took to the weigh master. Knowing there was a weather change due in the morning i left my schooling fish to find an edge bite that i may have to call on for Sunday morning session. I had four hits in four casts and landed a small legal fish.