Sunline St Clair B.A.S.S. Nation update

Pre- fish

I knew from the start that i would need to travel to St Clair to get an understanding on what was happening prior to the event, i haven't fished the lake for over two years and haven't fished it in July for three years. I had two four day breaks before the ban started so i made the 23 hour return trip twice just so i felt comfortable with what was in front of us.

Friday

The lake had risen a few feet since my last visit and the water was cloudy compared to what it had been, plan was to hit some spots in the Fallbrook early to tempt some bigger fish then check out my bag filling spots as the day progressed. I caught good fish within the first few casts in all three of my spots using a surface lure or a jerk bait depending on water depth. So i left each position almost as quick as i arrived there so as not to put any unnecessary pressure on those fish. I spent the rest of the morning checking out the weed edges for spots that held consistent fish during the heat of the day. I found i could easily catch fish on ice jigs in the schools up the Fallbrook arm however they were struggling to make it past legal length. I knew then i would have to stick to throwing plastics to the weed to be competitive.

Session 1

I made the trek up the Fallbrook arm to my surface areas and managed three fish in the first hour with one good bass among them. I then moved to my jerk bait spot that i was overly confident would work and it failed to produce a bite, not sure if it was all the extra boat waves from travelling up or if it had simply had too much pressure through out the day on Friday. So i was two hours into session one and i already had to look for another plan. In the pre-fish leading up i had caught good fish jerk baiting in the Carrowbrook arm but not big numbers. Went there to check it out and managed an upgrade first cast, fished the remainder of that bank for not another bite. Decided i would pre-fish for the afternoon session with the 35 minutes that we had remaining. I found a good patch of fish still holding from Friday and caught 3 before the time was up. I weighed 1.7kg putting me in 6th place

Session 2

The afternoon was always going to be hard with the prime bite time being well after we have finished the weigh in. I went straight to the area i finished in session 1, i missed a fish first cast and had one on the 3rd throw, shortly after that i had my second fish. The fish weren't big but they were legal and fat, i continued along this edge with the next fish being around the 800 mark i thought i could possibly get two of those if i persisted. After two laps and possibly 9 fish i had two 800 gram fish which i knew would keep me in the running however i needed the upgrade. i moved to a slightly weedier location hoping that i could rip a jerk bait through and get that bigger bite. Less than 10 minutes in and i had that kicker i was chasing. Although the bag wasn't massive i felt necessary to leave the area alone in the hope that i could use these fish for Sunday morning. I weighed 2.0kg putting me in 2nd place

Session 3

The thought never entered my mind that i was sitting in 2nd place my only concern was that Terry, Langford, Cone were all in the top group capable of running me down in the AOY race. After much deliberation and sleepless night i decided i needed to go for the upgrade fish first and then chase the bag fillers at the end if i was struggling. What a morning!

7:20am pulled hooks on good fish

7:30am pulled hooks on second fish

7:35am dropped a 3rd bass

7:40am dragged into the weed by a bass

8:15am finally pulled that fish to the boat for keeper #1

8:50am Caught a small legal bass

9:20am pulled the hooks on another good bass

9:50am decided to move to bag filling spot

10:10am first upgrade of the morning

10:20am second upgrade

10:50am time to head back

I weighed 1.4kg putting me in 3rd place ,a great finish for me considering the morning almost broke me.

The goal was never to win this tournament however just be competitive enough to hold onto the AOY title, but with the top guys still in the top 5 meant i almost needed to win just to stay on top. Great effort from everyone on the weekend highlighting just how strong this field really is. A massive thank you to my non boaters on the weekend particularly Steve Muldoon for spending 30 minutes minimum to get that bass out of the weed.

Gear Box Plastics

Rod: NS Blackhole Ones MS-702L

Reel: Quantum Smoke PTia 25

Line: Sunline PE EGI ULT 12lb

Leader: Sunline FC Sniper invisible 6lb

Lure: Keitech Easy shiner 2" on 1/4oz jighead

Gear Box Jerkbaits

Rod: NS Blackhole Medusa

Reel: Quantum Speedfreak 25

Line: Sunline PE EGI ULT 12lb

Leader: Sunline FC Sniper invisible 6lb

Lure: Jackall Squirrel 61

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