Sydney ATOMIC ROUND 4 OF THE 2016 HOBIE® KAYAK BREAM SERIES PRESENTED BY DAIWA
Sunday 20th March saw the numbers of the Sydney round doubled from the 2015 season, with 66 kayak anglers from New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria. Anglers blasted through the Power-Pole starting gates and out onto the head waters of the Georges River and the south western reaches of Botany Bay in the first “One Day Wonder” of the 2016 season.
27 anglers in Atomic round 4 hauled aboard full bags, which was four bream on the day. A total of 149 fish with a combined weight of 78.32kg were brought to the scales after a day of fishing, Tough conditions tested anglers kayak handling skills with strong winds and driving rain coming in around midday, adding an extra unpleasant condition which lasted until the end of the day.
Anglers were chasing the round win, a place in the Australian Championship, Angler of the Year and Rankings points as they headed to their preferred starting locations at 7am. The vast majority headed to Woolooware Bay with its oyster racks, mangrove, flats and derelict boat hulls. Others split in small numbers heading under the Captain Cook Bridge to fish boat hulls around a number of mooring sites and a small group headed into the edge of Botany Bay itself.
At the end of one of the toughest days on the water this season the Lowrance Leaderboard was headed by Brad Chin from Heathcote in New South Wales with an impressive 4 bream bag weighing 3.28kg, taking home $1100. Chin also picked up a bonus $100, taking out the Hogs Breath Cafe Boss Hog Big Bream (the biggest fish of the tournament), the Atomic monster weighed in at 1.43kg the heaviest bream caught at any round so far in 2016.
At the end of the day Chin held a 350g weight advantage over second place finisher Simon Morley, from Bulli in New South Wales, who bagged 4 bream for 2.93kg and round 3 winner Carl Dubois from Sydney continued a successful run of performances, netting a 4 bream bag at 2.86kg and third place, his second podium finish in the last two rounds of the series.
Chin’s ATOMIC EXPLOSION
Decked out in Atomic gear from head his Atomic fingertips it was a touch of irony that Chin blasted his way to win the Atomic round, his first time ever to compete in the bream series.
PLAN OF ATTACK.
Chin said that he went into the one day tournament with a well thought out game plan in mind.
“I was always going to fish Kogarah Bay, blading around the boat hulls and hitting their anchor blocks and using deep cranks along the edges.”
“I stuck to my plan and for most of the day and I was basically there by myself, I only ever saw a couple of other competitors. The plan worked well, but the wind today was a bit of a factor because I was using the Hobie MirageDrive the whole time when I was facing into the wind, casting into the bow of the boats and bringing the blades back. I couldn’t have done it without the MirageDrive.”
“When I moved from the boats, the edges I found today were pretty (bouldery) so I was throwing the hard body at them and slow rolling over the boulders waiting for the hit to come on.”
“I had a few mishaps during the day, my home made live well broke while I was out there. I overcame the problem by emptying out my drinking water bottle and continually topping up the water with it. It was a homemade live well and so now I’ve won, I’ve got myself a bit of money to buy myself a new Hobie Livewell XL…a proper one (laughs). Despite the draw backs I ended up getting some good fish so overall I had a cracker of a day.”
“I got back early because there were a couple of fish I was a bit worried about so I ended up standing out in the water for an hour and a half swimming a couple of fish in a net to keep them healthy. I was happy to see them swim away strongly after the weigh-in.”
“What a great event this was despite the weather, Hobie has the reputation of putting on great kayak events, and I mainly do boating events, but I reckon this would have to be one of the best events going around, a great production. I’ll definitely be having a go at a few more”
“If I get permission from my wife I might have a go at the Hobie Fishing Worlds rounds next year.”
“I think the Blade gave me the edge today. The Atomic blades are my go to lures and seem to work really well, especially in that Hay U colour, it’s definitely one of my favourites.”
- Line: Unitika Bream Super PE Jr 8lb
- Leader: Unitika Silver Thread FC 4lb
- Rod: Samurai Reaction RE181-70 7ft 3-6lb
- Reel: Shimano Stradic CI4 1000F
- Lure/s: Atomic Hardz Metalz 35 1/8oz – Hay U and Hardz Bream Crank 38 Double Deep – Ghost Brown Shad.
MORLEY MONSTERS HIS WAY TO SECOND
2015 Australian kayak Angler of the Year Simon Morley worked the magic that won him many podium finishes last year, landing him into the top three for the first time in the current series.
“I was pretty happy really with how I went today, I got a fair few fish. I caught 2 legal fish early and a lot of small fish and I jagged my big one about a quarter to nine, which was really good. It took a bit longer to get my fourth legal to fill my bag. From then on I slowly upgraded all day and overall I probably caught 10 legals and maybe 15 smaller fish”.
“From the start I headed straight over (from the event site) to the Woolooware oyster racks and I stayed there the whole day. I fished using a Daiwa Steez 2560 reel on 13 Fish Envy Black rods and I caught most of my fish on Atomic Hardz. That combination really worked for me today, just slow rolling the Atomic hardbodies”.
“The weather was fantastic (laughing) everybody loves a bit of rain, right? There was plenty of wind too, but I actually like the wind because it makes the fish feel safe and lets them come out and play a bit better. It can be a bit painful in heavy wind and because of it I had to keep pedaling non-stop all day. But I used the wind to my advantage and I think the fish were more interested when I threw low trajectory casts into the wind and worked it back slowly with the wind and waves. I reckon without that technique I wouldn’t have caught nearly as many fish”.
HOG’S BREATH CAFE, BOSS HOG BIG BREAM WINNER