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February 25 – 26, 2017. Bemm River

The Hobie Fishing Bream Series returns to Bemm River in Victoria, an undisputed favourite on the Hobie Calendar for what is set to be a dynamite weekend of fishing!

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1Tony PettieVICO33.2632.2665.52$2680.00 plus Sponsors prize packs
2Clark WilsonVICO32.732.4765.17$1390.00 plus Sponsors prize packs
3Paul MalovVICO32.5532.3964.94$900.00 plus Sponsors prize packs
4Joel CrosbieVicO32.9531.9464.89$420.00 plus Sponsors prize packs
5Dylan HennessVICO32.1732.6664.83$350.00 plus Sponsors prize packs
6David Ayton*VICO32.632.2364.83$310.00
7Richard BensonNSWO32.3732.4464.81$280.00
8Chris BurbidgeVICO32.2132.4764.68$240.00
9Josh KlimasNswO32.4932.1264.61$210.00
10Chesney FungVICO31.9332.6664.59$170.00
11David ShanahanVICO32.631.9564.55
12Paul DavidsonVICO32.3432.1964.53
13Jon ClisbyVICO32.1432.3564.49
14Corey GallagherVICO32.0632.4264.48
15Steven PrykeVICY32.1632.2764.43
16Richard SomertonVICO32.0932.3264.41
17Jayden DihoodVicY32.8231.5464.36
18Richard PattersonVicO32.2732.0464.31
19Alex FranchukVICO32.0932.2164.3
20Bruce RollinsVICO32.1132.1564.26
21Simon MorleyNSWO31.7332.5264.25
22Dale BaxterVICO32.0232.2264.24
23Jonathan ChenACTO31.5432.6464.18
24Jason DeenenVICO31.9232.2364.15
25John WhelanNSWGM32.2531.8964.14
26Michelle CarmodyNSWW31.9432.1864.12
27Lex CourtNSWO32.1132.0164.12
28Lindsay PrykeVICO31.9932.0964.08
29Glenn AllenNSWO21.8132.1954
30Mitch KingVICO31.7132.2763.98
31Brian HuntNSWO32.1331.8263.95
32Christopher PurnellNSWO31.7932.1363.92
33Warren AllenNSWO32.0331.8863.91
34Brendan PieschelNSWO32.2431.6563.89
35Doug BakerNSWO32.3431.5363.87
36Kane TerryNSWO31.7432.1363.87
37Steve MorganQLDO32.2131.6563.86
38Tim OlsenACTO32.0731.7863.85
39Stephen MajeraVICO31.931.9263.82
40Matt PetrieVICO31.7432.0663.8
41Ben ThompsonVICO32.0421.7353.77
42Jack GammieNSWY32.0531.763.75
43Byron HillNSWO31.4832.1863.66
44Matthew StanleyVICFTC31.6631.9563.61
45Darryl HeadNSWO31.5132.0463.55
46Mark CribbesVICO31.4931.9763.46
47Kevin BoeseNSWO31.7131.7563.46
48Dean GambleVICO31.6131.8463.45
49Arthur AmiesNSWO31.6831.7563.43
50Photi KaoullasVICO31.931.4663.36
51James KilpatrickNSWO32.2121.1453.35
52Geoff AlfordACTO31.7831.5763.35
53Nick MaceVICO32.4610.8743.33
54Rick MassieVICO10.8632.4243.28
55Scott LovigVICO31.6931.5463.23
56Michelle GambleVICW31.4931.6963.18
57Alex WhiteheadSAO32.2610.8743.13
58Andrew TaylorNSWO31.5231.5663.08
59Tom McBrideACTO31.5321.5153.04
60David HedgeNSWO31.4331.5262.95
61Lex ForbesVICM21.5521.3942.94
62Ben HarrisonSAO32.1910.7442.93
63Paul WhiteheadSAM21.1931.7152.9
64Greg RigbyNSWO31.5331.3562.88
65Darrin HaywoodNSWO32.2810.4642.74
66Neil CarstairsVICO20.9631.7652.72
67Paul DunlopNSWO32.1410.5542.69
68Paul HardimanACTO32.5232.52
69Kayle RattenburyNSWY10.5531.9442.49
70Chris LyonsVICO31.5620.952.46
71Gordon GammieNSWO21.3221.0542.37
72Peter WhelanVICO31.9110.4542.36
73Tameika PurnellNSWW10.8231.5142.33
74Carl DuboisNSWO31.8710.442.27
75Thomas ReberVICFTC10.531.7342.23
76Phillip HamiltonNSWO20.9921.1942.18
77Jordan SantosVICO21.220.9642.16
78Jason ReidNSWO21.2320.8742.1
79Scott CarmodyACTO21.2210.5531.77
80Shane HahesyNSWO31.6531.65
81Ralph ErikssonNSWO10.5821.0331.61
82Sean HillNSWO31.2631.26
83Amy BarrieNSWW10.5110.721.21
84Jason ChildsNSWO20.9420.94
85Shane TaylorNSWO10.8710.87
86Mark VickersNSWFTC10.710.7
87Alex BurfordVICO10.6310.63
88Tony CurwenVICM10.5410.54
89Bogdan ZisuVICO0
89Glenn SheldonVICO0
89Chriss AposVICO0
89Andrew VideonSAO0
89Gary HansonVICM0
DQ D2Neil HutchinsSAO-0.75-0.75
* David Ayton Time Penalty-0.5
Atomic Big Bream $100.00
Ben ThompsonVIC1.24
Mortgage Corp Monster Mover
Paul HardimanACT32.52
Division Winners
GMJohn WhelanNSW32.2531.8964.41
MLex ForbesVIC21.5521.3942.94
WMichelle CarmodyNSW31.9432.1864.12
YSteven PrykeVIC32.1632.2764.43
FTCMatthew StanleyVIC31.6631.9563.61

Day One Results

PlaceAnglerStateDivisionF1W1Total Day 1
1Tony PettieVICO3.003.263.26
2Joel CrosbieVICO3.002.952.95
3Jayden DihoodVICY3.002.822.82
4Clark WilsonVICO3.002.702.70
5David ShanahanVICO3.002.602.60
5David AytonVICO3.002.602.60
7Paul MalovVICO3.002.552.55
8Josh KlimasNSWO3.002.492.49
9Nick MaceVICO3.002.462.46
10Richard BensonNSWO3.002.372.37
11Doug BakerNSWO3.002.342.34
11Paul DavidsonVICO3.002.342.34
13Darrin HaywoodNSWO3.002.282.28
14Richard PattersonVICO3.002.272.27
15Alex WhiteheadSAO3.002.262.26
16John WhelanNSWGM3.002.252.25
17Brendan PieschelNSWO3.002.242.24
18James KilpatrickNSWO3.002.212.21
18Chris BurbidgeVICO3.002.212.21
18Steve MorganQLDO3.002.212.21
21Ben HarrisonSAO3.002.192.19
22Dylan HennessVICO3.002.172.17
23Steven PrykeVICY3.002.162.16
24Paul DunlopNSWO3.002.142.14
24Jon ClisbyVICO3.002.142.14
26Brian HuntNSWO3.002.132.13
27Bruce RollinsVICO3.002.112.11
27Lex CourtNSWO3.002.112.11
29Richard SomertonVICO3.002.092.09
29Alex FranchukVICO3.002.092.09
31Tim OlsenACTO3.002.072.07
32Corey GallagherVICO3.002.062.06
33Jack GammieNSWY3.002.052.05
34Ben ThompsonVICO3.002.042.04
35Warren AllenNSWO3.002.032.03
36Dale BaxterVICO3.002.022.02
37Lindsay PrykeVICO3.001.991.99
38Michelle CarmodyNSWW3.001.941.94
39Chesney FungVICO3.001.931.93
40Jason DeenenVICO3.001.921.92
41Peter WhelanVICO3.001.911.91
42Photi KaoullasVICO3.001.901.90
42Stephen MajeraVICO3.001.901.90
44Carl DuboisNSWO3.001.871.87
45Glenn AllenNSWO2.001.811.81
46Christopher PurnellNSWO3.001.791.79
47Geoff AlfordACTO3.001.781.78
48Matt PetrieVICO3.001.741.74
48Kane TerryNSWO3.001.741.74
50Simon MorleyNSWO3.001.731.73
51Mitch KingVICO3.001.711.71
51Kevin BoeseNSWO3.001.711.71
53Scott LovigVICO3.001.691.69
54Arthur AmiesNSWO3.001.681.68
55Matthew StanleyVICFTC3.001.661.66
56Shane HahesyNSWO3.001.651.65
57Dean GambleVICO3.001.611.61
58Chris LyonsVICO3.001.561.56
59Lex ForbesVICM2.001.551.55
60Jonathan ChenACTO3.001.541.54
61Tom McBrideACTO3.001.531.53
61Greg RigbyNSWO3.001.531.53
63Andrew TaylorNSWO3.001.521.52
64Darryl HeadNSWO3.001.511.51
65Mark CribbesVICO3.001.491.49
65Michelle GambleVICW3.001.491.49
67Byron HillNSWO3.001.481.48
68David HedgeNSWO3.001.431.43
69Gordon GammieNSWO2.001.321.32
70Sean HillNSWO3.001.261.26
71Jason ReidNSWO2.001.231.23
72Scott CarmodyACTO2.001.221.22
73Jordan SantosVICO2.001.201.20
74Paul WhitheadSAM2.001.191.19
75Phillip HamiltonNSWO2.000.990.99
76Neil CarstairsVICO2.000.960.96
77Jason ChildsNSWO2.000.940.94
78Shane TaylorNSWO1.000.870.87
79Rick MassieVICO1.000.860.86
80Tameika PurnellNSWW1.000.820.82
81Alex BurfordVICO1.000.630.63
82Ralph ErikssonNSWO1.000.580.58
83Kayle RattenburyNSWY1.000.550.55
84Tony CurwenVICM1.000.540.54
85Amy BarrieNSWW1.000.510.51
86Thomas ReberVICFTC1.000.500.50
87Bogdan ZisuVICO0.00
87Glenn SheldonVICO0.00
87Mark VickersNSWFTC0.00
87Paul HardimanACTO0.00
87Chriss AposVICO0.00
87Neil HutchinsSAO0.00
87Andrew VideonSAO0.00
87Gary HansonVICM0.00
Big Bream
1.16Tony PettieVIC
GMJohn WhelanNSW32.252.25
MLex ForbesVIC21.551.55
WMichelle CarmodyNSW31.941.94
YJayden DihoodVIC32.822.82
FTCMatthew StanleyVIC31.661.66


94 anglers competed in Atomic round two of Hobie® Kayak Bream Series 9, at iconic Bemm River in Victoria over the February 25-26 weekend.

Bemm River was closed off at the mouth causing the water level in the inlet to be substantially higher than it has been in past series, allowing easy access to areas, such as Mud Lake and the nearly always inaccessible Swan Lake. The “Big Blacks” were abundant across the system and full bags were a common occurrence. On day one 67 anglers brought back to the Atomic Launch Site full bags of 3 fish, with 86 anglers bringing back legal bream to the weigh-in. The field was led by Tony Pettie with 3 fish at 3.36kg, followed by Joel Crosbie with 3 fish at 2.95kg and Jayden Dihood with 3 fish weighing 2.82kg.

Anglers were greeted with fair weather at the Power-Pole Starting Line on day two and most reports from across the Pro Lure Arena, were that the bite was as good, or better than day one. After a tough weekend of fishing in the series opener at Marlo, anglers were extremely happy competing at a location where fish were abundant and interested in presentations across the waterway.  Day two saw 63 full bags brought back to the Strike Pro Weigh-in, with 165 fish weighing 143.5kg.

  • Total double full Bags : 55
  • Total fish caught: 446
  • Total Weight: 296.86kg

Pettie Powers to the Top

On day one Tony Pettie had an excellent day on the water and came back to shore with what turned out to be the leading bag of fish, and the biggest single bag caught during the event, with 3 fish for 3.26 kg. He was also holding the biggest fish of the day, weighing in at 1.16kg, and in the lead for the Atomic Big Bream cash prize which is awarded at the close of day two.

Pettie gave us a brief outline of how he managed to bring home some huge fish and two great bags to win Atomic round two of the series.

“On day one I fished down near Mud Lake on the shallow flats down there. I was using a 50 Twitch in crystal prawn, and I got three fish pretty quickly and I thought, ‘Well that’s not too bad’ so I decided to go and look for some spots for day two.”

“I hit a few banks and got a few decent fish, so I went back towards the entrance and I fished there for a while. From there I went back to Mud Lake and got another good fish. Late in the day, I started heading back to the weigh-in site and got another upgrade near the mouth of the river.”

The bag gave Pettie a lead of 310g over day one second place finisher, Joel Crosbie with three fish for 2.95kg.

Pettie continued, “On day two the wind changed direction and that made it really hard on the flat that I wanted to fish because there was no wind on it.  I stuck at it for about an hour and a half without much luck and then decided, because the water was clear, I would go to deeper water. I started blading with Hurricane vibes, a nitro axe and a camo crab, and I slowly started picking up fish, turning them over and ending up with the final bag that won me the tournament.”

Pettie ended up with 6 fish for 5.52kg and a winning lead over Clark Wilson from Victoria of 350g. He took home a sponsor prize pack valued at over $400 and a cash prize payout of $2680. After two rounds completed in the series and with a first place, at Bemm River, and a second place at Marlo, Pettie is currently leading the Angler of the Year (AOY) point score for 2017.

  • Rod: Hurricane 69R Light Series
  • Reel: Daiwa Freams 2500
  • Line: 8lb Sunline
  • Leader: 5lb FC Rock
  • Lure: Hurricane vibe and Ecogear VX blade

Wilson Wrangles Second

On day one Clark Wilson from Victoria, came back to the Strike Pro weigh-in with a 2.7kg bag that had him sitting in a comfortable fourth place overall at the close of the day.

Wilson gave us a brief outline of how his tournament progressed.

“On Saturday I started off around the corner (from the starting line) on Bob’s Bay and fished 3 to 4’ of water with soft plastics and had a bag by, probably 7:20am. I then moved out into deeper water and threw soft plastics and blades all day, and just kept upgrading at probably 100 grams at a time, and ended up with 2.7kg.”

“Then on day two I did the same thing at the start, I went into Bob’s in the morning. It took me a little longer (than day one) to get a bag, probably an hour to an hour and a half.  Then I did the same thing again, as I did on day one, I went out and battled the wind and fished blades in 6 to 8’ of water and I just kept getting fish all day.”

Wilson brought home a 2.47kg bag with a weekend total of 6 fish for 5.17kg, big enough to take out the second place, cash payout of $1390 and a sponsor prize pack valued at over $350. Day one second placed angler Joel Crosbie’s day two bag of 1.94kg gave him a two day, total of 4.89kg and dropped him back to fourth with Paul Malov, who had been sitting back in seventh place, jumping ahead of Crosbie by a mere 50g to take the final spot on the podium.

  • Rod: Lox Yoshi-LS7023
  • Reel: Daiwa Luvias
  • Line: 4lb Berkley Fireline
  • Leader: 4lb Yamatoyo
  • Lure: Hurricane vibe and Ecogear VX blade

Atomic Big Bream

The overall 41st placed finisher, Ben Thompson from Victoria, won the Atomic Big Bream $100 prize purse for the largest bream caught over the two days of Atomic round 2. Ben’s fish was hauled aboard his Hobie kayak at the river mouth and weighed a solid 1.24kg.

  • Rod: Miller GrubFreak
  • Reel: Daiwa Ignis 2508
  • Line: 6lb
  • Leader: 6lb Sunline FC
  • Lure: ZMan Grubz in Pumpkinseed

Division Winners

Womens: Michelle Carmody, New South Wales, 6 fish for 4.12kg
Youth: Steven Pryke, Victoria, 6 fish for 4.43kg
Masters: Lex Forbes, Victoria, 4 fish for 2.94
Grand Masters: John Whelan, New South Wales, 6 fish for 4.41kg
The highest placed First Time Competitor was Matthew Stanley from Victoria with 6 fish for 3.61kg

Mortgage Corp Monster Mover

The Mortgage Corp Monster Mover, picnic hamper and backpack, went to Paul Hardiman from Victoria who moved up from no fish and equal 87th place on the Rhino-Rack Leaderboard, at the close of day one, finishing in 68th with a 3 fish bag of 2.52kg.

Coming Up in March

On March 25-26, Hobie Kayak Bream Series 9 returns to Mallacoota in Victoria, for Mortgage Corp round two. Everyone loves the magic of Mallacoota, it’s going to be massive!

Special Thanks

The 2017 Atomic round of Hobie Kayak Bream Series 9 could not have gone ahead without the generous sponsors who are supporting Hobie Fishing to present the premier kayak fishing series in Australia, Daiwa Australia, Berkley, Atomic, Lowrance, Rhino-Rack, Strike Pro, TT Lures, JML Anglers Alliance, Power-Pole, Mortgage Corp,Pro Lure, Hobie Polarized and ABT.

Thank you to all anglers for your interest, participation and support of Hobie Kayak Bream Series 9, because in the end these tournaments are all about you. See you all at Mallacoota.


A total of 86 anglers, from an impressive field of 94 competitors, came back to shore with fish, at the completion of day one of the Atomic round two of Hobie Bream Series 9 presented by Daiwa. The tournament is being held at the iconic bream fishery of Bemm River, in East Gippsland, Victoria and has attracted anglers from Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

The entrance to the Sydenham Inlet, the outflow for Bemm River is currently closed and there is a back up of non-tidal water, which has made the inlet unusually deep. The closure hasn’t affected the quality of fishing, which was has remained good across the system with a total of 67 anglers catching their full bag of three legal fish, with many upgrading to bigger fish throughout the day. An excellent total of 228 fish were brought back to the live weigh-in, weighing a total of 155.54kg. All of that massive catch, were released live, to freely swim away back into the local marine environment.

Day One leader is Victorian Tony Pettie with a 3 fish bag weighing in at 3.26kg. Holding second place is Joel Crosbie from Victoria with 3 bream for 2.95kg and also from Victoria in third place is Jayden Dihood from Victoria with a 3 fish bag of 2.82kg. Tony Pettie, who bagged the biggest bream of the day weighing 1.16kg is currently leading the Atomic Big Bream for the round. The Womens Division is headed by Michelle Carmody with 3 for 1.94kg, the Youth Division is headed by Jayden Dihood with 3 for 2.82 and the Masters Division is led by Lex Forbes with 2 for 1.55kg.

Conditions should remain reasonably stable tomorrow and anglers will register at 6:00am for a 6:30am briefing, when the tournament director will announce the start and finishing times for the day. Around 4pm tomorrow we will know the winner of Atomic round 2 of this amazing national Hobie fishing series, which has been running since 2009.

Important Rule Changes for 2017

Livewells shall have a minimum capacity of 23L with a functioning, battery operated, intake pump. Livewells smaller than 23L in capacity will result in disqualification. Please familiarise yourself with the updated 2017 Hobie Bream Series Rules prior to entering.

2017 Hobie Bream Series Rules

Information Sheet


Early Entries Close at midnight AEDT on 17/02/2017.

  • Early Entry: $100.00
  • Late Entry: $140.00

February 25 – 26, 2017.


Bemm River foreshore, Sydenham Parade, Bemm River.

No Fishing

Monday 13th February up to and including Thursday 23rd February.

No Go Zones

Crossing of the bar at Sydenham Inlet.

Registration Times

Day 1 6:00am.

Day 2 Registration time will be announced at briefing.

Briefing Times

Day 1 6:30am.

Day 2 Briefing time will be announced at briefing.

Session Times

Day 1 7:00am – 2:30pm.

Day 2 Session time will be announced at briefing.

Briefing, Launch And Weigh-in Location

Bemm River foreshore, Sydenham Parade, Bemm River.

Official Accommodation

Bemm River Hotel
3 Sydenham Parade, Bemm River VIC 3889
(03) 5158 4241

Dealer Support

Hobie Cat Australasia

More Information

Entry List

1Sean HillNSWOpen
2Lex CourtNSWOpenView Profile
3Neil CarstairsVICOpenView Profile
4Geoff AlfordACTOpenView Profile
5Gary HansonVICOpenMastersView Profile
6Dale BaxterVICOpenView Profile
7Simon MorleyNSWOpenView Profile
8Tim OlsenACTOpen
9Paul WhiteheadSAOpenMastersView Profile
10Jason ReidNSWOpenView Profile
11Shane TaylorNSWOpenView Profile
12Steve MorganQLDOpen
13Andrew VideonSAOpen
14Rick MassieVICOpenView Profile
15Michelle CarmodyNSWOpenWomen
16Darrin HaywoodNSWOpen
17Alex WhiteheadSAOpen
18Michelle GambleVICOpenWomen
19Dean GambleVICOpen
20Ralph ErikssonNSWOpen
21Bruce RollinsVICOpen
22Alex FranchukVICOpenView Profile
23Jonathan ChenACTOpenView Profile
24Ben HarrisonSAOpenView Profile
25Neil HutchinsSAOpenView Profile
26Tony CurwenVICOpenMastersView Profile
27Paul MalovVICOpenView Profile
28Chriss AposVICOpenView Profile
29Corey GallagherVICOpenView Profile
30Mark CribbesVICOpen
31Jordan SantosVICOpen
32Darryl HeadNSWOpenView Profile
33Aussie AmiesNSWOpen
34Chris BurbidgeVICOpenView Profile
35Stephen MajeraVICOpen
36David AytonVICOpenView Profile
37Lex ForbesVICOpenMasters
38Kane TerryNSWOpenView Profile
39Kevin BoeseNSWOpen
40Shane HahesyNSWOpen
41Byron HillNSWOpenView Profile
42Dave HedgeNSWOpenView Profile
43Tony PettieVICOpenView Profile
44Paul HardimanACTOpen
45Phillip HamiltonNSWOpen
46Chris LyonsVICOpenView Profile
47Clark WilsonVICOpenView Profile
48Photi KaoullasVICOpenYouth
49Paul DavidsonVICOpenView Profile
50John WhelanNSWOpenGrand Masters
51David ShanahanVICOpen
52Mark VickersNSWFirst Time Entry
53Thomas ReberVICFirst Time EntryView Profile
54Jack GammieNSWOpenYouth
55Gordon GammieNSWOpenView Profile
56Matt PetrieVICOpenView Profile
57Richard BensonNSWOpen
58Doug BakerNSWOpenView Profile
59Steven PrykeVICOpenYouthView Profile
60Lindsay PrykeVICOpenView Profile
61Nick MaceVICOpenView Profile
62Brian HuntNSWOpenView Profile
63Carl DuboisNSWOpenView Profile
64Peter WhelanVICOpenView Profile
65Glenn AllenNSWOpenView Profile
66Warren AllenNSWOpenView Profile
67Jason DeenenVICOpenView Profile
68Greg RigbyNSWOpenView Profile
69Matthew StanleyVICFirst Time Entry
70Brendan PieschelNSWOpen
71Amy BarrieNSWOpenWomens
72Scott CarmodyACTOpenView Profile
73James KilpatrickNSWOpenView Profile
74Dylan HennessVICOpen
75Jon ClisbyVICOpenView Profile
76Chesney FungVICOpenView Profile
77Ben ThompsonVICOpen
78Jason ChildsNSWOpenView Profile
79Joel CrosbieVICOpenView Profile
80Josh KlimasNSWOpenView Profile
81Richard PattersonVICOpen
82Mitch KingVICOpenView Profile
83Alex BurfordVICOpen
84Tameika PurnellNSWOpenWomens
85Chris PurnellNSWOpen
86Kayle RattenburyNSWOpenYouth
87Paul DunlopNSWOpen
88Richard SomertonVICOpenView Profile
89Glenn SheldonVICOpen
90Bogdan ZisuVICOpen
91Jayden DihoodVICOpenYouth
92Tom McBrideACTOpenView Profile
93Scott LovigVICOpenView Profile
94 Andrew TaylorNSWOpen
Open 91
Youth (16 – under 21yrs) 5
Womens 2
Masters (60 – 64yrs) 5
Grand Masters (65 and over) 1
PA17T Tandem 0
First Time Entries 3
Table Updated July 25, 2017 2:48 pm