Lowrance Day One of the Hobie Kayak Bream Series 10 Australian Championship presented by Daiwa, blasted off from the Power-Pole Starting line, in Forster, New South Wales, at 7am this morning.
It was a level playing field for all anglers who were each in brand new 2019 Hobie Outback kayaks with a forward and reverse MirageDrive 180 pedal propulsion, a remote control Power-Pole Micro anchor system and Lowrance Elite Ti2 7” sounders with triple shot transducers.
The 45 elite kayak anglers competing in the 10 year anniversary championship came from New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (Qld), Victoria (Vic), South Australia (SA), Western Australia (WA) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). All had qualified for the championship by competing in eleven qualifying rounds held across Australia in 2018.
They pedaled off to hit the racks, paddocks and flats around one of Australia’s premier bream fishing arenas. Anglers were fishing for three bream with a minimum size of 26cm to the tip (of the tail) 1cm over the state legal minimum. The fish were placed in Hobie Livewells, and as anglers caught their bag of three legal bream they would replace their smallest fish with the larger one. No angler was permitted to keep more than three fish in their Hobie Livewell at any one time.
The first angler to land a fish was Tyson Hayes (QLD) who amazingly had three legal bream in his livewell with his first three casts of the day.
“It took me longer to release the fish and get them in my livewell than it took me to get to my location and catch the fish. I had my bag in less than ten minutes from the start”, said Hayes.
Conditions across the arena were reasonably good, but could have been helped by a little more cloud cover and some more breeze in some arms of the massive waterway. Nevertheless, anglers were catching fish in all parts of the arena, the risky racks were working for some and the open weedy water for others.
At the end of the day Jack Gammie from NSW was leading the championship with 2.44kg, Simon Morley NSW sat in second place on 2.12kg and Kane Terry NSW was third on 2.02kg.
Only one angler missed out on catching fish today but Peter Cook from NSW still bagged himself $100 in Donut Dough.
Jack Gammie caught the Atomic Big Bream for day one of the championship weighing in at 1.40Kg and picking himself up $250 from Atomic.
Power –Pole Day Two kicks off tomorrow morning. Stay in touch throughout the day on Facebook with live feeds from the water and catch the live weigh-in on hobiefishing.com.au and three simulcast views of the weigh-in on Facebook.com/HobieFishingAsiaPacific.