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Congratulations to Stephen Maas from Queensland our 2015 Hobie B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Australian Champion. Mass measured a total of 6 Bass for a total length of 258cm. Richard Robson from New South Wales claimed second with 6 bass for 224cm. Third place was taken by Richard Somerton from Victoria with 5 for 208cm. The two Hog’s Breath Cafe, Boss Hog Big Bream Awards were taken by Stephen Mass and Jonathan Chen with 46cm and 49cm respectively.

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PlaceAngler StateF1W1F2W2TFTWPayout
1Stephen MaasQLD3132 cm3126 cm6258 cm$500.00
2Richard RobsonNSW3106 cm3118 cm6224 cm$350.00
3Richard SomertonVIC281 cm3127 cm5208 cm$170.00
4Alan BritcliffeQLD285 cm286 cm4171 cm
5Peter BostockQLD3128 cm133 cm4161 cm
6Jonathan ChenACTcm3146 cm3146 cm
7Dave MagnerQLD3108 cm132 cm4140 cm
8Joel CrosbieVIC138 cm285 cm3123 cm
9Joe CrustNSWcm3118 cm3118 cm
10Luke AtkinsonQLD143 cm144 cm287 cm
11Glenn HayterNSW272 cmcm272 cm
12Reece SimmondsVICcmcmcm
Hogs Breath Cafe Boss Hog Big Bass Day 1
46Stephen Mass$100.00
Hogs Breath Cafe Boss Hog Big Bass Day 2
49Jonathan Chen$100.00
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STEPHEN MAAS IS CROWNED THE NEW HOBIE® B.A.S.S. AUSTRALIA NATION AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION!

November 1, 2015.

Hinze Dam, Queensland, Australia was the location of the 2015 Hobie® B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Kayak Series Australian Championship. The finest Hobie Kayak Anglers from from 4 states and territories made the trip to Queensland’s South East to battle it out for the coveted title of Australian Champion on the picturesque Bass fishery of Hinze Dam.

Stephen Mass from Queensland took the lead on day one measuring 132 cm for his 3 Bass. He was placed just 4cm ahead of fellow Queenslander Peter Bostock who measured 128 cm for his 3, and 24 cm ahead of Dave Magner also from Queensland on 3 for 108 cm. Maas also picked up the session 1 Hog’s Breath Cafe, Boss Hog Big Bass Award with the largest specimen of the day measuring in at 46cm.

When asked about his plan of attack Maas. “I’ve pre fished here a fair bit and found that my bigger fish came down toward the dam wall. I’ve caught better numbers elsewhere but decided that I go for the bigger fish. I headed there first thing. It took about an hour to find a school of fish but after that I caught about 9 legals”.

As the sun rose on the second session of the competition, anglers hit the water 7:00 am for a shotgun start and their last chance at the 2015 title.

Good cloud cover, 1020 barometer and a shifting breeze throughout the session looked positive for a good days fishing, anglers still had their work cut out for them however as the edge bite didn’t seem to fire for many and the fish were more easily spooked than on day one.

Maas did work the edges and started the day with a solid plan and a number of spots to hit. A couple of recreational kayakers put an end to his plans and he went deep on the far eastern side of the dam wall in search of the three bass that would put him over the line. It turned out that the second session’s fishing was much harder work than expected.

“The bite was lighter today. Yesterday they were whacking it and taking off. I only got the three bites today and they were the three I landed. It was a lot tougher, you had to go lighter just to feel the bite”. Maas said.

Mass was lost for words at the awards presentation. “I started the day with the shakes, I’ve still got the shakes. I can’t believe it!”

WINNING TACKLE

  • Rod: 13 Omen Black
  • Reel: Daiwa Lexa
  • Line: 8lb Fins Braid
  • Leader: Sunline FC Rock 8lb, 10lb, 12lb & 16lb
  • Lure: Jackall TN/60

WINNING WAYS

I was sitting on an edge from about 25-30 foot deep. I was just throwing Jackall TN/60s as far as I could and just working them up the slope at a 45º angle and banging them down off the rock.

ROBSON LANDS SECOND

Richard Robson from New South Wales climbed two places during the second session to secure his podium finish. Robson avoided the timber and went deep focussing on efficient fishing for his first time on the waterway.

“I used the Lowrance Elite 4 CHIRP to locate a few descent schools. They were based around 4 single trees. There was some submerged timber that I avoided like the plague. I was using a 1/6 Dam Deep on a green / watermelon 3.5 Swinging Keitech with vertical slow roll, straight down in 35 feet of water. The bass were schooling between 25 and 15 feet and that’s where the hits would come”

Third place went to reigning Hobie Bass Champion Richard Somerton from Victoria. Richard landed 2 bass on day one and a full compliment of three on day two with a length of 208 cm over the two sessions.

Jonathan Chen had a sensational second day, coming back from a day one donut, to land the three biggest bass of the tounament. Chen measured a 48cm and two 49cm Bass and picked himself up the day two Hog’s Breath Cafe,Boss Hog Big Bass Award for his efforts.

Congratulations again to all involved. Special thanks go to B.A.S.S Australia Nation for their support throughout the series. Thanks also to Mal Gray and John Hooper from Sunstate Hobie for their exceptional Hobie dealer support throughout the competition.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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