Thursday, November 16, 2017
Mandurah, Western Australia
After a short morning briefing anglers competing in the 2017 Hobie Kayak Bream Series 9 Australian Championship hit the water for the first time in their brand new, factory supplied Pro Angler 14 kayaks powered by the all-new MirageDrive 180 forward-reverse pedal systems.
The anglers from across Australia pedalled off on the Lowrance Pre-Fish Day, from the championship event site in a light northeasterly breeze that blew at around 10kph, with high cloud cover filled in the patchy sky and the temperature sat around 22 degrees Celsius and ready to climb into the low 30s.
It was a first time experience for many in the new 2017 model kayaks with the 180 drive. And, that fact encouraged more than might have, to head to the canal systems at the top of Mandurah Channel, to put their new-found luxury, of full-power reverse into action.
Others headed to the weedy flats that were reasonably close at hand and a rare one or two anglers executed their plans to make the long haul to the two river systems, the Serpentine and the Murray, that feed into Peel Inlet.
How well they do in what is an unfamiliar territory for most will be the topic of many stories this evening, and the secrets many will hold close to their chest until their Livewells are full over the next three days of competition.