Lake Macdonald, Queensland. Saturday October 25, 2014.
A field of 23 anglers pedaled off from the Power-Pole starting line on the first competition day of the Hobie® Kayak Bass Series presented by Daiwa on Lake Macdonald in QLD today.
Excellent conditions early improved throughout the day and with the barometre at 1020 hPa and rising all competitors returned to the Atomic launch site with fish by the end of the second session.
Richard Somerton from Victoria took the lead early returning from the first of two sessions with 3 Bass for 133cm and a 5cm lead of Daniel Brown from NSW, a lead that increased to 45cm by the end of the shorter second session.
With the first day of competition over, Somerton leads with 6 bass for 250cm, followed by Daniel Brown with 5 bass for 205cm and John Noble from QLD is currently in third place with 4 bass for 163cm.
When asked about the two session format Somerton replied “We were all just thinking ‘Just gotta get three legals, that all we need, three legals’. I just powered up to a spot and then watched the clock on the Lowrance ticking down the whole time. The once I got my fish I just got out of there.”
Day two will decide our 2014 Hobie® Kayak Bass Series Grand Final Champion and will be a highly competitive day on the water with Somerton’s lead of only 45 cm separating the top 2 positions and 111cms across the top 5 places, anything could still happen.
The top ten on the Lowrance Leaderboard after day one of the Hobie® Kayak Bass Series Grand Final sees a good mix of competitors from up and down the East Coast.
- Richard Somerton VIC 250cm
- Daniel Brown NSW 205cm
- John Noble QLD 163cm
- Anthony Correnti QLD 154cm
- Dave Mann NSW 142cm
- Glenn Hayter NSW 139cm
- Alan Britcliffe QLD 117cm
- Mark McKay QLD 117cm
- Jonathan Chen ACT 114cm
- Bryce Beechey QLD 112cm
New strategies and tactics are being formulated after what was learnt on day one, the excitement is rising and sleep will be tough for some tonight. We’re heading for a great day on the water tomorrow.
Many thanks go to Mal and Trish Gray from Sunstate Hobie for their help in running the event and of course to our generous sponsors Daiwa, Berkley, Atomic. Lowrance, Rhino-Rack, Strike Pro, Austackle, TT Lures, Yamatoyo, Ecogear, Power-Pole and Hog’s Breath Cafe .