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19-year-old John Noble from Queensland, having caught a total of 40 legal bass over the course of the day, took out the major prize at Round 3 of the Hobie Kayak Bass Series – presented by Daiwa on August 31st, at Moogerah Dam, Qld.

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PosNameStateFish # 1Fish # 2Fish # 3 TotalPrize
1John NobleQLD424240124$280.00Lowrance Elite-5X Fishfinder
Atomic Prize Pack 
2Richard SomertonVIC434039122$215.00Unitika
TT Lures Prize Pack 
3Glenn HayterNSW434136120$140.00Strike Pro
Eco Gear
Prize Pack 
4Denis MetzdorfQLD404235117$80.00Eco Gear
TT Lures
Yamatoyo Prize Pack 
5Nathan SwansonNSW453534114Berkley
Austackle, Atomic
TT Lures Prize Pack 
6Alan BritcliffeQLD423631109
7Jordan GarnsworthyVIC373635108
8Jason GarnerQLD384987100Hog's Breath Café "BOSS HOG" Big Bass Award
9Dave MannNSW423981
10Glenn SwansonNSW303161
11Stuart LockhartVIC4444
12Justin ThompsonQLD4343
13Ron HallVIC4343
14Duane MaceyNSW2828
15Jarryd AlecksonVIC2727
16Mark McKayQLD0
17Chris LindsayQLD0
18Mal FavagerQLD0
19Pete BostockQLD0
20Denis ShawQLD0
21Daniel KopaczVIC0
22Ben DavidsonVIC0
23Anthony CorrentiVIC0
24Mal GrayQLD0
TOTAL D11228Total length over competition1228
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On Sunday 31 August, 2014 Moogerah Dam in south west Queensland’s scenic rim hosted round 3 of the Hobie® Kayak Bass Series presented by Daiwa.

Located two hours inland from the Gold Coast, the 37.8m high wall of the dam holds back an area of 878 hectares of water supplying local towns and agriculture. The word Moogerah is said to be a local Aborigine word meaning “place of thunderstorms” a great place for a water catchment but the picturesque area has much more to offer including camping, bush walking, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing.

The dam, stocked with Australian Bass, Golden and Silver Perch, Mary River Cod and Saratoga is a rich and diverse freshwater fishery. An average depth of 10.8m and plenty of standing and submerged timber in the water make Moogerah Dam a perfectly suited venue for a round of the Hobie Kayak Bass Series.

The round kicked off early Sunday morning with 24 competing anglers from 4 states and territories pedaling off from the Power-Pole starting line in excellent condition. Despite the picture perfect conditions that continued throughout the day, many anglers found the bite slow until the early afternoon when the bass switched on close to finishing time.

Employing a catch-photo-release (CPR) system, anglers placed their legal sized Bass on a standard measuring stick, took a photo to record the length and then released the fish back into the waterway. At the conclusion of the tournament session, anglers arrived back on shore eager to place their key tags on the board, complete their catch cards and hand their camera cards to the tournament scorer.

When all results were finalised and confirmed by the tournament director, 19-year-old John Noble from Queensland, having caught a total of 40 legal bass over the course of the day, took out the major prize with a 124cm total aggregate fish length. Richard Somerton from Victoria finished the day with a 122cm aggregate catch while Glenn Hayter from New South Wales, brought home a 120cm bag that was good enough to take out third place in what was an amazingly tight finish.

When asked about his plan of attack for the tournament, winner John Noble said, “I followed a pattern that worked for me in an ABT Bass Electric round that I fished in early August. I caught most of my fish just to the left of the boat ramp where it drops off from 38’ to about 40’ and there’s a little flat. You see one or two fish on the sounder and when you catch one about 20 or 30 fish follow him up from the bottom, so there is a lot of fish there”.

Outlining the techniques he used to help unlock the mouths of some quality Australian Bass to win the tournament Noble said, “It didn’t matter what you did this morning. You’d just drop it to them and hop, hop you were on. I used double hops, let it sit there for five seconds, then big double hops, really slowing it down as the day went on. Later in the day they shut down a lot and then sort of less was more”.

Winning Ways

Noble’s early morning location selection and getting his full bag before 7:30am set him up on his way to victory in a day when a lot of anglers were struggling.

Winning Tackle

  • Rod: Daiwa Red Back
  • Reel: Daiwa Red Back 2000
  • Line: Power Pro 8lb
  • Leader: 6lb
  • Lure: 12 gram Smack Ice Jig in red and black with assist hooks


Richard Somerton who is a regular competitor in the Hobie Kayak Bass Series netted a catch of Bass that measured up short of the tournament winner by a mere 2cm and also giving him an overall advantage in length of only 2cm over the third place finisher Glenn Hayter.

Somerton summed up his trip to the Moogerah event by saying, “I managed a second place on what I found to be a tough arena. Prefish didn’t go well with over half a day’s fishing only resulting in a Yellowbelly and one bite that I dropped. After regrouping Tanya (my lucky charm) and I went out again in the late arvo which didn’t start well with of all things, a tortoise. But I found some bait in a bay and then a couple of fish and a plan was hatched for comp day! Comp day was a grind with nothing coming in the first hour then it was a fish about every hour after that. Then with an hour to go it was bite time! I’m happy with second on a venue I hadn’t previously heard of, it was a challenging but fruitful day”.

Richard has already qualified for the 2014 Hobie Kayak Bass Series Grand Final so his and winner John Noble’s (also pre-qualified) grand final qualifying spots from this event will step down to lower placed finishers.


Queenslander Garner followed up his recent Hog’s Breath Café Big Bream win in the Redcliffe round of the Hobie® Kayak Bream Series presented by Daiwa taking the biggest Bass from Moogerah which measured in at a nice 49cm.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3071″ img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]His “Big Bass” was landed aboard his Hobie Outback on a Nordic Stage 10lb Dynamic rod with a 2500 Shimano Rarenium reel using Toray Radius 0.8 PE braid with 8lb Sunline FC Rock fluocarbon leader. The 49cm Australian Bass took an Impact Tackle 1/2oz cracker colour spinnerbait with a green/copper hooked on plastics grub attached to the stinger hook.

Next Round

It’s time to start planning for the final round of the Hobie Kayak Bass Series presented by Daiwa, which will be held at Toonumbar Dam on September 14. The two-day October 25-26 Bass grand final venue will be announced soon.

Special Thanks

Thanks to Mal and Trish Gray from Sunstate Hobie for providing dealer support at the event and ABT and Fishing Monthly’s Steve Morgan for his special assistance this weekend. Like all of the events in the Hobie Kayak Fishing Series presented by Daiwa, this round could not have gone ahead without the great support of our generous sponsors Daiwa, Berkley, Atomic. Lowrance, Rhino-Rack, Strike Pro, Austackle, TT Lures, Yamatoyo, Ecogear, Power-Pole and Hog’s Breath Cafe.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Photo Gallery” tab_id=”1409473364597-3-0″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” interval=”3″ images=”3033,3034,3036,3037,3038,3039,3040,3041,3043,3044,3045,3047,3048,3049,3050,3059,3060,3061″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Event Info” tab_id=”1397712469187-3-3″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]

No Fishing
Monday 18th August to and including Fri 29th August
No Go Zone
Saturday 30th August
Tournament Entry
$50, ($90 on the day) Pre-entry via www.abt.org.au or on Sat 30th August, 6am-6.45am, Moogerah Dam foreshore.
Session Times
7-1pm, key tags issued from 6.00am and kayak check-out at 6:45am
Briefing Location
6.45am, Sun 30th August, Moogerah Dam foreshore
Launch Location
Moogerah Dam foreshore
Weigh In Site
Moogerah Dam foreshore
Official Accommodation
Lake Moogerah Caravan Park
A G Muller Park, Queensland 4309 +61 7 5463 0141
Ph:(07) 3387 0888
Event Entry Form
Fishing Rules

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