Daiwa Round 1. Bemm River, Victoria 2018

February 10-11, 2018. Bemm River

The Hobie Kayak Fishing Series 10 will begin at Bemm River in Victoria, an undisputed favourite on the Hobie Calendar for what is set to be a dynamite weekend of fishing!

Important Rule Changes for 2018

There are several change to the Rules – they are marked in bold 2018 Hobie Bream Series Rules.

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Series 10 Rules

Round Info

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Information Sheet


Early Entries Close at midnight AEDT on 2 February 2018.

  • Early Entry: $100.00
  • Late Entry: $140.00


February 10-11, 2018.


Bemm River foreshore, Sydenham Parade, Bemm River.

No Fishing

Monday 29th January up to and including Thursday 8th February.

No Go Zones

Crossing of the bar at Sydenham Inlet.

Registration Times

Day 1 6:00am.

Day 2 Registration time will be announced at briefing.

Briefing Times

Day 1 6:30am.

Day 2 Briefing time will be announced on Day 1.

Session Times

Day 1 Session time will be announced at briefing (see 2018 Rules, item 16).

Day 2 Session time will be announced at briefing (see 2018 Rules, item 16).

Briefing, Launch And Weigh-in Location

Bemm River foreshore, Sydenham Parade, Bemm River.

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More Information

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1Damian HolcroftACTOpen
2Geoff AlfordACTOpen
3Trent RogersNSWOpen
4Ruth BeebyVICOpenWomens
5Neil CarstairsVICOpen
6Sean HillNSWOpen
7Steven PrykeVICOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
8Lindsay PrykeVICOpen
9Bill WoodsNSWOpenMasters (60-64)
10Tameika PurnellNSWOpenWomens
11Paul WhiteheadSAOpenMasters (60-64)
12Christopher Purnell
Harvey Purnell
NSWPA17T Tandem
13Ben HarrisonSAOpen
14Rhett GillSAOpen
15Danny JobsonNSWOpen
16Gary HansonVICOpenMasters (60-64)
17Joshua DaveySAOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
18Lex ForbesVICOpenMasters (60-64)
19David AytonVICOpen
20Lex CourtNSWOpenMasters (60-64)
21Shane HahesyNSWOpen
22Stuart BuckinghamVICOpen
23Simon MorleyNSWOpen
24Bogdan ZisuVICOpen
25James KilpatrickNSWOpen
26Andrew TaylorNSWOpen
27Craig WallaceNSWOpen
28Andrew VideonSAOpen
29Dale BaxterVICOpen
30Michelle CarmodyQLDOpenWomens, Grand Masters (65 and over)
31Peter BalzanVICOpen
32Andrew HancoxNSWOpen
33David ShanahanVICOpen
34Peter WhelanVICOpen
35Jason DeenenVICOpen
36Gordon GammieNSWOpen
37Jack GammieNSWOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
38Jeremy ThomasNSWOpen
39John WhelanNSWOpenGrand Masters (65 and over)
40Kevin VartyNSWOpen
41Joshua RichardsNSWOpen
42Dean GambleVICOpen
43Michael WalkerNSWOpen
44Richard SomertonVICOpen
45Thomas HardingNSWOpen
46Paul HardimanACTOpen
47Doug BakerNSWOpen
48Jonathan ChenACTOpen
49Mark CromptonNSWOpen
50Tony PettieVICOpen
51Jamie Bowden
Tammy Arnold
NSWPA17T Tandem
52Dylan HennessVICOpen
53Epineha CribbNSWOpen
54Nathan DowlingNSWOpen
55Amanda Whitehorn
Justin Costa
PA17T Tandem
56Luke OlesonSAOpen
57Ralph ErikssonVICOpen
58Carl DuboisNSWOpen
59Stephen MajeraVICOpen
60Matthew LangSAFirst Timer
61Brian HuntNSWOpen
62Jon ClisbyVICOpen
63Mitch KingVICOpen
64Brett CroweNSWOpen
65Daniel GriffinVICOpen
66Photi KaoullasVICOpen
67Paul DavidsonVICOpen
68Jake GriffinVICOpen
69Richard PattersonVICOpen
70Brendan PieschelNSWOpen
71Michelle GambleVICOpenWomens
72John EllisNSWOpenGrand Masters (65 and over)
73Brian PelleVICOpen
74Scott BoydVICOpen
75Kevin BoeseNSWOpen
76Neil HutchinsSAOpen
77Jason ReidNSWOpen
78Byron HillNSWOpen
79John RaoVICOpen
80Kris HicksonNSWOpen
81Nick MaceVICOpen
82Paul DunlopNSWOpen
83Cedric LopezNSWOpen
84Josh KlimasNSWOpen
85Rick MassieVICOpen
86Jayden DihoodVICOpen
87Sam BlundellNSWOpen
88Matt PetrieVICOpen
89Huan TranVICOpen
90Alan CoulterNSWOpen
91Scott LovigVICOpen
92Richard BensonNSWOpen
93Bruce RollinsVICOpen
94Lewis ParsonsNSWOpen
95Brian MaissinNSWOpen
96Eric WoodNSWOpen
97Kyle PettieVICOpen
98Kayle RattenburyNSWOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
99David HedgeNSWOpen
100William DavisNSWOpen
101Ben DavidsonACTOpen
102Tom McBrideACTOpen
Open Youth (16 - under 18yrs) Women Master (60 - 64yrs) Grand Master (65 and over) PA17T Tandem First Timers
98 4 4 5 3 3 1








1Jonathan ChenACTOpen32.85 kg32.71 kg65.56 kg5.56 kg$2,910.00
2Bogdan ZisuVICOpen32.75 kg32.51 kg65.26 kg5.26 kg$1,510.00
3David ShanahanVICOpen32.67 kg32.55 kg65.22 kg5.22 kg$980.00
4Tony PettieVICOpen32.39 kg32.79 kg65.18 kg5.18 kg$450.00
5Carl DuboisNSWOpen32.48 kg32.63 kg65.11 kg5.11 kg$380.00
6Rick MassieVICOpen32.52 kg32.44 kg64.96 kg4.96 kg$340.00
7Scott BoydVICOpen32.56 kg32.36 kg64.92 kg4.92 kg$300.00
8James KilpatrickNSWOpen32.39 kg32.40 kg64.79 kg4.79 kg$260.00
9Nick MaceVICOpen32.21 kg32.50 kg64.71 kg4.71 kg$230.00
10Kris HicksonNSWOpen32.15 kg32.55 kg64.70 kg4.70 kg$190.00
11Jack GammieNSWYouth (16 - under 21)32.24 kg32.46 kg64.70 kg4.70 kg
12Richard BensonNSWOpen32.31 kg32.36 kg64.67 kg4.67 kg
13Andrew HancoxNSWOpen32.30 kg32.36 kg64.66 kg4.66 kg
14David HedgeNSWOpen31.89 kg32.71 kg64.60 kg4.60 kg
15Brian PelleVICOpen32.60 kg31.97 kg64.57 kg4.57 kg
16Dylan HennessVICOpen32.14 kg32.37 kg64.51 kg4.51 kg
17Brian HuntNSWOpen32.23 kg32.25 kg64.48 kg4.48 kg
18Michael WalkerNSWOpen32.10 kg32.33 kg64.43 kg4.43 kg
19Byron HillNSWOpen32.24 kg32.16 kg64.40 kg4.40 kg
20Bruce RollinsVICOpen32.00 kg32.39 kg64.39 kg4.39 kg
21Dean GambleVICOpen32.12 kg32.27 kg64.39 kg4.39 kg
22Jason DeenenVICOpen32.36 kg32.01 kg64.37 kg4.37 kg
23Mitch KingVICOpen32.01 kg32.30 kg64.31 kg4.31 kg
24Josh KlimasNSWOpen32.48 kg31.82 kg64.30 kg4.30 kg
25Richard SomertonVICOpen31.77 kg32.51 kg64.28 kg4.28 kg
26Brian MaissinNSWOpen31.77 kg32.50 kg64.27 kg4.27 kg
27Jayden DihoodVicOpen32.44 kg31.83 kg64.27 kg4.27 kg
28Sam BlundellNSWOpen32.04 kg32.14 kg64.18 kg4.18 kg
29Tom McBrideACTOpen32.31 kg31.82 kg64.13 kg4.13 kg
30John RaoVICOpen32.14 kg31.98 kg64.12 kg4.12 kg
31Matt PetrieVICOpen32.10 kg31.99 kg64.09 kg4.09 kg
32Ben DavidsonACTOpen32.17 kg31.89 kg64.06 kg4.06 kg
33Gary HansonVICMaster's (60-64)31.86 kg32.18 kg64.04 kg4.04 kg
34Lex CourtNSWMaster's (60-64)31.94 kg32.10 kg64.04 kg4.04 kg
35Rhett GillSAOpen31.80 kg32.23 kg64.03 kg4.03 kg
36Cedric LopezNSWOpen32.54 kg31.47 kg64.01 kg4.01 kg
37Simon MorleyNSWOpen31.62 kg32.39 kg64.01 kg4.01 kg
38Dale BaxterVICOpen32.23 kg21.74 kg53.97 kg3.97 kg
39Brendan PieschelNSWOpen31.91 kg32.06 kg63.97 kg3.97 kg
40Paul DunlopNSWOpen32.60 kg21.26 kg53.86 kg3.86 kg
41Jon ClisbyVICOpen32.07 kg31.76 kg63.83 kg3.83 kg
42Ben HarrisonSAOpen31.94 kg31.88 kg63.82 kg3.82 kg
43David AytonVICOpen31.71 kg32.10 kg63.81 kg3.81 kg
44Craig WallaceNSWOpen32.07 kg31.74 kg63.81 kg3.81 kg
45Geoff AlfordACTOpen32.08 kg31.72 kg63.80 kg3.80 kg
46Steven PrykeVICYouth (16 - under 21)32.31 kg31.46 kg63.77 kg3.77 kg
47Andrew TaylorNSWOpen31.58 kg32.19 kg63.77 kg3.77 kg
48Thomas HardingNSWOpen31.62 kg32.14 kg63.76 kg3.76 kg
49Kevin BoeseNSWOpen31.90 kg31.82 kg63.72 kg3.72 kg
50Kayle RattenburyNSWYouth (16 - under 21)31.65 kg32.06 kg63.71 kg3.71 kg
51Michelle GambleVICWomen's31.74 kg31.89 kg63.63 kg3.63 kg
52Sean HillNSWOpen31.38 kg32.23 kg63.61 kg3.61 kg
53Mark CromptonNSWOpen31.93 kg31.66 kg63.59 kg3.59 kg
54John EllisNSWGrand Master's (65 and over)31.92 kg31.67 kg63.59 kg3.59 kg
55Jason ReidNSWOpen31.99 kg31.58 kg63.57 kg3.57 kg
56Peter WhelanVICOpen31.92 kg31.59 kg63.51 kg3.51 kg
57Will DavisNSWOpen31.89 kg31.58 kg63.47 kg3.47 kg
58Jeremy ThomasNSWOpen31.54 kg31.90 kg63.44 kg3.44 kg
59Ruth BeebyVICWomen's31.72 kg21.66 kg53.38 kg3.38 kg
60Alan CoulterNSWOpen31.66 kg31.65 kg63.31 kg3.31 kg
61Kyle PettieVICOpen31.96 kg21.25 kg53.21 kg3.21 kg
62Danny JobsonNSWOpen31.66 kg31.54 kg63.20 kg3.20 kg
63Paul HardimanACTOpen31.19 kg32.00 kg63.19 kg3.19 kg
64Stuart BuckinghamVICOpen31.55 kg31.63 kg63.18 kg3.18 kg
65Photi KaoullasVICOpen20.95 kg32.21 kg53.16 kg3.16 kg
66Scott LovigVICOpen31.63 kg31.46 kg63.09 kg3.09 kg
67Joshua DaveySAYouth (16 - under 21)32.03 kg20.92 kg52.95 kg2.95 kg
68Neil HutchinsSAOpen10.48 kg32.45 kg42.93 kg2.93 kg
69Andrew VideonSAOpen21.13 kg31.75 kg52.88 kg2.88 kg
70Paul DavidsonVICOpen31.81 kg21.03 kg52.84 kg2.84 kg
71Trent RogersNSWOpen31.61 kg11.04 kg42.65 kg2.65 kg
72Lex ForbesVICMaster's (60-64)31.62 kg11.00 kg42.62 kg2.62 kg
73Joshua RichardsNSWOpen10.48 kg32.10 kg42.58 kg2.58 kg
74John WhelanNSWGrand Master's (65 and over)21.66 kg10.92 kg32.58 kg2.58 kg
75Peter BalzanVICOpen32.53 kg32.53 kg2.53 kg
76Epineha CribbNSWOpen10.75 kg31.77 kg42.52 kg2.52 kg
77Damian HolcroftACTOpen31.36 kg21.11 kg52.47 kg2.47 kg
78Lindsay PrykeVICOpen31.59 kg10.80 kg42.39 kg2.39 kg
79Kevin VartyNSWOpen10.54 kg31.72 kg42.26 kg2.26 kg
80Doug BakerNSWOpen31.60 kg10.62 kg42.22 kg2.22 kg
81Tameika PurnellNSWWomen's10.59 kg31.53 kg42.12 kg2.12 kg
82Shane HahesyNSWOpen10.76 kg21.34 kg32.10 kg2.10 kg
83Stephen MajeraVICOpen31.96 kg31.96 kg1.96 kg
84Eric WoodNSWOpen31.89 kg31.89 kg1.89 kg
85HUAN TranVICOpen31.80 kg31.80 kg1.80 kg
86Gordon GammieNSWOpen31.64 kg31.64 kg1.64 kg
87Lewis ParsonsNSWOpen10.65 kg20.97 kg31.62 kg1.62 kg
88Bill WoodsNSWMaster's (60-64)21.32 kg21.32 kg1.32 kg
89Brett CroweNSWOpen21.25 kg21.25 kg1.25 kg
90Nathan DowlingNSWOpen21.19 kg21.19 kg1.19 kg
91Michelle CarmodyQLDWomen's21.16 kg21.16 kg1.16 kg
92Ralph ErikssonNSWOpen10.63 kg10.63 kg0.63 kg
93Paul WhitheadSAMaster's (60-64)10.52 kg10.52 kg0.52 kg
94Richard PattersonVicOpen0.00 kg0.00 kg
94Neil CarstairsVICOpen0.00 kg0.00 kg
94Luke OlesonSAOpen0.00 kg0.00 kg
94Jake GriffinVICOpen0.00 kg0.00 kg
DQDaniel GriffinVICOpen-0.75 kg0.00 kg-0.75 kg-0.75 kg
1JAMIE Bowden, Tammy ArnoldNSWPro Angler 17T (Tandem Event)31.66 kg32.42 kg64.08 kg4.08 kg
2Christopher Purnell ,Harvey PurnellNSWPro Angler 17T (Tandem Event)21.09 kg21.09 kg1.09 kg
3Justin Costa, Amanda WhiteheadVICPro Angler 17T (Tandem Event)0.00 kg0.00 kg
1Matthew LangSAFirst Time Competitor32.20 kg32.20 kg2.20 kg
Total Fish D1Total Weight D1Total Fish D2Total FishTotal WeightAverage Weight
256170.69 kg236162.75 kg492333.44 kg0.68

Atomic Big Bream Winner

Dale BaxterVIC1.29 kg

Mortgage Corp Monster Mover

Neil HutchinsSA0.48 kg2.45 kg

Division Winners

Youth (16 - under 21) (16 - under 21 yrs)
Jack GammieNSW32.24 kg32.46 kg64.70 kg
Michelle GambleVIC31.74 kg31.89 kg63.63 kg
Master's (60-64)
Lex CourtNSW31.94 kg32.10 kg64.04 kg
Gary HansonVIC31.86 kg32.18 kg64.04 kg
Grand Master's (65 and over) (65 and over)
John EllisNSW31.92 kg31.67 kg63.59 kg
Pro Anger 17 Tandem (Teams Event)
Jamie Bowdon & Tammy ArnoldNSW31.66 kg32.42 kg64.08 kg
First Time Competitors
Matthew LangSA32.20 kg32.20 kg

Day 2 Weigh-In

Day 1 Weigh-In

The 2018 Hobie Kayak Bream Series 10 started off in style with 102 anglers entering round one, Bemm River Victoria, February 10-11, 2018.
Anglers from Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland, headed to compete in the two-day competition at the bream fishing mecca, Bemm River, East Gippsland, Victoria. Pre-Fish Day on the Friday, saw anglers return to the event arena with a reasonable number of them reporting having pulled in solid bags.

Report from Jonathan Chen
Day One
“I headed straight to my marks near the mouth of Bemm River to find it crystal clear and no wind, fish were spooking easily over the 3ft deep flat.
Managing a few small undersize bream on a Greedy-guts 66, however my patience wore thin having the lure fowl up on lose weed nearly every cast. To help avoid this, I switched to a Damiki Armor shad 3inch plastic in skin blue and begun searching the area for legal sized bream.
At 9:30am, drifting over patchy weed and working my plastic faster over the weed, I quickly managed to fill my bag with three 37cm bream. With a good bag already, I decided to keep moving leaving the spot for the next day and find new area holding fish for day two.
Moving 100 metres from my main location, I managed a good upgrade, a 42cm bream on a shad type plastic. The fishing was quiet, changing to a Damiki D Grub on a 1/12th jighead, then casting at a small drop off, I was rewarded on the drop.
A few cast later, leaving the plastic sitting in the bottom for 10 seconds, suddenly a massive tick in the line and another good fish was upgraded from a 37cm to a 39cm specimen. With the wind blowing harder, I decided to do a long drift heading towards Bobs Bay and making long casts into the wind, another small upgrade of 50grams on the Damiki Armor shad in baby bass re-coloured green with a green Spike It pen. The day ended with 2.85kg bag and leading day one’, said Jonathan Chen.

Day Two
The weather was bad due to the wind, but it was all go for the tournament. I headed straight to my first spot and they weren’t there. Moving just 10m and a tad deeper, 4.5ft, I managed to get two undersize bream in two casts on the Damiki Armor shad in baby bass and coloured uv green. Deciding to slow down and fish the area thoroughly, finally it produced my first legal, a 40cm bream. Switching to shad type lure produced another legal, the media boat arrived for a few happy snaps while fighting the fish. There were a few hairy moments where the fish would take a big run while trying to net it. Managing to get the fish in the boat, my second legal was a 37cm bream. A short time later switching to a Damiki Armor shad in skin blue, a 30cm bream was added to my bag. I moved to another drop off, catching bream after bream for about an hour, all being around 31 – 33cm, upgrading a bit at a time.
Returning to my original location, the wind was really blowing now, to my advantage I started casting into the wind allowing the lure to move slower in the water column. With casting into the wind and changing the jig head to a 1/8 I finally managed to get another good upgrade on a grub. Hoping I had enough to keep me up the top, at 12:00 I decided to head back to the flats out the front of the launch spot as the wind was bad and I didn’t want to risk being late. Landing a couple of good fish but no upgrades. It was a nervous wait as anyone had the chance for a massive 3kg+ bag. Weighing in last, my bag went 2.71kg and enough to keep me on top and take out my second win at Bemm River with a total of 5.56kg.
Rod: Miller Bream Buster
Reel: Shimano Stradic C14
Line: 3lb FC straight through
Lure: Damiki Amour Shad, skin blue, Damiki D Grubb and Juro Firebait
Kayak: Hobie Pro Anger 14

Bogdan Zisu from Victoria, had a great weekend and almost pulled off the round win. With Tony Pettie weighing in with 6 fish at 5.18 kgs moving to the top of the leader board, then David Shanahan knocking off Tony with a 5.22 kg bag, I was unsure what my total would be and was very surprised to see my bag tip the scales at 5.26. “It was great weekend and one that will be remembered for some time”. “the top five positions were very close for sure!”
Rod: Miller Custom
Reel: Daiwa Exist, Steez and Certate
Line: Sunline 3LB Fluro & 5LB Varivas Braid
Lures: Daiwa Spike, Jackall Chubby – Brown Suji Shrimp & Zman Motoroil Grubs
Kayak: Hobie Pro Anger 14

Dale Baxter – VIC 1.29 KGS

Neil Hutchins – SA

YOUTH (16 – Under 21 yrs.)
Jack Gammie – NSW

Michelle Gamble – VIC

MASTER’S (60 – 64 yrs.)
Lex Court – NSW
Gary Hanson – VIC

John Ellis – NSW

Jamie Bowdon & Tammy Arnold – NSW

First Time Competitors
Matthew Lang – SA

Total Fish Day 1 256
Total Fish Day 2 236
Total Fish 492!
Total Weight 333.44 KG
Average Weight .68

Hobie Kayak Bream Series 10, Rhino-Rack, JML, & Hobie® Polarized Round 2. Forster, NSW. March 10-11, 2018.

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