Daiwa Australia round one was a tough start to the season for all 75 anglers competing in Hobie® Kayak Bream Series 9, which was contested over the January 22-23 weekend, at Marlo in Victoria.

A favourite on the Hobie Fishing calendar, Marlo has a reputation of delivering big fish, and once again, while the total catch numbers were down, the “Big Blacks” were there, just a lot tougher to catch. Full bags were scarce on both days with only 4 anglers catching 6 legals over the two days of the series opener.

Sitting in third place on day one Richard Somerton, from Melbourne in Victoria, snatched the top of the leaderboard from fellow Victorian, Bogdan Zisu, at the final weigh-in, with a day one bag of 3 fish for 2.27kg, and a day two bag of 3 fish for 2.22kg, giving him a total tournament winning weight of 6 fish for 4.49kg.

Somerton headed second place finisher, Tony Pettie from Victoria, who moved up from his day one 4th position to finish with 6 for 4.20kg. Stephen Majera from Victoria rounded out the podium placings with 5 for 4.16kg.

Total Bream Caught: 145
Day One: 65
Day Two: 80

Total Weight: 100.2kg
Day One: 41.93kg
Day Two: 58.27kg


Although, having previously won the 2014 Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championship, with a combined bag of fish from Victoria’s Bemm River and Marlo, his 2017 Daiwa round one victory was Richard Somerton’s first, stand alone, tournament win at Marlo, since he began competing in the Hobie Bream Series.

The current number two in the world, Somerton, pedalled a long way to reach a secret location that he has shared with only one or two others. Somerton can travel extremely quick in his Hobie Pro Angler 14, nevertheless, it still took him around 1hr 20min to reach his preferred destination for round one of the season.

“We (Scott Lovig and Somerton) travelled all of the way up to PS Curlip at the Brodribb River boat ramp, then up past the bridge to a secret location. You can get an average bag out of the place, but you’re usually not in the running when you fish up there, mostly ending up in mid-field. We knew the place was going to win a comp one day, it just needed a really tough comp (laughs), and this was that weekend”.

“It was a very, late start on Saturday, due to bad weather, but when we reached our spot, I was able to turn a few bites into a bag. After the long haul back I was surprised to find I was in third position and within range of the day one leader. It was a tough day out there, but I really like it when it’s tough”.

On day two, with the usual 7am to 2:30pm session time announced at the briefing, Somerton chose to lose nearly three hours of line in the water, and set off for the same location as day one.

“When I finally arrived, the bite was a little better than the day before. I targeted the surface bite with Cranka Shallow Minnows and I managed to get my bag of three reasonable bream in pretty good time”.

“I was quiet surprised how tough it was for everyone out there. I thought I might be in with a slim chance of getting near the top, but it was a really, big surprise to take out my first win at Marlo”.

First Prize Payout: $2130 plus a sponsor prize pack valued at over $400

Rod: 7ft 1-4kg Duffrods Hystix
Reel: Daiwa Certate 2010
Line: Daiwa Tournament Braid 8lb
Leader: Sunline FC 6lb

Lure: Cranka Shallow Minnow in rusty gold


Along with Richard Somerton, Tony Pettie recently competed in the Hobie Fishing World Championship in Louisiana, USA, finishing as the third highest placed Aussie in 10th position on the leaderboard. On the weekend he was looking forward to returning to a familiar waterway and a favourite target species.

“I’m just the bridesmaid once again, it was pretty tough out there, but that’s fishing. One day it’s blowing its guts out and the next day it’s beautiful and the sun is shining. You’ve got to be able to plug through all conditions whatever they are and get the fish when you need them”.

On day one Pettie ended up with 3 fish for 2.17kg and also bagged out on day two with 3 fish weighing in at 2.03kg. He was one of the only 4 anglers to get full bags on both days.

“I got my first fish yesterday along the west bank of the channel near the first island about a kilometre for the start. But to get my other fish on Saturday I went up between the second and third islands to a spot where I also got my bag today (day two). I pretty much got all of my fish within a 500 metre radius, and I was pretty happy bagging out on both days because I knew everyone was struggling out there”.

Second Place Prize Payout: $1110 plus a sponsor prize pack valued at over $300


Chris Burbidge from Ferntree Gully in Victoria, who also represented Australia at Hobie Fishing Worlds 6, finishing 8th in the world, caught the first $100 Atomic Big Bream, of the 2017 season. The monster fish could possibly end up being the largest bream of the whole series, weighing a massive 1.72kg. The round was a tough series opener for all anglers and like most Burbidge struggled throughout most of day two until he cast at a tree, caught on a pole, and he came up tight with a heap of weight. The “Atomic Big Black” took him almost 5 minutes to land in his Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak. The monster had three, huge attempts to make a run back towards its cover before Burbidge was able to win the Marlo battle against the Atomic brute.

Lure: Lucky Craft Tango in a ghost shrimp pattern


The Mortgage Corp Monster Mover, picnic hamper and backpack, went to Nathan Prezioso from Victoria who moved up from equal 36th place on the Lowrance Leaderboard at the close of day one, finishing in 11th place with a 3 fish bag of 2.72kg.


On February 25-26, Hobie Kayak Bream Series 9 returns to Bemm River in Victoria, an undisputed favourite on the Hobie calendar for what is going to be a dynamite weekend of fishing in Atomic Round Two. Last year, a record 105 anglers descended on the tiny bream fishing mecca in East Gippsland and Steve Fields from Hobie Fishing has promised to throw in an extra $1000 to the prize pool, if entries go over the 100 for the second year running. Atomic Round Two entries for Bemm are open, it’s going to be massive!


The 2017 Daiwa round of Hobie Kayak Bream Series 9 could not have gone ahead without the generous sponsors who have supported Hobie Fishing over a number of years, Daiwa Australia, Berkley, Atomic, Lowrance, Rhino-Rack, Strike Pro, TT Lures, JML Anglers Alliance, Power-Pole, Mortgage Corp and ABT. In 2017 we would like to thank Pro Lure and Hobie Polarized for coming on board the sponsors team and assisting us in running the only true national kayak fishing series in Australia.

Thanks also to Alpine Country in Sale for providing dealer support at the tournament.

Thank you to all anglers for your interest and participation in the Hobie Bream Series. See you all at Bemm River.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_separator][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]


Day One of the first round of Hobie Bream Series 9 presented by Daiwa at Marlo, Victoria is over with extreme early morning conditions forcing the tournament director, Steve Fields, to make the call to postpone the usual 7am start until 11am, for safety reasons. The tournament director also made the, hugely popular, decision to extend the session from its usual finishing time of 2:30pm until 5:00pm.

Fishing was unusually tough across the Marlo arena, which has the reputation as being among a short list of the best bream fisheries in Australia. A total 41.93kg of fish were caught and released on the day. With Day One leader Bogdan Zisu from Victoria bagging 3 bream for 2.54kg, holding second place is Paul Malov also from Victoria with 3 for 2.43kg and in third place is current number two in the world Richard Somerton from Victoria with a 3 fish bag of 2.27kg. The Atomic Big Bream is currently led by Matt Jorgensen from New South Wales with an solid 1.35kg Black Bream.

Conditions tomorrow will continue top improve and anglers will register at 6:00am for a 6:30am briefing, when the tournament director will announce the start and finishing times for the day. Around 4pm tomorrow we should know the winner of the first event on the extensive, national Hobie Fishing calendar for 2017.

Results Final Day

1Richard SomertonVICO32.2732.2264.49$2130.00
Plus Sponsors Prize Pack
2Tony PettieVICO32.1732.0364.2$1110.00
Plus Sponsors Prize Pack
3Stephen MajeraVICO22.0132.1554.16$720.00
Plus Sponsors Prize Pack
4Paul MalovVICO32.4321.3353.76$330.00
Plus Sponsors Prize Pack
5Chris BurbidgeVICO31.9611.7243.68$280.00
Plus Sponsors Prize Pack
6Bogdan ZisuVICO32.5410.8743.41$250.00
7Steven PrykeVICY31.5731.663.17$220.00
8Corey GallagherVICO20.9922.1543.14$190.00
9Scott LovigVICO31.3531.6262.97$170.00
10Simon MorleyNSWO10.4532.3542.8$140.00
11Nathan PreziosoVICY32.7232.72
12Paul DavidsonVICO10.5732.0942.66
13Ralph ErikssonNSWO21.2421.4142.65
14Darren WedaVICO21.0831.4952.57
15David HedgeNSWO32.5432.54
16Tony CurwenVICM10.8231.7242.54
17Dean GambleVICO31.4821.0652.54
18David ShanahanVICO21.0521.4642.51
19Jon ClisbyVICO32.4832.48
20Kevin BoeseNSWO31.7910.6842.47
21Scott CarmodyACTO10.8121.6332.44
22Jason ReidNSWO10.6221.5632.18
23Kane TerryNSWO32.0832.08
24Jayden DihoodVICY32.0532.05
25Gary HansonVICM31.2510.7742.02
26Bruce RollinsVICO21.4910.4531.94
27Dylan HennessVICO31.8831.88
28Mitch KingVICO2120.8641.86
29Darryl HeadNSWO10.4721.3331.8
30Ben HarrisonSAO10.6610.9721.63
31Stephen HumeVICO21.621.6
32Christopher PurnellNSWO10.510.9721.47
33Matt JorgensenNSWO11.3511.35
34Chesney FungVICO21.2521.25
35Murray WhiteTASY21.2421.24
36Peter WhelanVICO11.2211.22
37Michelle GambleVICW21.1321.13
38Matt PetrieVICO21.0721.07
39Dale BaxterVICO10.9210.92
40John WhelanNSWGM10.910.9
41Jordan SantosVICO10.7410.74
42Tim OlsenACTO10.7310.73
42Sean HillNSWO10.7310.73
44Scott BakerVICO10.7210.72
44Neil CarstairsVICO10.7210.72
46Kayle RattenburyNSWY10.6110.61
47Jason DeenenVICO10.610.6
48Jason ChildsNSWO10.4810.48
49Josh KlimasNSWO10.4710.47
50Mark CribbesVICO10.4610.46
51Joel CrosbieVICO10.4510.45
52Robert WardVICFTC
52Darrin HaywoodNSWO
52Gordon GammieNSWO
52Jack GammieNSWY
52Aaron WilliamsVICO
52Trent RogersNSWO
52Kevin VartyNSWO
52Steve ThomasVICO
52Rick MassieVICO
52Lex ForbesVICM
52Peter BalzanVICO
52Tom McBrideACTO
52Lindsay PrykeVICO
52Doug BakerNSWO
52James SinnamonTASY
52Shane TaylorNSWO
52Lex CourtNSWO
52Paul HardimanACTO
52Tameika PurnellNSWW
52Geoff AlfordACTO
52Michelle CarmodyNSWW
52Sean MennenVICFTC
52Ben ThompsonVICO
Atomic Big Bream$100.00
Chris BurbidgeVIC1.72
Division Winners
DivisionNameStateTotal FishTotal Weight
Grand Master's (65 and over) DivisionJohn WhelanNSW10.9
Master's (60-64) DivisionTony CurwenVIC42.54
Women's DivisionMichelle GambleVIC21.13
Youth (16 - under 21) DivisionSteven PrykeVIC63.17
First Time CompetitorsRobert WardVIC

Results Day 1

PlAnglerStateDivF1W1Total Weight
1Bogdan ZisuVICO3.002.542.54
2Paul MalovVICO3.002.432.43
3Richard SomertonVICO3.002.272.27
4Tony PettieVICO3.002.172.17
5Stephen MajeraVICO2.002.012.01
6Chris BurbidgeVICO3.001.961.96
7Kevin BoeseNSWO3.001.791.79
8Stephen HumeVICO2.001.601.60
9Steven PrykeVICY3.001.571.57
10Bruce RollinsVICO2.001.491.49
11Dean GambleVICO3.001.481.48
12Matt JorgensenNSWO1.001.351.35
12Scott LovigVICO3.001.351.35
14Gary HansonVICM3.001.251.25
15Murray WhiteTASY2.001.241.24
15Ralph ErikssonNSWO2.001.241.24
17Michelle GambleVICW2.001.131.13
18Darren WedaVICO2.001.081.08
19David ShanahanVICO2.001.051.05
20Mitch KingVICO2.001.001.00
21Corey GallagherVICO2.000.990.99
22Dale BaxterVICO1.000.920.92
23Tony CurwenVICM1.000.820.82
24Scott CarmodyACTO1.000.810.81
25Jordan SantosVICO1.000.740.74
26Sean HillNSWO1.000.730.73
27Scott BakerVICO1.000.720.72
28Ben HarrisonSAO1.000.660.66
29Jason ReidNSWO1.000.620.62
30Paul DavidsonVICO1.000.570.57
31Christopher PurnellNSWO1.000.500.50
32Josh KlimasNSWO1.000.470.47
32Darryl HeadNSWO1.000.470.47
34Mark CribbesVICO1.000.460.46
35Simon MorleyNSWO1.000.450.45
36Robert WardVICO0.00
36Nathan PreziosoVICY0.00
36Darrin HaywoodNSWO0.00
36Matt PetrieVICO0.00
36Gordon GammieNSWO0.00
36HUAN TranVICO0.00
36Jack GammieNSWY0.00
36Jayden DihoodVICY0.00
36Aaron WilliamsVICO0.00
36Trent RogersNSWO0.00
36Kevin VartyNSWO0.00
36Steve ThomasVICO0.00
36Rick MassieVICO0.00
36Lex ForbesVICM0.00
36Peter WhelanVICO0.00
36Peter BalzanVICO0.00
36Tom McBrideACTO0.00
36Jon ClisbyVICO0.00
36Jason DeenenVICO0.00
36Lindsay PrykeVICO0.00
36Doug BakerNSWO0.00
36Tim OlsenACTO0.00
36Joel CrosbieVICO0.00
36James SinnamonTASY0.00
36John WhelanNSWGM0.00
36David HedgeNSWO0.00
36Shane TaylorNSWO0.00
36Lex CourtNSWO0.00
36Chesney FungVICO0.00
36Dylan HennessVICO0.00
36Kane TerryNSWO0.00
36Paul HardimanACTO0.00
36Jason ChildsNSWO0.00
36Kayle RattenburyNSWY0.00
36Tameika PurnellNSWW0.00
36Neil CarstairsVICO0.00
36Geoff AlfordACTO0.00
36Michelle CarmodyNSWW0.00
36Sean MennenVICFTC0.00
36Ben ThompsonVICO0.00
Total Fish65
Total Weight41.93
Atomic Big Bream LeaderMatt Jorgensen1.35
Women's Division LeaderMichelle Gamble1.13
Master's (60-64) Division LeaderGary Hanson1.35
Youth (16 - under 21) Division LeaderSteven Pryke1.57

Day Two – Afternoon

Day Two – Fish Release

Day Two – Presentation

Day Two – Morning Action

Day One – Morning Action

Day One – Early Morning

If you do not see your name in the Entry List, below, after 24 business hours please email media@hobiecat.com.au directly.

1Neil CarstairsVICOpen
2Tameika PurnellNSWOpenWomen's
3Christopher PurnellNSWOpen
4Kayle RattenburyNSWOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
5Jason ReidNSWOpen
6Geoff AlfordACTOpen
7Ben HarrisonSAOpen
8Jason ChildsNSWOpen
9Darryl HeadNSWOpen
10Paul HardimanACTOpen
11David ShanahanVICOpen
12Bruce RollinsVICOpen
13Michelle CarmodyNSWOpenWomen's
14Kane TerryNSWOpen
15Dylan HennessVICOpen
16Sean HillNSWOpen
17Simon MorleyNSWOpen
18Stephen HumeVICOpen
19Lex CourtNSWOpen
20Chesney FungVICOpen
21Gary HansonVICOpenMaster's (60-64)
22Mark CribbesVICOpen
23Shane TaylorNSWOpen
24Dale BaxterVICOpen
25David HedgeNSWOpen
26Tony CurwenVICOpenMaster's (60-64)
27Scott LovigVICOpen
28Dean GambleVICOpen
29Michelle GambleVICOpenWomen's
30Ralph ErikssonNSWOpen
31Paul DavidsonVICOpen
32Matt JorgensenNSWOpen
33Paul MalovVICOpen
34Jordan SantosVICOpen
35Murray WhiteTASOpen
36John WhelanNSWOpenGrand Master's (65 and over)
37James SinnamonTASOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
38Joel CrosbieVICOpen
39Tim OlsenACTOpen
40Doug BakerNSWOpen
41Darrin HaywoodNSWOpen
42Chris BurbidgeVICOpen
43Steven PrykeVICOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
44Lindsay PrykeVICOpen
45Jason DeenenVICOpen
46Jon ClisbyVICOpen
47Tom McbrideACTOpen
48Peter BalzanVICOpen
49Peter WhelanVICOpen
50Sean MennenVICFirst Timer
51Bogdan ZisuVICOpen
52Alexander ForbesVICOpenMaster's (60-64)
53Rick MassieVICOpen
54Tony PettieVICOpen
55Steve ThomasVICOpen
56Kevin VartyNSWOpen
57Corey GallagherVICOpen
58Trent RogersNSWOpen
59Aaron WilliamsVICOpen
60Scott BakerVICOpen
61Jayden DihoodVICOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
62Kevin BoeseNSWOpen
63Jack GammieNSWOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
64Stephen MajeraVICOpen
65Huan TranVICOpen
66Gordon GammieNSWOpen
67Richard SomertonVICOpen
68Matt PetrieVICOpen
69Josh KlimasNSWOpen
70Mitch KingVICOpen
71Scott CarmodyACTOpen
72Nathan PreziosoVICOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
73Darren WedaVICOpen
74Robert WardVICFirst Timer
75Ben ThompsonVICOpen
Open 73
Youth (16 – under 21yrs) 6
Women's 3
Master's (60 – 64yrs) 3
Grand Master's (65 and over) 1
PA17T Tandem 0
First Time Entries 2
Table Updated July 26, 2017 2:16 pm

Important Rule Changes for 2017

There are several change to the Rules – they are marked in bold 2017 Hobie Bream Series Rules.

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Information Sheet


Early Entries Close at 1:30pm AEDT on 13/01/2017.

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

January 21 – 22, 2017.


Orbost Angling Club Marlo Shed, Foreshore Road, Marlo.

No Fishing

Monday 9th January up to and including Thursday 19th January.

No Go Zones

Outside the mouth of the river.

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 at briefing.

Session Times

Day 1 7:00am – 2:30pm.

Day 2 Session time will be announced at briefing.

Briefing Location

Orbost Angling Club Marlo Shed, Foreshore Road, Marlo.

Launch Location

Orbost Angling Club Marlo Shed, Foreshore Road, Marlo.

Weigh In Site

Orbost Angling Club Marlo Shed, Foreshore Road, Marlo.

Official Accommodation

Marlo Caravan Park & Motel (03) 5154 8226.

Dealer Support

Alpine Country Tackle World Sale.

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