Ecogear Round 13: Nelson, Victoria/South Australia

10 – 11 September 2016

Congratulations to Ben Phayer from Victoria with his win at Round 13 of the Hobie® Fishing Bream Series 10th – 11th September, Nelson Victoria/South Australia.

Round Info

Information Sheet


Event Date
10th – 11th September.
No Fishing
Monday 29th August up to and including Thursday 8th September.
Pre-fish Day
Pre-fishing will be allowed on Friday 9th September.
Session Times
7:00am – 2:30pm
Registration Times
6:00am till 6:30am
Registration Location
The Boat Ramp, Killett Street, Nelson, VIC.
Briefing Times
Briefing Location
The Boat Ramp, Killett Street, Nelson, VIC.
Launch Location
The Boat Ramp, Killett Street, Nelson, VIC.
Weigh In Site
Nelson Tavern carpark,37 Killett Street, Nelson, VIC.
No Go Zone
Mud Lake and Crossing of the bar at Glenelg River.
Dealer Support
Action Kayak & Sails 290 Princes Hwy, Corio VIC 3214 info@kayakandsail.com.au
More Information
Contact Us
Purchase your Victorian recreational fishing licence online
Fishing Rules
Nelson Hobie Fishing Event Site

To create even more interest and excitement in the 2016 Hobie Kayak Bream Series, as well as, the usual open scoring system with its amazing prize payouts, Hobie Fishing has introduced new divisions in all tournaments for the coming season.


  • Youth (16 – under 21yrs)
  • Women’s
  • Masters (60 – 64yrs)
  • Grand Masters (65 and over)

There must be a minimum of three anglers entered in a division for a winner to be declared and a sponsor prize pack to be awarded. An angler must have caught and weighed-in a minimum of one legal fish to be declared the divisional winner. All divisional entrants are still eligible to win prize payouts and prize packs in the main field of anglers.

If you are entering a Hobie Kayak Bream Series tournament for the first time you have the option of a to have a First Timer Entry. The requirement of being an ABT member waivered and you will NOT be required to pay an entry fee.

“First Timer Entrants”, are not eligible for prizes and your scores will not be recorded. As a new angler to the series you may still register with ABT and pay your entry fee, and be eligible, like all other entrants, for prize pool payouts and sponsor prize packs.

Your entry form and payment shall be completed by Friday the week before the event (7 days) to avoid the late payment penalty.

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

 First NameLast NameStateDivision
1RaymondCamilleriSouth AustraliaOpenFirst Timer
2PaulWhiteheadSouth AustraliaOpenMaster's (60-64)
6BenHarrisonSouth AustraliaOpen
7RhettGillSouth AustraliaOpen
9TobySawfordSouth AustraliaFirst Timer
10AndrewVideonSouth AustraliaOpen
11AlexWhiteheadSouth AustraliaOpen
12DavidShorterVictoriaFirst Timer
14StevenPrykeVictoriaOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
17NeilHutchinsSouth AustraliaOpen
18NathanPreziosoVictoriaOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
20KurtWarmingtonSouth AustraliaFirst Timer
21GaryHansonVictoriaOpenMaster's (60-64)
24TonyCurwenVictoriaOpenMaster's (60-64)
37MarkWhiteheadSouth AustraliaOpen
Open 35
Youth (16 – under 21yrs) 2
Women's 0
Master's (60 – 64yrs) 3
Grand Master's (65 and over) 0
PA17T Tandem 0
First Time Entries 4
Table Updated September 5, 2016 10:31 am








1Ben PhayerVICO3.001.703.$1120.00 Plus Sponsors Prize Pack
2Corey GallagherVICO3.$670.00 Plus Sponsors Prize Pack
3Nathan PreziosoVICY3.$400.00 Plus Sponsors Prize Pack
4Steven PrykeVICY2.001.322.001.714.003.03$270.00 Plus Sponsors Prize Pack
5Richard SomertonVICO3.001.652.001.315.002.96$200.00 Plus Sponsors Prize Pack
6Alex WhiteheadSAO3.
7Neil CarstairsVICO1.000.453.001.931.484.002.38Mortgage Corp Monster Mover
8David AytonVICO2.001.371.000.963.002.33
9Jon ClisbyVICO2.$100.00 Hogs Breath Café Boss Hog Big Bream
10Tony PettieVICO2.
11Mitch KingVICO2.000.762.
12Gary HansonVICM2.
13Jason DeenenVICO1.000.562.000.873.001.43
14Chesney FungVICO2.001.352.001.35
15Tony CurwenVICM2.
16Peter BalzanVICO2.
17Kurt WarmingtonSAFTC2.000.992.000.99
18Ben HarrisonSAO1.000.941.000.94
19Matt PetrieVICO1.000.711.000.71
20Sam BeavisVICO1.000.701.000.70
21Paul WhitheadSAO1.000.621.000.62
22Bogdan ZisuVICO1.000.571.000.57
23Paul HardimanACTO1.000.541.000.54
24Aaron WilliamsVICO1.000.441.000.44
25David ShanahanVICO1.000.351.000.35
26Neil HutchinsSAO
26Lindsay PrykeVICO
26Rhett GillSAO
26Grant HockingVicO
26Richard PattersonVICO
26Glenn SheldonVICO
26Kyle PettieVICO
26Mark WhiteheadSAO
26Raymond CamilleriSAFTC
26Toby SawfordSAFTC
26David ShorterVICFTC
26Andrew VideonSAO

Day Two on the water

Day Two Morning

Day One

Final Report

Anglers faced a number of challenges this weekend in the Ecogear round of the Hobie® Kayak Bream Series at Nelson, Victoria. This event was always going to be a challenge to the anglers because of the unseasonal forecasted rain in this area. Upon arriving in Nelson the colour of the water wasn’t bad considering the heavy rain over the past weeks. Further rain was predicted for the pre-fish and during the competition days within the Glenelg River catchment. This newly added rain caused the Glenelg River to go from a flood watch on Saturday to a Major flood warning issued late on Sunday morning after the tournament day had started. The increasing amount of fresh water in the system and the lack of salt water made fishing more challenging as the tournament commenced. Twenty one anglers caught fish on Saturday and only sixteen weighed fish on Sunday which was testament to the deteriorating conditions during the event. Both Bream and Estuary perch were holding up in the deeper channels and holes where the sounders were showing a definite line where the fresh water finished and the salt started. Most of the fish were caught south from Nelson main boat ramp through to the heads. In particular to the south and west of Oxbow lake.

Winning Ways

Ben Phayer from Victoria took out the top podium spot with his 6/6 bag at 3.84kg. Ben used his Power-pole shallow water anchor to hold his position and allow him to cast into the deeper channels close to the entrance of the river. Corey Gallagher from Victoria held on to his day one second place position with his 5/6 Bream bag for 3.60kg. Corey concentrated on the main channels to the south of Oxbow Lake, casting up on to the shallow edges from a deep water position. Day one leader Nathan Perzioso also from Victoria took out third place as well as the youth division with his 5/6 bag for 3.10kg

Winning Tackle

Ben Phayer

  • Rod: Strike Pro NanoEdge 1 – 3 kg
  • Reel: Daiwa Sol 2004
  • Line: Strike Pro 6lb Armour Braid
  • Leader: Strike Pro 4lb Flurocarbon leader line
  • Lures: Strike Pro Hummer Vibe in purple and Strike Pro Cyber Vibe Crank

“Both days I was throwing Strike Pro Hummer vibe and worked it up the bank. I used the Hummer Vibe in the new Purple Colour and the Strike Pro Cyber Crank Deep. Both lures had purple in them so it seemed that purple was the one colour that was working”. Corey Gallagher

  • Rod: Gekkabijin
  • Reel: Daiwa Certate
  • Line: Unitika 4lb
  • Leader: Fc rock 4lb
  • Lure: Strike Pro Astro vibe

“Basically I threw Astro Vibes all weekend. I threw them because they were the heaviest thing I had so I wanted them to get down quick and sit on the bottom. I would give them small little hops and drag it along the bottom.


During the Hobie Bream series this year we have introduced a number of new divisions. The division winners from this round were Nathan Prezioso taking out the youth division (under 21 years old) with his 3.10 kg, Garry Hanson took out the Masters Division (60 – 64 years old) with his 1.52 kg bag and Kurt Warmington won the First Time Entry division with his two fish bag weighing .99 kg. The Hogs Breath Café Boss Hog Big Bream was won by Jon Clisby with his respectable 1.12 kg bream.

Next Up

The last qualifying round for this season is next month at Bribie Island in Queensland . Many anglers that haven’t secured their Australian Championship spot yet will be making the journey north to hook up with a Queensland Bream or two and hopefully an invite to the Australian Championships. This year the Australian Championship arena will be the iconic Gold Coast in Southern Queensland. For more information please go to www.hobiefishing.com.au

Day One Report

Day one of the Ecogear round of the Hobie® Fishing Bream Series finished up with mixed results as some anglers, not all struggled with the waterway after some minor flooding. Those anglers that did get fish got some crackers with Jon Clisby from Victoria weighing in the Hogs Breath Café, BOSS HOG BREAM at 1.12 kgs. While Jon only weighed in two fish from a three fish bag limit, his two fish still lands him in third place with a 2.06 bag. In second place, Corey Gallagher also from Victoria with 3/3 for 2.13 kgs and at the top of the leader board is Nathan Prezioso with 3/3 and a bag weight of 2.2 kgs. Nathan is also in the running for the youth division (under 21). The weather forecasts for Sunday is looking good with winds easing and a better tide window for anglers to catch fish that seem to be pushing in with the tide and saltier water as well as the easing of the flood current going out. The last thirty minutes today rewarded a good number of anglers and helped them fill the required bag limit (three fish) while other made good upgrades. Our prediction is that like today, most of the field will head down to the mouth of the system chasing better water conditions (more salt) due to the flood conditions which is present at the moment. The anglers meeting is at 6:30 AEST Sunday morning with the final weigh in starting at 2:30 AEST. Right now, anyone in the 15 we feel have a chance to take home the Ecogear round of the series.



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