Pro Lure Round 7. St Georges Basin, NSW.

May 20-21, 2017. St Georges Basin, New South Wales.

Pro Lure Round 7 of Hobie Kayak Bream Series 9 sees the Hobie Road Show return to a favourite on the New South Wales, South Coast, St Georges Basin.

Series 9 Rules

Round Info

Round Sponsor


Pro Lure Australia

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Information Sheet


Early Entries Close at midnight AEST on 12/05/2017.

  • Early Entry: $100.00
  • Late Entry: $140.00
  • On the Day Entry: $140.00


May 20-21, 2017.


St Georges Basin
Basin View Reserve, off Basin View Parade, Basin View, NSW

No Fishing

Monday 8th May up to and including Thursday 18th May.

No Go Zones

No crossing of the bar at Sussex Inlet

Registration Times

Day 1 6:00am.

Day 2 Registration time will be announced on Day 1.

Briefing Times

Day 1 6:30am.

Day 2 Briefing time will be announced on Day 1.

Session Times

Day 1 7:00am – 2:30pm.

Day 2 Session time will be announced on Day 1.

Briefing, Launch And Weigh-in Location

St Georges Basin
Basin View Reserve, off Basin View Parade, Basin View, NSW.

Hobie Dealer Support

Totally Immersed Watersports

More Information

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

1Peter BalzanVICOpen
2Cedric LopezNSWFirst Timer
3Doug BakerNSWOpen
4Gary HansonVICOpen
5James KilpatrickNSWOpen
6Geoff AlfordACTOpen
7David AytonVICOpen
8Darryl Head & Kobin RaskerNSWTandem
9Lex CourtNSWOpen
10Paul HardimanACTOpen
11Mark YoungNSWOpen
12Michael Walker NSWOpen
13Mick Coggins & Jason LambertNSWTandem
14Glenn AllenNSWOpen
15Steven PrykeVICOpen
16Lindsay PrykeVICOpen
17Tony PettieVICOpen
19Tim OlsenACTOpen
20Trent RogersNSWOpen
21Kayle RattenburyNSWOpen
22Tameika PurnellNSWOpen
23Chris PurnellNSWOpen
24Leah KeelNSWOpen
25Arthur AmiesNSWOpen
26Andrew MoloneyACTOpen
27Greg RigbyNSWOpen
28Jason ReidNSWOpen
29Danny JobsonNSWOpen
30Gordon GammieNSWOpen
31Jack GammieNSWOpen
32Matt JorgensenNSWOpen
33Chesney FungVICOpen
34Carl DuboisNSWOpen
35Simon MorleyNSWOpen
36Lex IrwinNSWOpen
37Jonathan ChenACTOpen
38Michelle CarmodyNSWOpen
39Cullen DiMattina & Francis DiMattinaNSWTandem
40Warren AllenNSWOpen
41Rod PickeringWAOpen
42Phillip HamiltonNSWOpen
43Mitchell BashamNSWOpen
44Scott MarcinkowskiNSWOpen
45Andew DeathNSWOpen
46Anthony KalsowNSWOpen
47Richard SomertonVICOpen
48Kane TerryNSWOpen
49Richard BensonNSWOpen
50Josh KlimasNSWOpen
51Brian HuntNSWOpen
52David ShanahanVICOpen
53Cameron StarrNSWOpen
54Kevin BoeseNSWOpen
55Jason DeenenVICOpen
56Paul DunlopNSWOpen
57Shane HahesyNSWOpen
58Michael GarrickNSWOpen
59Warren ForbesNSWOpen
60Connor BarrattNSWFirst Timer
61Byron HillNSWOpen
62Dane PryceNSWOpen
Youth (16 – under 21yrs) 3
Masters (60 – 64yrs)2
Grand Masters (65 and over) 0
PA17T Tandem3
First Time Entries3
Open Youth (16 - under 18yrs) Women Master (60 - 64yrs) Grand Master (65 and over) PA17T Tandem First Timers
56 1 1 0 1 4 2








1Richard SomertonVICO43.2143.3986.6$1750 Plus Sponsor Prize Pack
2Byron HillNSWO42.442.9485.34$910 Plus Sponsor Prize Pack
3Scott MarcinkowskiNSWO42.2342.9885.21$590 Plus Sponsor Prize Pack
4Chesney FungVICO42.4642.5785.03$270 Plus Sponsor Prize Pack
5Michael WalkerNSWO42.9242.0684.98$230 Plus Sponsor Prize Pack
6Steven PrykeVICY42.6442.2184.85$200 Plus Sponsor Prize Pack
7Warren AllenNSWO42.7942.0584.84$180 Plus Sponsor Prize Pack
8Tony PettieVICO42.9441.8284.76$160 Plus Sponsor Prize Pack
9Brian HuntNSWO42.4642.384.76$140 Plus Sponsor Prize Pack
10Simon MorleyNSWO42.2742.4784.74$110 Plus Sponsor Prize Pack
11Josh KlimasNSWO42.4542.1984.64
12Tameika PurnellNSWW42.4642.1584.61
13Jonathan ChenACTO42.594284.59
14Kevin BoeseNSWO41.9942.5684.55
* 15Kayle RattenburyNSWY42.5342.0184.54
16Glenn AllenNSWO42.0542.4884.53
17Christopher PurnellNSWO42.0142.4484.45
18Richard BensonNSWO42.1442.2784.41
19Paul DunlopNSWO42.3142.0984.4
20Jack GammieNSWY42.0142.2984.3
21David ShanahanVICO42.2342.0284.25
22Carl DuboisNSWO41.8342.3784.2
23Trent RogersNSWO41.8742.3384.2
24Geoff AlfordACTO41.942.2684.16
25Anthony KalsowNSWO42.1741.9384.1
26Arthur AmiesNSWO42.241.8384.03
27Lex CourtNSWM42.2441.7583.99
28Jason ReidNSWO42.5231.4473.96
29Danny JobsonNSWO42.0141.7883.79
30Lex IrwinQLDM41.7741.9783.74
31Jason DeenenVICO31.7131.7763.48
32Kane TerryNSWO42.8410.5153.35
33James KilpatrickNSWO41.8431.4873.32
34Doug BakerNSWO41.921.3563.25
35Mark YoungNSWO31.3441.7773.11
36Lindsay PrykeVICO41.641.5183.11
37Michelle CarmodyNSWW31.2641.7573.01
38Peter BalzanVICO21.0131.8752.88
39Gary HansonVICM41.9120.8462.75
40Paul DavidsonVICO20.7631.9652.72
41Michael GarrickNSWO20.9221.2642.18
42Paul HardimanACTO41.6910.4752.16
43Warren ForbesNSWO42.0942.09
44Matt JorgensenNSWO10.5641.4952.05
47Cameron StarrNSWO20.8321.0241.85
46Andrew DeathNSWO10.5521.231.75
47David AytonVICO21.110.6531.75
58Connor BarrattNSWFTC31.6831.68
49Leah KeelNSWW10.4431.1441.58
50Phillip HamiltonNSWO41.3441.34
51Shane HahesyNSWO10.4610.7221.18
52Mitchell BashamNSWFTC31.1131.11
* 53Dane PryceNSWO-0.0521.1321.08
54Tim OlsenACTO20.9920.99
55Gordon GammieNSWO20.7920.79
* 56Cedric LopezNSWFTC10.4610.46
57Rod PickeringNSWO0
58Andrew MoloneyACTO0
* 59Greg RigbyNSWO-0.1-0.1
* Indicates late penalty applied
Pro Angler 17t Teandem
1Darryl Head . . . Kobin RaskerNSW17T4242.3384.33
2Cullen DiMattina. . Francis DiMattinaNSW17T31.2942.4473.73
3Mick Coggins. . . Jason LambertNSW17T31.0720.9452.01
Atomic Big Bream Winner
Tony PettieVIC1.41$100
Mortgage Corp Monster Mover
Warren ForbesNSWO2.09
Division Winners
17TDarryl Head . . . Kobin RaskerNSW4242.3384.33
FTCConnor BarrattNSW31.6831.68
MLex CourtNSW42.2441.7583.99
WTameika PurnellNSW42.4642.1584.61
YSteven PrykeVIC42.6442.2184.85

The Winners

Day Two Afternoon

Day Two Morning

Day One Afternoon

Day One Morning

Set Up and Pre Fish Day


A St Georges Basin round record of 64 anglers competed in Pro Lure round 7 of Hobie® Kayak Bream Series 9 over the May 20-21 weekend.

Anglers travelled from Queensland (QLD), Victoria (VIC), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and throughout New South Wales (NSW), to the Shoalhaven region of the NSW south coast, despite predictions of horrendous weather over the weekend. While pre-fish was thwarted by inclement weather conditions, there was a dramatic improvement from the moment anglers left the Power-Pole Starting Line on day one with the clearing skies developing into a perfect weekend, with an excellent bite to match.

It was a fantastic weekend of camaraderie and just plain fun, being out in a magnificent environment doing what anglers love to do most, fishing! Competitors were chasing Angler of the Year Points (AOY), excellent cash payouts, superb sponsor prize packs and looking to build up points to qualify to represent Australia at Hobie Fishing Worlds 7. At registration on day one all anglers were hugely impressed to receive an unexpected gift from Pro Lure, an S36 Pro Lure Crank in Matt Black, and in the end for one angler, it turned out to be the lure that caught the largest fish of the tournament.

Three teams were competing in Hobie Pro Angler 17Ts, which made their first appearance in a Hobie Kayak Bream Series event. Three first timers joined the ranks of the seasoned competitors and the Women’s, Youth and Masters Divisions were once again extremely competitive.

Congratulations to all competitors for a superb tournament and those that topped their divisions, but the major accolades go to the top three in the Open Division, Richard Somerton first place, Byron Hill second and Scott Marcinkowski in third place.

Day One Fish Caught – 177
Day One Anglers with Fish – 59 of 64
Day Two Fish Caught – 195
Day Two Anglers with Fish – 57 of 64
Total Fish Caught – 372
Total Weight – 197.44 kg
Total cash payout – $4 640


After holding the lead at the close of day one, Richard Somerton from Mount Martha in Victoria, continued his stellar form and took out the tournament with a convincing win, 1.26kg ahead of his nearest rival. Somerton bagged 4 fish for 3.21kg on day one and another 4 for 3.39kg on the final day of competition, with a total two day accumulated 8 fish bag of 6.60kg. His victory won him a hefty sponsor prize pack and $1750 for his effort, and rocketed him to an almost certain place on the team for the next Hobie Fishing World Championship.

Somerton gave a brief rundown of his weekend.

“After pre-fish I found a couple of banks that had fish on it, so on day one I headed up to Kangaroo Point and fished some structure all along there. I was honing-in on the trees that had a lot of shags in them, which seemed to be a bit of a key this weekend. I also found fish in general structure as well, throwing a Cranka Crab, first in cockle and then I changed to an olive that I customised with a black marker pen and that seemed to be a bit better this weekend. From there I moved around to a couple of other banks throughout the day just rotating between them. I came in early on the day because I had a pretty good bag, but I went back out just for a bit of a look around for day two.”

“On the second day of the event I headed straight back to ‘Kangaroo’, I stopped briefly on a bit of a hummock, then I left Jack Gammie there and headed back in shore. I had my bag by about 8am and my first upgrade came about 10 to 15 minutes later. Once I finished there I started to roam around picking up a few legals here and there. Then late in the day, just around from One Tree, I got a nice kilo upgrade and that really pulled my bag along. That was my day in a nutshell. I was using the same techniques as day one, although I did throw a Gulp Shrimp which got me that 1kg fish late this afternoon.”

Rod: 7ft 1-4kg Duffrods Hystix
Reel: Daiwa Freams 2000
Line: Daiwa TD Sensor 8lb
Leader: FC Rock 8lb
Lure: Cranka Crab in Olive (with a customised black touch up)


Second placed finisher was Byron Hill, from Newcastle in New South Wales. After a solid day one sitting in 14th position, the RAAF pilot jumped 12 places to make it onto the podium and his best ever tournament result. Hill bagged a day one total of 2.40kg for 4 fish and followed it up with 4 for 2.94kg on day two. His 8 fish coming in at 5.34kg, and winning him a prize purse of $910 and an excellent sponsor prize pack and substantial AOY points.

Hill had the following to say about his tournament.

“I had no prior benefit from the pre-fish so I spent the first part of the morning observing a number of other anglers hitting a shallow bank. I then hit it myself, but there weren’t any fish there and I decided it wasn’t going to work for me on the weekend, so I made the decision quite quickly to move into the deep. I went there and I had my bag by 8 o’clock, just vibing somewhere between 4 to 6 metres. I upgraded the bag a couple of times getting up to the 2.40 kg that I ended up weighing in. I wanted to save the spot I had been working for day two, so I ventured out and started working other places looking for fish. I didn’t really find many other spots, maybe another two, that ended up not producing anything for me on day two. But to be quite honest day one was really fun for me with back to basics fishing.”

“On day two I went to the spot that produced the fish for me the day before. It’s on the western side of those two islands in St Georges Basin. Again, it was the same depth of water, I was vibing again and that produced 12 or so odd fish that ended up giving me a 2 and a half kilo bag. I really had to push hard for those extra few hundred grams. After 11 o’clock I didn’t really get much. I started to move around and the spot I had been working had become quite busy so I had to leave it to relive some pressure and I did so that a few times during the day.”

“Finally, I really couldn’t do any of this without the endless support of my beautiful wife Maddie.”

Rod: Daiwa TD Commander 1-3kg
Reel: Daiwa Silver Wolf 2506
Line: Daiwa TD Sensor 4lb
Leader: FC Rock 4lb
Lure: Samaki Vibelicious in Chartreuse Pink Head

Scott Marcinkowski from Cordeaux Heights in NSW bagged out on day one with 2.23kg on day two he had a 2.98kg bag giving him a total of 8 bream weighing in at 5.21kg. Scott picked up a major sponsor prize pack a $590 cash payout and 98 AOY points.


The Atomic Big Bream was won by the 8th placegetter in the Open Division, Tony Pettie from Traralgon in Victoria. Pettie landed a massive 1.41kg bream aboard his Hobie kayak. The impressive fish was the largest caught in the tournament where there were plentiful other bream caught weighing in over 1kg. Pettie caught the monster on the Pro Lure S36 Crank in Matt Black that he received at registration.

Rod: Hurricane 69R Light Series
Reel: Daiwa Freams 2500
Line: Sunline 8lb
Leader: FC Rock 5lb
Lure: Pro Lure S36 Crank in Matt Black


Youth Division
Steven Pryke from Lakes Entrance in Victoria, had a day one bag of 4 for 2.64kg and on day two he brought back 4 fish for 2.21kg totalling 4.85kg over the two days. Steven finished in 6th place in the Open Division.

Womens Division
The winning woman was Tameika Purnell from Sanctuary Point in New South Wales, with a day one bag of 4 for 2.46kg and day two 4 for 2.15kg totalling 4.61kg. Tameika had her best tournament performance finishing in 12th position overall.

Masters Division
Lex Court from Davistown in New South Wales was the best performing Master with day one 4 for 2.24kg and day two 4 for 1.75kg totalling 4.85kg.

Pro Angler 17T Division
Darryl Head and Kobin Rasker from Basin View in New South Wales had an 8 fish two-day bag of 4.33kg to bring back to the weigh-in the largest team bag for the 17T tandem kayaks.

First Timers
Connor Barratt 3 for 1.68kg.


Warren Forbes from NSW took home the Mortgage Corp power pack, jumping up from no fish on day one to pick up 4 fish for 2.09kg on the second day of the tournament.


Well done to the team from Totally Immersed Watersports in South Nowra for their dealer support and for the delicious curry and rice on Saturday and the exceptional burgers on Sunday.

Thank you to our sponsors Daiwa, Berkley, Atomic, Lowrance, Rhino-Rack, Strike Pro, TT Lures, Pro Lure, JML Anglers Alliance, Mortgage Corp, Power-Pole, Hobie Polarized for their endless support.



Early this morning 64 anglers blasted off from the Power Pole starting line on St Georges Basin, New South Wales in Pro Lure round 7 of Hobie® Kayak Bream Series 9 presented by Daiwa.

It was a record number of competitors for a round contested on “The Basin”, with anglers from Queensland (Qld), Victoria (VIC), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and New South Wales (NSW), ignoring predictions of horrendous weather and heading to the Shoalhaven region of NSW for the tournament. They came chasing Angler of the Year Points (AOY), enticing cash payouts, fully loaded sponsor prize packs and a chance to build points to qualify for the Australian Team and compete against the world’s best at Hobie Fishing Worlds 7. A number of first time anglers were out there getting a feel for what tournament fishing is all about, and 3 teams competing in Hobie Pro Angler 17Ts set the standard for an exciting new aspect to the kayak tournament fishing scene.

Yesterday’s pre-fish day was marred by consistent rain that reduced many anglers time on the water, but from the results on today’s Rhino-Rack Leaderboard they were able to formulate effective plans of attack for today’s competition.

Heavy rain continued to belt down overnight but had fizzled itself out by the start of competition this morning. At the start a slight drizzle fell as anglers headed to their preferred locations, and from that point, the sky continued to clear of threats of further rain. Nevertheless, a helpful cloud cover persisted and by mid morning the early glassy conditions gave way, as a light breeze puffed up and rippled across “the Basin’, shifting from the NW around to ESE through mid morning and into the early afternoon.

The bite for many started as soon as they began to cast, with one angler filling his four fish bag with his first 15 casts. The reports from across the waterway were the same, full or near full bags with a number of hours to go before anglers were required to be back at the Hobie Polarized event site. Upgrades were common and some impressive sized fish were brought aboard the fleet of Hobie kayaks. Many bream were around the 800g mark, and the sizable number of over 1kg battled it out for the biggest fish of the day. Eventually, Tony Pettie weighed in a 1.41kg monster and he leads the Atomic Big Bream for this round.

The day one overall leader is world number 2, from Mount Martha in Victoria, Richard Somerton on 3.21kg. Sitting in second place is multi Australian representative, and like Somerton another angler having an incredible 2017 series, Tony Pettie from Victoria on 2.94kg. In third place, and taking it right up to the big names, is Michael Walker from New South Wales with and impressive 2.92kg bag of 4 fish.

Tomorrow anglers will, once again, be chasing a 4 fish bag, and with the weather set to improve further, all anglers sitting in the top half of the Rhino-Rack Leader Board, have an excellent chance of taking out a podium finish.

As the sun rises tomorrow anglers register at 6:00am for a 6:30am briefing and a 7am start. At 2:30pm (AEST) a live stream broadcast of the weigh-in and presentation will be broadcast on the Hobie Fishing Australasia Facebook page and simultaneously on hobiefishing.com.au.

At around 3:45pm on Sunday we will know the winner of Pro Lure round 7 of Hobie Kayak Bream Series 9.



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