round 01 bemm river series 11 2019

Strike Pro Round 1. Bemm River, Victoria 2019

January 12-13, 2019. Bemm River

The Hobie Kayak Fishing Series 11 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!

Series 11 Rules

Round Info

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Information Sheet


Early Entries Close at midnight AEDT on 4 January 2019.

  • Early Entry: $100.00
  • Late Entry: $145.00


January 12-13, 2018.


Bemm River foreshore, Sydenham Parade, Bemm River.

No Fishing

Monday 31st December up to and including Thursday 10th January.

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 6:20am.

Day 2 Briefing time will be announced on Day 1.

Session Times

Day 1 Session time will be announced at briefing (see 2019 Rules, item 16).

Day 2 Session time will be announced at briefing (see 2019 Rules, item 16).

Briefing, Launch And Weigh-in Location

Bemm River foreshore, Sydenham Parade, Bemm River.

Dealer Support

Hobie Cat Asia Pacific

More Information

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

1Bruno PelleVICOpen
2Gary HansonVICOpenMaster's (60-64)
3Paul WhiteheadSAOpenMaster's (60-64)
4Malcolm HallidayNSWOpen
5Peter BalzanVICOpen
6Tom McLeanNSWOpenGrand Master's (65 and over)
7Rhett GillSAOpen
8Jeremy ThomasNSWOpen
9Neville EnrightNSWOpen
10Byron HillNSWOpen
11James HallidayQLDOpenGrand Master's (65 and over)
12David AytonVICOpen
13Lex ForbesVICOpenMaster's (60-64)
14Adriano TosoliniNSWOpen
15John RaoVICOpen
16Nathan WrightVICOpen
17Bill WoodsNSWOpenMaster's (60-64)
18Ruth BeebyVICOpenWomen's
19Paul HardimanACTOpen
20Epineha CribbNSWOpen
21Grant HockingVICOpen
22Nathan DowlingNSWOpen
23David ShanahanVICOpen
24Neil HutchinsSAOpen
25Brian DawsonVICOpen
26John EllisNSWOpenGrand Master's (65 and over)
27Corey GallagherVICOpen
28Simon McguireACTOpen
29Michael HallidayQLDOpen
30Brett CroweNSWOpen
31Nick MaceVICOpen
32Chris MillerSAOpen
33Shannon HushNSWOpen
34Brian MaissinNSWOpen
35Tomas McIntoshVICOpen
36Alex WhiteheadSAOpen
37Brendan PieschelNSWOpen
38Stephen MajeraVICOpen
39Lindsay PrykeVICOpen
40Steven PrykeVICOpen
41Tony CurwenVICOpenMaster's (60-64)
42Shane HahesyNSWOpen
43Wayne SederlanVICOpen
44Brendan SmithVICOpen
45Andrew HancoxNSWOpen
46Raymon CooperVICOpenMaster's (60-64)
47Joshua DaveySAOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
48Rick MassieVICOpen
49Kevin VartyNSWOpen
50Michelle CarmodyQLDOpenWomen's
51Ashley PumpSAOpen
52Dennis VillamorVICOpen
53Scott BoydVICOpen
54Simon MorleyNSWOpen
55Jon ChenACTOpen
56Carl EvertonVICOpen
57Jon ClisbyVICOpen
58Justine TomineyNSWOpenWomen's
59Liam McneillyNSWOpen
60Zachary MorozoffNSWOpen
61Matt PetrieVICOpen
62Cullen Di MattinaNSWOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
63Francis Di MattinaNSWOpen
64Christopher NeillNSWOpen
65Sean HillNSWOpen
66Suzanne SiranovicVICOpenWomen's
67Steve WheelerVICOpen
68Brad SmithSAOpen
69Dale BaxterVICOpen
70Carl DuboisNSWOpen
71David HedgeNSWOpen
72Toby SawfordSAOpen
73Matt JorgensenNSWOpen
74Jack GammieNSWOpen
75Gordon GammieNSWOpen
76Chris PurnellNSWOpen
77Jamie Bowden
Tammy Arnold
NSWOpenPro Angler 17T (Tandem Event)
78Tameika PurnellNSWOpenWomen's
79Bruce RollinsVICOpen
80Richard PattersonVICOpen
81Kayle RattenburyNSWOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
82Kevin BoeseNSWOpen
83Paul DunlopNSWOpen
84Ben ThompsonVICOpenGrand Master's (65 and over)
85Alex HawkesVICOpen
86Doug BakerNSWOpen
87James KilpatrickNSWOpen
88Jason DeenenVICOpen
89Tony PettieVICOpen
90Robert ChambersNSWOpenGrand Master's (65 and over)
91Cedric LopezNSWOpen
92Photi KaoullasVICOpenYouth (16 - under 21)
93Scott MarcinkowskiNSWOpen
94Darrin HaywoodNSWOpen
95Josh KlimasNSWOpen
96Lachlan GammieNSWFirst Timer
97Brian HuntNSWOpen
98Martyn GittensVICOpen
Open Youth (16 - under 18yrs) Women Master (60 - 64yrs) Grand Master (65 and over) PA17T Tandem First Timers
97 4 5 6 5 1 1








1Tony PettieVICOpen32.25 kg33.10 kg65.35 kg5.35 kg$2820.00
2Nathan WrightVICOpen32.45 kg32.77 kg65.22 kg5.22 kg$1470.00
3Mitch KingVICOpen31.77 kg33.15 kg64.92 kg4.92 kg$950.00
4Kevin VartyNSWOpen32.32 kg32.60 kg64.92 kg4.92 kg$440.00
5Brian HuntNSWOpen31.80 kg32.94 kg64.74 kg4.74 kg$370.00
6Corey GallagherVICOpen32.11 kg32.63 kg64.74 kg4.74 kg$330.00
7Steven PrykeVICOpen32.28 kg32.39 kg64.67 kg4.67 kg$290.00
8Dale BaxterVICOpen32.30 kg32.32 kg64.62 kg4.62 kg$260.00
9David ShanahanVICOpen31.95 kg32.56 kg64.51 kg4.51 kg$220.00
10James KilpatrickNSWOpen32.31 kg32.03 kg64.34 kg4.34 kg$180.00
11Zachary MorozoffNSWOpen32.45 kg31.88 kg64.33 kg4.33 kg
12Ben ThompsonVICOpen32.67 kg31.61 kg64.28 kg4.28 kg
13Carl DuboisNSWOpen32.14 kg32.13 kg64.27 kg4.27 kg
14Josh KlimasNSWOpen32.26 kg31.88 kg64.14 kg4.14 kg
15Tom McLeanNSWGrand Master's (65 and over)32.01 kg32.11 kg64.12 kg4.12 kg
16Dennis VillamorVICOpen32.07 kg31.81 kg63.88 kg3.88 kg
17Jack GammieNSWOpen31.99 kg31.88 kg63.87 kg3.87 kg
18Paul DunlopNSWOpen21.56 kg32.30 kg53.86 kg3.86 kg
19David AytonVICOpen31.48 kg32.36 kg63.84 kg3.84 kg
20Jason DeenenVICOpen31.97 kg31.81 kg63.78 kg3.78 kg
21Kayle RattenburyNSWYouth (16 - under 21)31.56 kg32.19 kg63.75 kg3.75 kg
22Rhett GillSAOpen21.07 kg32.67 kg53.74 kg3.74 kg
23Andrew HancoxNSWOpen32.16 kg31.58 kg63.74 kg3.74 kg
24Francis Di MattinaNSWOpen31.38 kg32.29 kg63.67 kg3.67 kg
25Byron HillNSWOpen21.40 kg32.26 kg53.66 kg3.66 kg
26Jon ChenACTOpen31.77 kg31.85 kg63.62 kg3.62 kg
27Jon ClisbyVICOpen31.89 kg31.71 kg63.60 kg3.60 kg
28Michael HallidayQLDOpen31.51 kg32.06 kg63.57 kg3.57 kg
29Jeremy ThomasNSWOpen21.67 kg31.85 kg53.52 kg3.52 kg
30Joshua DaveySAYouth (16 - under 21)32.02 kg31.46 kg63.48 kg3.48 kg
31Simon MorleyNSWOpen31.85 kg31.59 kg63.44 kg3.44 kg
32Gary HansonVICMasters (60-64)31.90 kg21.49 kg53.39 kg3.39 kg
33Scott BoydVICOpen31.30 kg31.94 kg63.24 kg3.24 kg
34Matt PetrieVICOpen31.47 kg31.76 kg63.23 kg3.23 kg
35Alex HawkesVICOpen21.50 kg31.71 kg53.21 kg3.21 kg
36David HedgeNSWOpen31.94 kg21.26 kg53.20 kg3.20 kg
37John RaoVICOpen31.73 kg21.47 kg53.20 kg3.20 kg
38Kevin BoeseNSWOpen31.72 kg31.43 kg63.15 kg3.15 kg
39Ruth BeebyVICWomen's21.52 kg21.49 kg43.01 kg3.01 kg
40Brendan PieschelNSWOpen31.76 kg21.20 kg52.96 kg2.96 kg
41Cullen Di MattinaNSWYouth (16 - under 21)31.37 kg31.50 kg62.87 kg2.87 kg
42Epineha CribbNSWOpen11.06 kg31.75 kg42.81 kg2.81 kg
43Lindsay PrykeVICOpen31.97 kg10.76 kg42.73 kg2.73 kg
44Alex WhiteheadSAOpen32.64 kg32.64 kg2.64 kg
45Toby SawfordSAOpen10.63 kg31.97 kg42.60 kg2.60 kg
46Bruce RollinsVICOpen21.03 kg21.57 kg42.60 kg2.60 kg
47Bruno PelleVICOpen10.49 kg32.03 kg42.52 kg2.52 kg
48Tameika PurnellNSWWomen's10.62 kg21.75 kg32.37 kg2.37 kg
49Cedric LopezNSWOpen20.99 kg11.29 kg32.28 kg2.28 kg
50Tomas McIntoshVICOpen32.26 kg32.26 kg2.26 kg
51Paul HardimanACTOpen31.50 kg10.74 kg42.24 kg2.24 kg
52Neville EnrightNSWOpen10.64 kg31.53 kg42.17 kg2.17 kg
53Darrin HaywoodNSWOpen10.45 kg31.68 kg42.13 kg2.13 kg
54Matt JorgensenNSWOpen10.50 kg31.63 kg42.13 kg2.13 kg
55Photi KaoullasVICYouth (16 - under 21)32.10 kg32.10 kg2.10 kg
56Suzanne SiranovicVICWomen's31.53 kg10.57 kg42.10 kg2.10 kg
57Justine TomineyNSWWomen's32.02 kg32.02 kg2.02 kg
58Brendan SmithVICOpen20.97 kg10.88 kg31.85 kg1.85 kg
59Nick MaceVICOpen31.77 kg31.77 kg1.77 kg
60Steve WheelerVICOpen31.64 kg31.64 kg1.64 kg
61Chris MillerSAOpen10.66 kg10.90 kg21.56 kg1.56 kg
62Liam McneillyNSWOpen31.54 kg31.54 kg1.54 kg
63Richard PattersonVICOpen31.52 kg31.52 kg1.52 kg
64Scott MarcinkowskiNSWOpen31.49 kg31.49 kg1.49 kg
65Carl EvertonVICOpen10.74 kg10.73 kg21.47 kg1.47 kg
66Sean HillNSWOpen31.46 kg31.46 kg1.46 kg
67John EllisNSWGrand Master's (65 and over)21.41 kg21.41 kg1.41 kg
68Shannon HushNSWOpen21.32 kg21.32 kg1.32 kg
69Doug BakerNSWOpen21.26 kg21.26 kg1.26 kg
70Michelle CarmodyQLDWomen's21.23 kg21.23 kg1.23 kg
71Shane HahesyNSWOpen21.11 kg21.11 kg1.11 kg
72Neil HutchinsSAOpen21.09 kg21.09 kg1.09 kg
73Grant HockingVICOpen21.08 kg21.08 kg1.08 kg
74Gordon GammieNSWOpen10.80 kg10.80 kg0.80 kg
75Brian MaissinNSWOpen10.70 kg10.70 kg0.70 kg
76Simon McguireACTOpen10.69 kg10.69 kg0.69 kg
77Brett CroweNSWOpen10.67 kg10.67 kg0.67 kg
78Lex ForbesVICMasters (60-64)10.66 kg10.66 kg0.66 kg
79Tony CurwenVICMasters (60-64)10.53 kg10.53 kg0.53 kg
80Christopher NeillNSWOpen10.50 kg10.50 kg0.50 kg
81Wayne SederlanVICOpen10.49 kg10.49 kg0.49 kg
82Paul WhiteheadSAMasters (60-64)10.46 kg10.46 kg0.46 kg
83Malcolm HallidayNSWOpen10.45 kg10.45 kg0.45 kg
84Peter BalzanVICOpen
84James HallidayQLDGrand Master's (65 and over)
84Adriano TosoliniNSWOpen
84Bill WoodsNSWMasters (60-64)
84Nathan DowlingNSWOpen
84Stephen MajeraVICOpen
84Raymon CooperVICMasters (60-64)
84Rick MassieVICOpen
84Ashley PumpSAOpen
84Robert ChambersNSWGrand Master's (65 and over)
84Martyn GittensVICOpen
84Andrew VideonSAOpen
Total Fish D1Total Weight D1Total Fish D2Total Weight D2Total FishTotal WeightAverage Weight
183115.57 kg159110.53 kg342226.10 kg0.66 kg

Atomic Big Bream Winner

Mitch KingVIC1.39 kg

Mortgage Corp Monster Mover

Alex WhiteheadSA02.64

Division Winners

Youth (16 - under 21 yrs)
Kayle RattenburyNSW31.56 kg32.19 kg63.75 kg
Ruth BeebyVIC21.52 kg21.49 kg43.01 kg
Master's (60 - 64 yrs)
Gary HansonVIC31.90 kg21.49 kg53.39 kg
Grand Master's (65 and over)
Tom McLeanNSW32.01 kg32.11 kg64.12 kg
Pro Angler 17 Tandem (Teams Event)
Jamie Bowden & Tammy ArnoldSA31.64 kg10.58 kg42.22 kg
First Time Competitors
Lachlan GammieSA10.50 kg10.50 kg

Day 2 Weigh-In

Day 1 Weigh-In

The 2019 kayak angling season began with 101 anglers pedalling off in glassy conditions, in Strike Pro round one of Hobie Kayak Bream Series 11, on Saturday January 12, at Bemm River in Victoria.
Anglers powered away from the Power-Pole starting line just on 7:00am. A light NE wind wafted across Sydenham Inlet before an expected SSW change was due somewhere between 10:00 am and 11:20am. The field split into several groups with a fairly, even mix of those heading to the north (Bemm River entrance and Mud Lake), south (Siberia), west of the start line (Bob’s Bay) and to the East towards Mahogany’s.
While most of the field was struggling to find patches of Bream, a dozen or so competitors had bagged out (3 fish in the live well) by 9:00am. In the light conditions everyone was waiting for the wind to break up the surface on the mostly glassed out waterway. The north side of Mahogany’s was producing most of the fish and eventually, the flats began to work well as the wind came up.
Conditions were slightly irregular with the water level in the river and inlet extremely high. The normal edge bite was not present with the waterline was some 100 metres further into the scrub than usual. Lures that were working early were Daiwa Double Clutches, Laydown Minnows and blading the deep water with vibes. Some success had been seen on soft plastics like Damiki Paddle Tail shads and GrubZ.
At the end of the day 77 anglers presented fish to the weigh-master with over 180 Bream caught, averaging 630g. In the running for the Atomic Big Bream was young Photi Kaoullas from Victoria (Vic) with a nice black bream weighing in at 1.14 kg. 17 anglers were sitting above 2 kilos with the leader Ben Thompson (Vic) on 2.67 kg.
Day two was shaping up to be a cracker of a day with a light easterly breeze and overcast skies greeting anglers at the start of the session. The north side of Mahogany’s produced most of the fish on Saturday and “the Flats” were where most of the fish were caught on Sunday.
There was a very early morning bite on the flats due to the high cloud coverage and wind. Some anglers had a great start putting fish in their live wells very early on, one within 3 minutes of the start. As the day wore on the wind picked up. The official forecast was mixed across different sources. When it came in, the wind hit Bemm harder than expected, increasing to an average of 16.7 knots with gusts much higher still. Most anglers handled the conditions well, and the harder the wind blew the bigger the fish, that were caught, were getting. While there was slightly less fish caught on day two, in the heavy conditions, the average size of fish was slightly bigger.
Total Legal Bream Caught Over Two Days: 342
Total Weight: 226.10kg
Average Weight of Bream: 660g
The eventual winner of the tournament was Tony Pettie from Traralgon in Victoria. Pettie had also won this event back in 2017. He outlined how he took on the Bemm “Blacks”, to collect a cool $2820 in prize money.
“On day one I fished the deeper water out from the red markers near the middle of the lake in 2.8m using Hurricane Vibz 37 in Camo Crab colour & Hurricane Sub Grub in Spawn Worm colour. In the glassed-out conditions I had caught my three Bream by 8:15am. I then managed to upgrade three times throughout the day and at weigh-in they went 2.25kg, I was sitting in 9th place”.
With the water colour change overnight, the overcast skies and the cooler conditions Pettie was able to catch about twelve legals on day two, with the average size bigger than day one.
“On day two, I had a similar plan to the first day of the tournament and I used the same lures. I started fishing at the start of the drop off and managed 1 bream on my second cast. The Hobie media boat turned up, and I hooked and landed my second bream and had my third by 7:25am. At 9:30am when the media boat turned up for a second time, I landed a 1.1kg bream. When the nasty, easterly wind started about 10:00am, I began to land some nice fish and upgraded four more times. I tried to stay out in the rough conditions but eventually gave up and came in early with a reasonable bag of fish”.
“At weigh-in my bag went to 3.10kg. That was enough to put me in 1st place”.
Rod: Hurricane
Reel: Daiwa Aird-X
Line: 6lb
Leader: 4lb FC Rock
Lure: Hurricane Vibz 37 in camo crab
For the second-place getter, Nathan Wright, from Victoria, it was a tournament like no other. He had never fished Bemm River before and “just winged it” on the new waterway. Over the two days of the event he used exactly, the same approach, mainly throwing TT Slim SwimZ in motor oil. It was also his first ever Hobie tournament, and when he first registered for the tournament online, he had to make the choice of whether to take the “First Time Entry” option, and not pay the entry fee. However, in doing so he would have to forgo any prize money he may possibly win. Luckily, Wright made the “Right” choice; he decided to pay the entry fee which placed him in the Open Division along with the other anglers vying for prize money. That wise decision ended up allowing him to go home with sweet $1470 of prize money in his pocket. The Hobie – Bemm River combination paid off!
Rod: Daiwa Infeet
Reel: Daiwa Luvias 2506
Line: 6lb
Leader: 4lb
Lure: Slim SwimZ in motor oil
The largest bream caught over the two days of each round is known as the Atomic Big Bream. At Bemm River the $100 cash prize went to Mitch King (Vic) for his 1.39kg Black Bream.
The Prize Pack for the angler who improved the most over the two days, the Mortgage Corp Monster Mover, was Alex Whitehead from South Australia. Whitehead weighed in no fish on day one, and then brought home 2.64kg on the second day of the tournament.
Youth Division (16 – under 21 yrs)
Kayle Rattenbury NSW 6 fish for 3.75kg

Women’s Division
Ruth Beeby VIC 4 fish for 3.01kg
Master’s Division (60 – 64 yrs)
Gary Hanson VIC 5 fish for 3.39kg
Grand Master’s Division (65 and over)
Tom McLean NSW 6 fish for 4.12kg
Pro Angler 17 Tandem Division (Teams Event)
Jamie Bowden & Tammy Arnold 4 fish for 2.22kg
First Time Competitors Division
Lachlan Gammie SA 1 fish for .5kg
The next round will be Mortgage Corp round two at Mallacoota in Victoria on March 2-3.
Thanks to Strike Pro, Daiwa, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Gerber, Atomic, Mortgage Corp, Tackle Tactics, Pro Lure, Cranka Lures, Lurefans, Hobie Polarized and JML.



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