Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 2013: Oneta Resort … Fiji Islands

Oneta Resort, Ono Island, Kadavu, Fiji Islands. Now that’s my kind of address.

Nestled on the North Eastern shore of Ono Island with very few neighbors, with the beautifully clear waters in and around the Astrolabe Reef, the third biggest Barrier Reef in the world surrounding this island. On an amazingly Green Island with Palm Trees and a variety of other flora and fauna that kept our imagination busy from the time we stepped ashore.

I can honestly say that I have now been to Paradise and luckily this time I was allowed to return to this life of normality. My family accompanied me to the fishing wonderland, which is both professionally owned and run by Mr Piero Piva  (owner) and Mr John Flatt (Manager).

The Fijian staff of Oneta include: Simeli (the Fijian Superman), Elanoa (the chef at the time of our visit), and the delightful Miriama (housekeeper) who looked after everything the girls and I wanted around the resort. We could not forget “Joe” (groundsman) with whom I shared some recollection of Military Service, me with the Australian Army, and Joe a very proud ex member of the 7th Fiji Infantry Battalion.

 L-R Miriama, Simeli, Elanoa

Oneta is more of a “traditional” setup where Bure (pronounce Booray to us mere Aussies) accommodation is the norm. Of course, the owners have made the Bure’s very much “Western” internally. We found our accommodation wonderfully comfortable and welcoming.

When a traveller books their experience for Oneta, they pay for all transfers (via the resort’s “Loloa” from Kadavu Airport to Ono Island), drink and food. Alcohol is available under a bar tab. The traveller needs for nothing, all is catered for and every so wonderfully so. The food on Oneta is something to behold, suited to all tastes, and an abundances we rarely reached the end of.

A member of the Australian Kayak Fishing Forum (AKFF) introduced me to Oneta, Derek Kennedy, via a fantastically captured visit report by Derek posted on that forum. His reports are available for reading at . Derek really assisted us in information to do with the visit and the ultimate pleasure of the loan of his Hobie Adventure Island Kayak. He simply could not do enough in terms of providing me information for fishing and kayaking in this area. However; I simply did not pay enough attention to Derek’s comments of “You’re going to need to go heavy”, mentioning the needs of 100 pound lines with 200 pound leaders etc.

Derek's AI

A guy who has been for years thinking that 10 pound leader was insanely heavy just did not listen to Derek’s numbers, a very sorry mistake on my behalf, but the experience was still well worth the visit. Me and my 40 pound braid, 40 and 80 pound fluorocarbon leader material on a Shimano Sustain 4000 FE reel were purely and simply under gunned for the brutes of this region. This mistake will simply not happen again. Anyone who should visit this wonderful place, really should listen here. Don’t even pretend to think that light scales, finesse fishing will work in the region. It simply will not.

Before I go on I have to state that I did indeed go to this region with a heavier reel. I had taken a Daiwa 6000 Series “Saltist” spooled with 90-pound braided line. However; somewhere between packing it in my suitcase at home and arriving in Fiji, someone needed it more than I did. Sadly, it had been stolen from my suitcase along the way.

Your requirements for fishing and some of the experiences I had in this region are:

Jigging: Minimum 80 pound braid, 80-100 pound fluorocarbon leader (or steel) on at reel with at least 20 kg of drag. A good jigging rod with the power to quickly turn a brute of a fish from heading under the abundant reefs, something with at least 15 Kgs of power turning flexibility. Enormous Coral Trout, Red Bass, Blue Trevally, Coral Cod, Grouper are among the very many species that were caught during the charters I was a part of.

Casting (Poppers – huge Poppers at that): Same as for the Jigging setup but with a lengthier Rod.  I was using a Shimano T Curve 7 foot Travel Rod 10-15 Kgs, this was the one highly suitable piece of kit I had with me. I rated this rod highly for a range of uses. The monstrously sized Giant Trevally (GTs) are the usual targets here. They are brutal on your gear and your skills, something I was sorely found lacking in this time.

Trolling: Heavy heavy heavy. Then when you think you have a heavy enough setup, go heavier. Minimum breaking strain leader material should be 200 pound. I would suggest the braid on the reel you choose (read four wheel drive winch) should be at least 100 pound. The monstrous Giant Trevally (GTs), huge Wahoo, Barracuda, Spanish Mackerel and Yellowfin Tuna were just some of the species I saw on my charters.

As previously mentioned, I was lucky enough to use a Hobie AI for a couple of different fishing sessions around the resort area itself. At one point I made it out to the outer reef (Astrolabe Reef). I felt totally comfortable in the AI, with the simple exception of not having heavy enough gear. I estimate that I lost 14 lures over three sessions in the AI. Not from lack of trying different things, the fish in this region just tore my choice of 40 pound braid and 40 pound fluorocarbon leader to pieces.

There were a few times that I know I managed to turn the fish and experienced some wonderful fights. On the very last of my casts for trolling from the AI, I had a monstrous hit that I managed to move away from a reef but there was simply no stopping this fish and I was soon spooled to the backing on my reel. Oh how I wished I had my 6000 series reel with the stronger line.

The Oneta Staff provides full and half-day charters, along with Snorkeling expeditions. One thing the visitor can be assured of is, if fishing; you will catch fish – huge fish, great fish. If snorkeling you’ll experience some of the clearest water with the most beautifully coloured coral and sea life on earth. Guided at all times by Simeli, the Fijian Superman, everyone has a sense of confidence and as much comfort as can be afforded in the, typically beautiful, conditions.

I will most certainly return to Oneta again in my lifetime. How many times will only be restricted by availability time. Financially, this experience may seem that it would be incredibly expensive. The opposite is true, please contact the Resort via their webpage for rates and packages that can be provided. One very special package that John (the Manager) mentioned to us had to be heard to be believed. I’ll let him do that, somebody would think I have lost my senses if I repeated it here.

I put together a small video of our experience.

Thanks for reading / watching.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Delightful Durras - Two sessions of Winter day rippers

 Custom Lure Art lure

Spent a few days down at South Durras and took the opportunity to partake in a couple of different styles of fishing sessions.

Checking out the tides firstly, I soon realised that timing was perfect for one of my very favourite styles of fishing being in the Surf with the long rods. High tide was to be at 5 pm and dusk was around 5:20 pm or so.

During a long beach walk with the family at low tide I noted that the best gutter available was virtually at the doorstep of where I usually get onto the beach. Like I said, conditions just about perfect.

First session: Surf Fishing

There was a bit of overcast around and a bit of a shower here and there but nothing enough to alter the plan for fishing at this time of day with the tide like that. Plan was to get up to the beach an hour or two before the high and suss the activity out in that gutter.

I haven't been all that successful on Durras Beach in the Surf to be honest despite hearing some fantastic stories of what has been caught on this beautiful beach. So I went armed fairly lightly, this time with my, now pretty old, Snyder Glass "Mag Bream - 106" meaning a 10 foot 6 inch long rod, very light blank but still some great power to get a lighter weight out a good distance.

I was using a 3000 series spinning reel which I had just respooled with 8 pound braid. Before I say too much more, I wont mention these brands because that reel and braid combination was so bad I'm thinking of using it as a Snapper sinker next time off shore.

First cast with a Blue Pilchard as the bait on a ganged hook rig.  Honestly a horror of a "Surf" cast, maybe thirty feet. This horror braid had wrapped itself everywhere and I had to put the rod in my sand spike to untangle. While this was happening the rod bent in half and released again. "What the heck was that?" I wondered. Retrieving the rig there was no bait left.

Next cast, much better, good long cast. Let the bait sit, nothing, very slow roll in and received that distinctive chewing feel on a big bait. Let the bait sit, slow roll, bang. I was seriously on. Something massive, dare I say I knew I was completely under-gunned here with the light long stick. It headed South along the beach and had me wondering.

I managed to get the beast to come in by surfing it some of the larger waves. This took 20 minutes or so of my time. Noticing that this was a large Australian Salmon, I started to get concerned with my light gear and beaching. The fish was easily 60 cm (+) and had a massive girth. Got the fish most of the way onto the beach when the junk braid I was using snapped like wet cotton..... absolute rubbish stuff. That's fishing but disappointment swept over me, that would have been a PB Australian Salmon for me for sure.

Luckily I had my phone and called for re-enforcements! Got my daughter to bring down my heavier Surf Rod, personally made by Nick Toozoff of Bateman's Bay complete with a 6000 series Daiwa Saltist reel. Much better suited to what i was now targeting.

With the heavier Rod and setup the casts were far better. I could cast over the far edge of the gutter and slow roll the bait back through it, hopefully enticing the bigger fish in the gutter to leap onto my temptings.

The plan worked perfectly. Over the next hour I pulled in over 10 Australian Salmon (I stopped counting then - I'd run out of fingers!). Probably more like 16 and the majority of these really solid fish in great condition around a kilogram each. Good times releasing the majority.

Kept five (the unlucky ones) for the family for the specialty of Thai Fish cakes into the future months.

Durras Australian Salmon

Second session: Fishing from the Kayak

The following day started gloriously in weather terms, sunny, slight breeze but still that winter coolness in the air.

Original intention was to have another Surf session but with the Pro-Angler Kayak sitting there in this weather it was hard to wait all day for the next high tide. Decision made to go onto Lake Durras for a light scales fishing session, hoping for a Flathead or Bream.

Upon launching the kayak, my thoughts turned to what lure to attach to try and tempt the target fish. I'd just had a series of lures custom painted by the 2013 GTS Angler of the year, Craig "Fiddy" Coughlan via his "Custom Lure Art" business.  This series of lures were to cover a variety of depths, differing swimming actions, fat ones, skinny ones, rattling ones, silent ones. They were all painted the same colour which is one of the most excellent things about getting your lures custom painted. If you have a favourite colour, all of your lures can be painted the same ways, or a series of lures at least.

The first lure I tied on was a Jackal Chubby that had previously been a favorite but the previous paint job had been scratched and it was chosen for a repaint. Without moving more than 200 meters from my launch point, I decided to cast this lure just to "dust off" the rod and reel combo I was using.  This being a Samiki "Zecton" 1-3 Kg rod combined with a Shimano CI4 1000 series reel. Great little setup with 5 pound Power Pro Braid and only a "leftover" 3 pound leader.

First cast, a couple of winds and the lure was immediately nailed by something that went crazy. Line was peeling off the CI4 at an alarming rate of knots and owing to the light leader I decided to follow this beast with the Kayak to try to wear it out.

After an 8 minute or so fight, the beast could be identified as a very good Tailor. I was wondering if this thing was lost. I've caught plenty of tiny Tailor in Durras but nothing like this guy, a very solid fish. Don't want to estimate its size but it was clearly large. Unfortunately for me, during one of its dives and twists I somehow managed to get the braid around the end of the rod and lost all control over the dives really. The expected heartache of a light leader "ping" happened shortly after.

I tied on another lure, slightly longer, slightly bigger bib, same colour. Again praising the ability to pick a lure of the same colour but different type.

The very next cast I was on again. Had to be another Tailor, smaller at 36cms or so but still feisty.

Another Tailor on a CLA painted lure

So the story went over this purple patch of Lake Durras for this time. Tailor after Tailor, all on the same lure and in the same way. Hugely great fun on very light gear.

Eventually the school moved on or just went off the chew because the action over this and the immediate vicinity just stopped.

Moving to a different area, still using the same lure, an errant cast into a bit of a snag and a bit of a different bite occurred. That give away thump thump thump of a Flathead's tail came up the line. Soon after a 49 cm Flattie was in the keeper bucket.

 Results of session two

All in all a pretty good session of just under three hours.

Great little period of fishing over the two days.

Thanks for reading.


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lake Eucumbene - Wierd day on the lake

 Biggest Brown for this day

It was time to give the Kayaks a rest and get the boat a bit wet for a change. The weather forecast looked exemplary for a Winter's Day on the big lake with the temps at 1 - 14 degrees C. "T-Shirt weather" as my friends in the US and Canada tell me.

The ride to Lake Eucumbene up the Monaro Highway was its usual trial of thrills with the Kangaroo population loving the nice warm road in the dark early hours. So the trip there was a tad slower than usual but still the obligatory Snow Boarders / Skiers passing the Jeep and Boat at mind boggling speeds given the situation. So situation normal for the winter trip to the Mountains.

Upon reaching the Lake, a quick look at the watch, it was 0645. Unbelievably it was absolutely dark. The reason was there was a solid bank of fog across the entire lake. So thick it was keeping the first light to an absolute minimum.

Now the fun started.

Noticing that the Lake was really low in water level compared to my last visit, I drove down a tad further than I normally would. Went for a tight U-Turn to line up the ramp, hit a bump, heard clunk clunk whoomp.  Hey I know that sound thought Gee. That's the sound my boat and trailer makes when it falls off the towbar. A quick inspection and I knew my instincts were correct. Somehow I had towed the boat and trailer that 145 Kms actually unlocked off the tow bar. Nicely balanced that boat and trailer of mine.

Anyway, contemplating how I was going to get the best part of 1400 kgs (Note: normally I could lift this ... but I was cold) back onto the tow bar with the car at a very sharp angle, uphill, on very slimy mud. This was just gonna be one of those days I thought.

Fortunately, my new best buddies for the day pulled up at the ramp. Lets call them "Good Guys in the big White Boat with a Merc or the GGITBWBWAM's" as I know call them. They readily and quickly helped me get the situation resolved, much to my appreciation.

I let them launch while I prepared the boat, I knew the fog was not going to let me play to my game plan straight away anyway.

As I launched my own boat, I heard the GGITBWBWAM's hooting and hollering off in the distance and unseen in the fog. Hopefully just laughing at me as they politely got out of sight. I looked down at my feet for some reason and found a Winch Handle that looked suspiciously like it had come off a GGITBWBWAM boat. I thought the chances of seeing these guys again on the lake were pretty good so I kept it in the boat. Someone else could possibly think the owner was long gone.

So I toddle off into the fog. I cannot see the bow of my own boat, I decide to take my time. It took nearly an hour to get across a bay that would normally take me 5 minutes (max) full noise over to the other side.

Trolled flat lines into Springwood Bay, once I could actually see it I noticed that the water was seriously glassed out (flat). It was like a mirror, completely flat, silent and clear. Perfect conditions for not catching Trout from a boat or any other manner of vessel.

And so it was for the next three hours. Nothing, nada, zip. Not even a bump. I even tried to snag up my lines just for something to do while trolling. The fog was not abating even though the sun was completely up. I have not experienced such a Pea Souper in the mountains, typically it would have burnt off by this time.

At some point in this exercise I realised that I must have dropped my Soft Plastics Wallet at the Ramp. I was going to throw some Plastics around but couldnt find my SP Wallet. I can only assume it had dropped off the boat. Expensive lesson. (Sad face)

One time, far in the distance, I heard a "Yaaaaaaay" which I took to be the GGITBWBWAM's getting onto a fish. Good on them. I looked at their winch handle.

Right then, it was time to change operations to make something happen. I did the unthinkable for me and decided to troll something other than a Winged (Tassie or Cobra) lure and put a Large Rattling Rebel Crawdad imitation on. I know this thing glowed like it was daylight in UV terms having tested all of my lures under a UV lamp recently.

I trolled it and another hard body for quite some way. Thinking I was losing my mind I thought I'd stop and change setup. This was just as the sun kind of peeped out, and as I stopped the line with the Crawdad went crazy. It was truly only a short fight but a solid 47 cm Brown came into the boat.

Typical Springwood Brown
(Click on the images for full size)

I decided to leave that darned Crawdad imitation on and not just that but put a similar lure onto the other surface line. Just a few short trolls later I had caught another few Browns, but tiny little guys, legal but not what I keep, so they were immediately released. That wont be the last time I troll those lures.

Another quiet time, the Sun was finally coming out as I moved into Seven Gates, but massive patches of fog still loitered over the big Lake and it was Midday!!! The water was just too glassy for a decent fishing session. So very still.

"Seven Gates" glass out

Midday Fog Bank on Eucumbene

Needed to make something happen. So I decided to belt over to the other side of the area where I was, through to fog to see if conditions were different. Now, I've never attested to being the sharpest knife in the drawer, but why I went belting into thick fog not being able to see 10 feet in front of me was just a mystery. Luckily I was watching my sounder as I went. I saw the 120 feet depth (typical of the middle of Eucumbene) come up to 5 feet in about 3 seconds. I immediately throttled off just as I almost hit this new "island"  in the middle of Eucumbene.

Rising to about three inches above the waterline, this monolith could have been a disaster for me if I had not been looking at my sounder which thankfully had not lost the bottom as I was underway.

Taking my time this time ... I headed to where the fog bank was thankfully no more. 

Decided to head into "Collingwood Bay" but from an opposite direction to what I usually do. With my old MO of trolling a Lead Core line or two. One of my Lead Core outfits had died on me so I was one Leadcore, once flat (surface) line, again with Winged lures - tried and tested ones at that. One of them was a perennial favorite for Lake Eucumbene, the Cobra Lures Yellow Winged number 100 "Corroborre" I call it.

Okay, there was a lot more movement on the water now. The sounder showed signs of fish that were not the thermal bubbles I'd been seeing all morning. It was only a matter of time before the Leadcore went and go it did.

Again a very sad and tardy fight up to the boat but this was an even better fish going by the bend in the hand made rod I was using. Good fish at 1.4Kg fully cleaned.

56 cms when laying straight
As I was taking the photos I realised just how many fish that Cobra lure has helped me capture on both Snowy Mountains Lakes.  Truly a winner.

The weapon

I trolled on into the bottom of this bay to catch another much smaller Brown (20 cms or so) , again released. Reversed the trolling line heading back the same way. 
Out of the bay and onto the greater lake I see the GGITBWBWAM's heading back my way! I knew it was a good idea to hold onto that winch handle. I retrieved my lines, and rather quickly overhauled them using the power of the 150 HO eTec.

"This yours boys?". They were very happy to see what they didn't know they'd lost. Asked how they were going, they'd got a few. But to thank them fore their help that morning I gave them a selection of my best Eucumbene lures, all of which I had many of so it was no big deal. 

I did see them at the ramp at the end of the day and they'd caught no more, pretty much like me. 

Overall a pretty strange old day on the big Lake. By the end of the day the weather was glorious. But that fog of this day is one for the memory books. I'd met the GGITBWBWAM's, and wouldn't mind meeting them again, nice fellas.

Thanks for reading.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Moruya River morsels - Winter Wonderment

 Custom Lure Art painted Daiwa Minnow

I was lucky enough to be join the current GTS Angler of the Year, Craig (Fiddy) Coughlan along with Steve Moy and Jonathen Chen for a top of the tide Winter fishing session on the picturesque Moruya River. An overcast day greeted us all.

A slight Westerly wind blowing down off the mountains ensured that it was a chilly time for the area of the Sapphire Coast but we all donned our hoodies, well Steve made his own fashion statement, to protect ourselves from the cool breeze.

Steve Moy- Mohawk Beanie nice Silver Trevally

I decided to work a bank that had been productive a week before but could not raise a Bream. However a couple of decent Flathead to 50cms were welcome enough to keep me interested. These fell go Gulp Fry in Pumpkinseed Colour, fished on a very light internal jighead and very light 3 pound leader.

A couple of slightly undersized Tailor @ 29 cms had their lucky day and were released of course. Hopefully the larger Tailor will move into the system shortly to provide some excellent light tackle entertainment.

At one point Steve had a decent fight on his hands considering he was using even lighter leader @ 2 pounds. Given his fight had the fish circumnavigating his vessel on a couple of occasions and its refusal to give in, we called it for a Trevally. Steve thought it may have been a good Tailor, the likes of which he has landed in the Moruya before. Silver Trevally it was, such a great sporting fish on really light gear.

Meanwhile, Fiddy has disappeared to an uber secret spot and was apparently constantly cleaning up catching Bream up to one + Kilograms, best estimate being 15 with a couple going at over the 1 Kg mark. As usual he was using his trusted Duffrods, this one a 7' 6" Bream Stix flats rod.  He was using one of his own "Custom Lure Art" painted lures, a Daiwa Minnow styled lure. Clearly a killer combination:

 Just one of the "Keggers" landed by AOY Craig Coughlan

 The guy can certainly make everyone else look decidedly ordinary on any day in fishing terms. Anyone interested in his Lure painting work should visit: especially if you want to get ahead of the field.

Jon was still sitting there catching fish after fish as usual, doing well for his array of sponsors. One of these fish being a very healthy Australian Salmon got attention from adjacent land-based anglers. Jon's ventures can be seen on his Facebook page - recommended viewing.

Off the water by 1 pm at dead low tide after another enjoyable morning's fishing on the Moruya River.

Thanks for reading and tight lines.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Daiwa/Hobie BREAM Kayak Series - Round 11, Forster

A late decision was made last week to head up to Forster on the NSW mid north coast to fish round 11 of the 2013 Daiwa/Hobie kayak series on the 4th and 5th of May.

Its been 2 years since i last visited this fantastic fishery so Geoff Alford and myself made our way up on the Friday morning and drove pretty much non stop for most of the day arriving late afternoon.

We spent the afternoon rigging our rods and preparing the kayaks for the morning and after a very restless night the alarm finally went off and it was game on, finally the time had come.

I had a firm plan mapped out with GPS marks from my previous trips and once my number was called i headed straight for mark number one in some pretty nasty looking oyster racks.

I didnt get much action there so i moved on to my second mark which is a series of rock bars located within 10 metres of some more oyster racks, where i found the run out tide pushing up and over the rocks.

I sat at the back of them facing into the current and casting to the rocks and after a couple of casts i got my first fish in the livewell followed shortly after by a slightly bigger fish.

That was all i managed from that spot so i moved on to the next which is a similar set of rock bars but this particular location has given me my best fish on each visit to Forster.

It didnt take long to get a fish follow my Lucky Craft NW pencil out from the rocks, but with no take. So i put the lure back into the rocks and immediately a bow wave appeared behind the lure and this time it took the lure and the hooks connected.

At first i called it for a small fish, but as i applied some pressure it took off back towards the oyster covered rocks, luckily i was using my 1-5kg Duffrod which was specifically designed to fish oyster racks so i was able to put enough power in to get the fish away from the rocks and into clear water away from the nasty oysters.

After what seemed like an eternity i managed to get the net under him and into the kayak and he measured a respectable 37cm to the fork and weighed in at 1.04kg which earned me the Boss Hog big bream cash prize by 10 grams.

Only a couple of minutes later i managed to pull another fish not much smaller from nearby and then decided to leave the area and hope for some more good fish on day 2.

I was really expecting to be placed near the top, knowing what Forster can produce when it comes to big bream, but to my surprise my fished weighed in at 2.78kg and had me in 1st place at the end of day 1.

I decided to stick to the same plan on day 2 and put in some time at the same spot i pulled the 2 biggest bream from since i purposely left the area after only a short period of time on day 1 hoping i left some big bream untouched the the last half of the tournament.

As it turned out, the fishing was very tough on day 2 for a lot of anglers, myself included and i only managed 1 small but legal bream from my spot, and pulled another from another location and it was all i could manage for the entire day.

Knowing i would need another bag similar to the day 1 bag with the quality field of anglers i was up against, my hopes of 2 wins in a row were dashed and i headed in with only half of my possible 4 fish limit and slipped down to 6th place in a 60+ angler field, which i am still very happy with.

I did however, have an amazing weekend which i enjoyed very much and got to catch up with some good friends and catch some quality fish which is always good.

The next round see's me travel to Sydney's George's river in a couple of weeks, stay tuned for the report from that round.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Gamakatsu Hobie fishing series - R3 Clyde River

Perfect weather conditions greeted us for round 3 of the Gamakatsu Hobie kayak fishing series at Batemans Bay on the Beautiful Clyde river.

Being my local river system and with an ideal tide suited for some rack fishing, i had my mind made up where i was going to target big fish for the tournament  weeks in advance which is only a short  1klm pedal from the start line.

The tide was a little lower than i expected but i just made some changes to my lure selections and decided to fish the area as i waited for the tide to come in more rather than head for a new location.

Things started off a little slow, with only a few undersized fish in the first two hours but i was confident my patience would pay off if i kept at it waiting for the change of tide, as the Clyde racks fish better at the start of a run out tide. I pointed the front of the kayak into the current and used the Mirage Drive to hold position rather than use the stake out pole, casting into the current and working the lure back with the flow.

I got my first legal fish at around 9:00am and really struggled to find the decent fish that were so willing to take my lures in the weeks leading up to the event. At around midday, i hit a hot patch and quickly landed two more legals to fill my limit, and then an upgrade shortly after which measured 33cm to the fork that i spotted near an oyster covered rock pile.
I worked the area with my surface lures, a Lucky Craft NW Pencil, and a O.S.P Bent Minnow, fishing them super slow and thirty minutes later secured my second upgrade which was only slightly smaller than my biggest fish.

I dropped quite a few fish throughout the day, and had follows by good fish that decided not to take my offerings, but despite my best effort and hitting all of my favourite spots nearby i couldn’t upgrade my smallest fish.

The quality of fish i had been catching over the past few weeks left me thinking i didn’t have enough to get a win, but i knew it would be enough to be at the very least in the top 5, especially with anglers like Stewart Dunn, Andrew death, Derek Steele, Dave Hedge and Steve Fields who are all very capable of landing big fish amongst the competition.

Once time was up, i landed back at the beach to find reports of a lot of empty livewell’s, but after speaking to Stewie, he informed me Andrew Death had a kilo plus fish in the well, but that was the only fish. But knowing Andrew, i thought he would get his last 2 fish to fill his limit.
Andrew came in and to my suprise only had one extra small bream to add to his big bream (which weighed 1.2kg and scored him the big bream cash prize).

As it turned out, i weighed in a total of 1.95kg for my 3 fish earning me 1st place, which put me 400 grams clear of Andrew Death in 2nd place with 1.55kg for his 2 fish.
2nd place was enough to earn Andrew a spot in the 2013 Daiwa/Hobie bream kayak series which is to be held at Marlo, Vic. in November.

I would like to thank my sponsors for their support over the past couple of years

Steve Duff from Duffrods, Steve’s rods are simply awesome and the Tournament Pro Racks rod was really what was needed on the day. I fished oyster racks and oyster covered rocks all day and they gave me the power in the rod to really muscle these fish away from the structure and into the net with complete confidence.
Check out the Duffrods range at

Dave from Evolution Jigheads, Evo Jigheads have given me the option to put my hooks at the back of the plastics, reducing the number of missed fish to short strikes and leader protection for when the dreaded flathead take a liking to my plastics

Bryan from EJ Todd fishing solutions who supply me with all of my favourite lures, braid, and leader
Check out the Lucky Craft and Maria lures, as well as the Sunline braid and Flurocarbon leaders at your local tackle store.
Thank you all for your support

Thanks to Steve and the team at Hobie for bringing these kayak events to us. Without their hard work and dedication to the sport of kayak fishing tournaments we we not have these events at all

Tackle used:
Rods – Duffrods tournament pro rack 1-5kg, 6’10
             Duffrods tournament pro rack 1-5kg, 7’0
             Duffrods tournament pro bream 1-4kg 7’0
             Duffrods tournament pro flats 1-3kg, 7’6
Reels – Daiwa Exist 2004
              Daiwa Exist Hyper Branzino
              Daiwa Steez 2004
              Daiwa Steez 2506
Lures -  Lucky Craft NW Pencil
              Lucky Craft Bevy minnow
              OSP Bent minnow
Line -  Sunline Rockfish PE braid on all reels
            Sunline FC rock fluorocarbon leader

Monday, April 8, 2013


CUSTOM LURE ART pro team member Stewart Dunn has notched up another win for the CLA team.

Stewart fished deep with blades where he found big fish schooled up on his sounder that were willing to take his lures.
Stewart compiled a bag of 3 good fish weighing 2.72kg putting him on top of the field of 43 anglers

For a full report and photo's visit: