Botany Bay R7 Wrapup.

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Round 7 at Botany Bay, the final round of the 2017 Hobie Polarized Southern Bream Series proved to be a tough fish.

Over 10 teams didn’t weigh in fish. A total of 181 fish were weighed in totalling 90.82kgs giving an average weight of half a kilogram. The Shimano Big Bream of the day certainly broke that average with a weight of 1.30kgs, well done to Kevin Varty for bringing this one home.

Our winning Kayaker was Sam Blundell with a bag weight of 2.29kgs. Sam is only in his first year of tournament fishing, so it’s impressive to see him bring home his second win for the season. It’s great to hear the inspiring stories of the camaraderie between the kayakers and the sharing of knowledge to the new and younger competitors.

The Boating section was won by Nick Hare and David Burn from Team Wanna Get Some. They did get some and weighed in 4.01kgs the only bag to break the 4kg mark.

Here’s our winners reviews of the day:

Sam Blundell – The Life Aquatic Hobie – Kayak

“Started out the weekend by pre fishing in the oyster leases throwing Prolure grub tails, getting smoked countless times by solid fish I realised this was going to be my game plan for Sunday, with an upsize of my leaders to 8lb minimum.

Sunday morning I raced straight to the leases and second cast of the Prolure grub in motor oil saw me land my big fish 1.2kg and this setup my day well to say the least. It wasn’t long after when the wind picked up so I made the decision to go and hit the oyster encrusted banks and mangroves surrounding the area I was fishing as the tide rose. It wasn’t a long wait until I picked up two fish from two casts on the Prolure shallow crank and that was my bag set.

I persisted with this technique upgrading twice with many other fish being landed also, with a final bag weight of 2.29kg I was over the moon to take out the day!

Massive Thankyou to Mako Eyewear for the continued support as well as The Life Aquatic Hobie in Monavale for all the behind the scenes help I couldn’t have done it without them along with Prolure Australia and their fantastic product!

Massive shoutout to the team at the Southern Bream Series for a fantastic year of competitions, I never would have thought I would enjoy my first season tournament fishing as much as I have! Bring on the grandfinal later in the year! “

Nick Hare – Wanna Get Some – Boat

“The weekend started with the 3.5hr drive heading north from Batemans Bay, getting to the boat ramp around 10am for a pre fish as we hadn’t fished here since last year.

We were greeted with 15 to 20knt south easterlies and bitterly cold, this was not fun!!!! So we took a run up river looking for some shelter and fishable water. Found some likely looking water, dropped the Electric in and nothing. MacGyver solution and of we go. Throw around some Zman grubs and banged a few around the low 30s. We thought OK, but not great. Head back in and spent the arvo tying new leaders and discussing tactics. Quick check on BOM and decision made.

We take off from 49th and head straight to our spot we had marked the year before out on the flats. We get to our spot at about 7.15. David is first in as I bend down to move the net out of the way and I hear his reel start screaming, he looks at me, smiles and yep I’m on. He repeats this the

next two casts. I finally get my chance and put the next 2 in the well.(36, 33, 32, 28, 27).Time is 7.40am and bag is full, high 5s all round. Unbeknown to us this is when we would start to have some fun.

We stick with the technique’s that had been working, sloooooow rolling grubs and hard bodies (Zmann and srikepro).

I flick out a grub and get absolutely hammered with line disappearing quickly. I scamper down the boat and try to see what has monstered me and what I see I will never forget EVER. A monster bream that came in at 41cm and 1.2kg and over 20 of his mate’s – I was lost for words and could just mumble and point.

This scene was repeated another 2 times with a 38 and a 35 hitting the deck but on hard bodies this time. I dropped our last fish in the well and it only hit me then, when I looked at our bag in the well. Could be in with a chance here.

We had what was one of our best tournament days ever with over 15 bream landed and an end result of 4.01kg and ending up with a 41,38,36,35 & 33.

Thanks go out to everyone involved in putting the series together – just awesome.

And major sponsor “Hobie Polarized” i won a pair of these and they are excellent.“

Thanks to our sponsors Hobie Polarized, Hobie Fishing, Compleat Angler Nowra, Cranka Lures, Charted Waters, EvaDeck, Hurricane Lures Australia, Nomad Tackle, Pro Lure Australia, Shimano Fishing Australia, Totally Immersed Water Sports, Fishing World

Thanks everyone for a great season. To those who qualified, see you at the Grand Final!

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