Clyde River Round 3 Wrap Up.

With cyclones and floods up north and record breaking rain locally the weather certainly did a turn around for Round 3 of the Hobie Polarized Southern Bream Series. With a mild southerly blowing, plenty of sunshine and despite the chocolate water from the recent rains anglers managed to bag 171 fish with 7 bags weighing over 3kgs.

Liam and Lauren Carruthers took out a win for the boaters section with a bag of 3.34kg.

Liam’s Wrap Up
Well that was unexpected, before I start I really want to take the opportunity to thank some key players for marking this year’s bream series possible! Hobie Polarized Australia and the Kime family, without the hard work from these key persons this year’s series would not have even been a possibility so on behalf of not only myself all the anglers a huge thank you guys!!

Let’s begin,

After a fairly non-productive pre fish on the Saturday Lauren and myself certainly did not have much of a game plan. We ventured to the main break wall first thing in the morn with nil success. After 15 mins we decided to head to the main deep reef west of the main bridge. Our arrival coincided with the last of the run out tide. The conditions felt really good, water flow wasn’t too hard and a significant amount of bait indicating on the sounder. We pitched our Cranka Crabs in the heavy model up current aiming to land them on the reef in the 20ft mark. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long till my Millerod bream buster went clunk. After what I thought was solid battle a small 27 tip bream ended up in the net. That was a good indication to myself that it was time to up the leader as the resident Clyde bream fight super hard for their size.

During the next hour and the tide change we managed 3 more fish and numerous bust offs even after upgrading our leaders. We decided to give the reef a bit of a rest and head onto shallow flats with spread out racks to flick some hard bodies. This technique produced one undersized bream and Lauren getting completely smoked off what can only be assumed to be a solid keeper.

With one hour remaining we headed back to the reef where the tide was pushing a lot harder. To overcome this issue we positioned the boat nose into current and casted as far as we could up current, this would allow the heavy crab to remain in the zone for as long as possible. We could feel the crab bouncing along the rock with the current before it would get inhaled by a hungry Bream. Thankfully in the last hour we were able to get our 5th and upgrade that 27 which felt like a 40.

We certainly did not think we had enough to take the top spot and it was an awesome surprise in our 2nd tournament together.

A huge thanks to my wife Lauren who supports my passion for fishing and was solid on the net!!

A massive thanks to my sponsors Cranka Lures , Millerods and Compleat Angler Nowra and to the basin lure and fly members. Looking forward to the rest of the season and catching up with fellow anglers throughout the year.

Andrew Death proved he’s still the man to beat in a kayak backing up his win in Sydney by not only taking out the win with his 2.32kg bag, but also landing the Shimano Big Bream of the day of 1.31kg.

Andrew’s Wrap Up
The Clyde round is one of my favourite rounds on the tournament scene. It is a system capable of producing big bruising bream, often in good numbers one day and then crushing the soul of many accomplished fishermen the very next day. One of the things that keeps me going back to the Clyde is knowing that if you fish hard good results can be achieved.
I fish better when I prefish, so I went down on Saturday to prepare. My prefish was ordinary until about 1pm when I landed a couple of fish in quick succession in the racks. Based on those two fish I planned to grind it out in the racks, believing that there was also a chance of a late bite.
I had one plan for the day……grind out a bag and hope for a couple of decent fish. At 8:30 I hooked and landed my first fish. It was not a big fish. But it was cause for a little happy dance. Avoiding the donut train is always a good thing.
Using deep crank 38’s the second and third fish came along at 11 and 12 ish. Another happy dance!

Around 12.30 the fish seemed to come on the chew. This was similar to my prefish day. I alternated between crank 38’s and soft plastics (dragon maggots) which resulted in another 4 legal fish that upgraded my whole bag. The second of the 4 fish was a 1.31 kg brute which anchored my bag and sealed the win.
Thanks to the Kime family and other committee members who have made this competition possible. Well done to Liam and Lauren on a great win. Also well done to Dave and Gary who I saw during the prefish at 12.30. At that time we all had zero bream. Dave and Gary cracked a pattern and came in second. Great result!

Thanks to everyone who competed for another great round. The sportsmanship and comradery is brilliant to experience and makes all the efforts in running the event worthwhile. Our thoughts go out to those who didn’t quite make it to us and hope that Karma comes around.
This event wouldn’t be possible without 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 and Fishing World.

Next round is 6-7 May at Mallacoota.

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