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Atomic Team Brawl – Full Report

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B.A.S.S. AUSTRALIA NATION
Thursday, June 7, 2018

With changing weather through the weekend and the lake still in a transitional pattern the bite over the weekend was hit and miss for the majority of the field, as we witnessed some teams catching large numbers of bass and others struggling to find bites at all. This was a testament to the leaders of the tournament as it seems they had the pattern sorted out from the start of the event, and blades came back into the winning circle for 2018.

With changing weather through the weekend and the lake still in a transitional pattern the bite over the weekend was hit and miss for the majority of the field, as we witnessed some teams catching large numbers of bass and others struggling to find bites at all. This was a testament to the leaders of the tournament as it seems they had the pattern sorted out from the start of the event, and blades came back into the winning circle for 2018.

Jaimen Tunstall & Terry Allwood  took down the Atomic Boondooma Brawl coming from 3rdplace against a high quality 20 boat field last weekend and took home over a $1,000 worth of cash and prizes. Team Atomic Roos Rod & Reel Repair stepped up on Sunday morning with a cracking session 2 bag and overcome Father & Son Team Adrian & Anthony Melchior by only 30 grams, leaving the majority of the field in their wakes.

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Atomic/Roos Rod & Reel Repair – 8/8 – 7.44kg

The Champion team from the weekend consisting of Allwood and Tunstall have extended amount of experience on Lake Boondooma, as both live in close proximity to the lake, and had worked out that the bass was still feeding on Red claw as a major food source. Catching multiple bass on the practice period that had actual tentacles hanging out of their mouths, the two anglers had worked out that hopping Atomic Blades in the subtlest of way was a perfect impersonation of a local red claw and the bass just couldn’t resist it. 

Using a 3/8th Atomic Metal Vibe all weekend, the team were working it close to the bottom to represent a Red Claw just moving along the lake floor. Allwood mentioned on stage that he only lifts it enough to actually have 4 vibrations in the lure, and then would let if settle again down. The choice of colour on the weekend was the Hay-U which has a very natural appearance with a slight orange glow belly.

Both anglers used a Samurai Reaction 302 spin outfit which has a very slight tip to feel every bump and movement of the blade, but a strong mid and but section to get them extra casting distance.

The pair now focus their attention to the Tabs Boats Australian Championship and with winning form following them around they will definitely be force in the final no matter where the event will be held.  

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Atomic/Bassman Spinnerbaits – 8/8 – 7.41kg

So close but so far behind for the Father & Son team from Ballina, as Anthony and Adrian Melchior took it to some of the best anglers in the country on the weekend of the Atomic Boondooma Team Brawl.

Like the winners they found that working the 50mm Atomic Metals & 50mm Semi Hardz worked best for the majority of the tournament and they found 3 key areas that held active fish throughout the event. Rotating through these areas was important and presenting the lures close to the bottom in 20-25 foot of water also was part of the pattern. Very short and sharp hops enticed the strong bites and they managed multiple upgrades for session one & two.

The Melchior’s used the Tim’s Prawn colour on Samurai 302 spin outfits and also used the new Major Craft line in 12 lb matched to Unitka 8lb Flurocarbon leader material for their tackle requirements. 

With winning form in the Team Final just a couple of years ago, it will be interested in to see if Adrian is looking to go all out in the final and chase the trip of a lifetime with his son to Florida. Anthony turns 16 in November so technically he would be able to travel and fish the event with his father.

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2 Dams, One Destination – 8/8 – 6.53kg.

Last year’s team of the year consisting of Matthew Langford and Corey Goldie went back to back in the Team of the year title as he had another top 3 finish for the series. It seems every time Langford hits the water in a bass event he ends up towards the top of the field, and this is another feather in the 2 anglers caps.

Having a very slow practice using jerk baits and spinnerbaits the pair changed up to Ecogear VX blades during the competition and found themselves fishing 2 key areas for the tournament that produced over 30 fish per session. Fishing a ledge on Liesegangs in 40 foot and One Tree Point in 20 foot was the productive locations, but the issue wasn’t numbers it was size for the 2018 Team of the Year.

The anglers used Miller Rods XFLC matched with Shimano Stradic reels with 8lb Yamatoyo mainline and leader for the blade requirements, and are looking to chase a trip to the USA come late September.

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The Atomic Team Brawl Wrap!

Special thanks to the park management for the weekend, as always Boondooma is a great place to get away for a fish and camping.

Lloyd Brown stepped up and did our presenter role for the weekend, thanks to him and Tracy Brown for all their help.