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Britcliffe claims the Okuma North Pine Kayak Open – Full Report

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B.A.S.S. AUSTRALIA NATION
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Being the first tournament organisation to have a tournament on North Pine Dam was an absolute privilege, and for one angler it will keep a smile on his face for an extended amount of time. Alan Britcliffe claimed the Okuma North Pine Dam Kayak Open and will be cemented as the first official winner of a tournament on the location, notching up this win also saw him take home a Native Watercraft Mantaray Kayak 12, Propel Drive and Okuma Champion AnglerNative Watercraft Mantaray Kayak 12, Propel Drive and Okuma Champ

Being the first tournament organisation to have a tournament on North Pine Dam was an absolute privilege, and for one angler it will keep a smile on his face for an extended amount of time. Alan Britcliffe claimed the Okuma North Pine Dam Kayak Open and will be cemented as the first official winner of a tournament on the location, notching up this win also saw him take home a Native Watercraft Mantaray Kayak 12, Propel Drive and Okuma Champion Angler Trophy package valued at over $3,000.00.

The location is centred only 30 minutes from Brisbane, but when you are there it would be forgotten that you are as close to the 3rd largest city in Australia. Surrounded by bushland and incredible wild life and fauna, North Pine is a bass anglers sanctuary, and with over 2 millions fish released by stocking over the years the place is wall to wall fishing.

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Alan Britcliffe – 6/6 – 7.16kg – Native Watercraft Mantaray 12 Kayak. Propel Drive & Okuma Champion Angler Trophy.

Britcliffe who is a local member of the Pine Rivers Fish Management Association (PRFMA), had an opportunity to practice leading into the extended 1 month black out period, but come tournament time everything had changed, the transitional period meant the fish were on the march and it was a matter of starting all over for the official half practice day.

Britcliffe had found one location only 5 minutes’ paddle from the start line and decided that it was key to focus on transitioning bass that were moving through the area. Sitting in the same spot all weekend he knew he was taking a risk, but when the bites came he could put a few in the well very fast, and in that area they seemed to be the right kind. The bite periods were very short, as the bass were moving through, so he had to capitalise on every bite, and in the first session he let 2 good ones slip, which he thought may cost him the title.

Sticking it out for the final 2 sessions the right ones made it back to the yak and he landed the largest sack of the tournament in session 2, which was just shy of 3kgs.

Rotating through 3 main lures all weekend, Britcliffe had decided to use a spoon presentation, with a key retrieve which was to keep it slow and close to the bottom. The 3 main lures were the IMA Gun 20 gram in Zebra, the 20 gram Halco Twisty and the 20 gram Damiki Backdrop in Zebra colour. These lures all swim slightly different and he found at different times of the day they out performed each other with different light conditons.

Britcliffe’s spoon setup consist of a Duff Rods 6kg X Series Rod matched to a 200 Spin Reel spooled up with 15 kg Sunline Super PE and topped with Damiki ZOOL FC in 10lb weight. This heavy outfit is used to not only hold the extremely tough fighting North Pine bass, but to also be confident in long cast of the heavy spoon and to be able use the setups all session without re-tying.

The win puts Britcliffe equal top of the AOY table with Chen and will see him looking to repeat on Lake St Clair in early August. Britclife is the first angler to repeat win in the Native Watercraft Series, taking out the last qualifying round of the 2017 series, will we see him go back to back on St Clair?

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Felippe Gapski – 6/6 – 5.92kg – $750 Native Watercraft Cheque, Okuma Prize Pack.

Gapski and Britcliffe do a lot of practicing and travelling together, so it isn’t any surprise that he was towards the top of the table. Working closely the two had devised a plan to fish in a similar location and slowly work their spoons along the bottom of the North Pine waterway. 

Gapski did mention that he stopped his lure from time to time and gave it extra-long pauses during the retrieve, and once he started it up the bass seemed to bite close to the lakes floor.

Also using a Halco Twisty and Damiki Backdrop in Zebra colour combination Gapski found that he also needed a solid line of rods to get these tough battling North pine bass to the surface. Using a Generation Black combination spooled with 10lb Sunline mainline and leader material is a good indication of how hard these SEQ bass really do pull, as 10lb is far from a subtle finesse technique.

Gapski has been travelling with work and had limited time to compete this year, but in saying that he has a real opportunity to make the top if he makes it to St Clair. With one round to go, Gapski will be one to watch if he gets down south.

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Dave Barwise – 4/6 – 4.77kg – $300 Native Watercraft Cheque, Okuma Reel and Prize Pack

David Barwise is a self-confessed bass river addict, and loves chasing fish in the reaches of the Clarence River, but for him the impoundments is a totally new experience. To come to a foreign location for the first time and compete at this level shows just how well he is going, and it will only be a matter of time until he takes a win. Barwise actually lost a bass in the last session when it jumped out of the well, which would have put him closer to the first two placed anglers.

Taking out 3rdplace and leading into the last session was an incredible effort, and it seems he used a slight different type of spoon than we have seen before in the tournaments. Fishing a Samiki Sugar Baby in the Pink Tiger Glow 20-gram model, he found the bass really liked the heavy movement that the bent body produced. He used a Samiki 6-8lb Zing Gen 2 rod matched with a Stradic 2000 reel spooled with 8lb Jbraid and 10lb Sunline leader. 

Barwise is well within shot of taking out the AOY title with this 3rdplace, he has only competed in 2 events which leaves the door open for him on Lake St Clair.

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Wade Walker – Tonic Big Bass – 1.70kg

Wade Walker landed the big bass of the tournament in session one not far from the start line, and took home a cracking pair of Tonic Eyewear valued at $270.

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The Okuma North Pine Wrap

Gareth Williams and the team at Okuma have supported B.A.S.S. Australia Nation since the first year and we want to really thank them for everything they have done for the sport. Giving the anglers 6 reels as prizes was an absolute bonus and it’s great to see Okuma, Tackle Tactics, ZMan and the other brands grow so well.

We couldn’t be happier with the North Pine location and after speaking to management it seems they would like us back for next season. Special thanks needs to go to Barry Tucker, Noel Frost and the helpers of the PRFMA, they run a professional fishery and if you would like to get involved head to www.prfma.com.auto find out more.

Next round we head to Lake St Clair for the first time in the Native Watercraft Kayak Series, if you would like to get involved head to the registration page and enter now.