Langford Claims the Tonic Cania Clash – Full Report

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Langford Claims the Tonic Cania Clash – Full Report

Heading to the Tonic Eyewear Cania Clash for the 4th round of the Berkley B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Series, we didn’t know what was ahead of us, and how the lake would handle the pressure of some of the best bass anglers in the country. The good news is that the lake performed very well, not being too easy and also allowing anglers to fish to their strengths for the length 

Langford Claims the Tonic Cania Clash – Full Report

Heading to the Tonic Eyewear Cania Clash for the 4th round of the Berkley B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Series, we didn’t know what was ahead of us, and how the lake would handle the pressure of some of the best bass anglers in the country. The good news is that the lake performed very well, not being too easy and also allowing anglers to fish to their strengths for the length of the tournament. Cania is truly the Glenbawn of Queensland, with steep rocky banks in some areas, open wide flats in others, and timbered lined creeks, allowing the bass to position in many different areas. Cania will definitely be on the calendar for the coming seasons, so look forward to venturing further north than previous years and enjoy what it has on offer.

One thing that is standing out with the recent results, is the anglers who have come through the co-angler system have now matured into the top line anglers in the system, with all top 3 from Cania being B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Co-Anglers in the past. Is there a movement towards the new age anglers, they have done their apprenticeships, new techniques are coming into play and it seems they have the arsenal to catch them on all lakes in any conditions. These hard core bass gurus are also presenting very well on stage and in the general public, lifting the level of professionalism in the sport, which benefits all fishing in Australia.

With 3 different anglers taking the lead over the weekend, one angler stood above the field and walked away with well over $3,500.00 in cash and prizes and cemented his legacy as one of the best modern day anglers we have seen for a while. Matthew Langford has gone through the correct pathway, stuck to his guns and now is only 2 trophies short of fulfilling a grand slam of titles in the B.A.S.S. Australia circuit. Winning a co-angler event some years back, Langford has also ended up claiming the Co-Angler of the Year title, the Rookie of the Year title and well on his way to the top spot of the AOY title for 2018. If he claims that and the accolades that come with it, including the trip to the USA to compete in the 2019 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, he will just need a B.A.S.S. Australia Championship title to complete the slam.

In the co-angler ranks in the Tonic Eyewear Cania Clash it was a different story, Cameron Jones lead the field wire to wire and dominated the event from the outset, fishing a combination of techniques for the duration of the tournament, and landing some real quality bass for the weekend.


Champion Angler

Matthew Langford – 6/6 – 6.79kg - Tonic Cania Champion Trophy, Berkley $3,000.00 Cheque, Tonic Eyewear

Junk fishing, yes Junk Fishing is here to stay. What is you may ask, well it’s when anglers basically fish multiple techniques throughout a session, and use those techniques in regards to the location they are fishing. Flip a jig on a rocky bank, then move offshore and hit a deep tree with a spinnerbait, move along a bit further and use a vibe along a flat. It’s all about fishing the location and using multiple techniques to cover different levels of the water column giving you more opportunity in a smaller amount of time. Get used to it, because anglers like Mathew Langford are using it to put more fish in the boat.

This is what Langford did for all 3 sessions during the Tonic Eyewear Cania Clash, and he was focusing on quality bass, not quantity fishing when he was junk fishing.  His 4 main techniques involved jerkbaiting Nories Laydown Minnow’s in the deeper version tight to the edges, using an underspin matched with a Nories Inlet Shad 3.2 inch size on the flats, mixing it up to a Nories Wasabi spoon in deeper water and also fishing a Bassman Spinerbait single colourado in the weed pockets around the trees.

He used multiple setups for each day and had more than one rigged of each, which left his front deck looking like a rod locker, but he always used MillerRod outfits matched with Shimano reels.

With the points on the board, Langford is ready to go to the next level and pursue the Angler of the Year title, with a lot of competitors still mathematically in the race to beat him, he still has to be on his game for the next 2 rounds, but with his home lake of Boondooma being the final round he is definitely setup for an exciting finish to the season.


2nd Place Angler

Nick Anderson – 6/6 – 6.77kg    - Tonic Cania 2nd Place Trophy, Berkley $1,500.00 Cheque,

Anderson is growing in stature every time we see him at a tournament, and this will be a great confidence builder for the young man from the Lismore area. Coming to Cania for the first time, Anderson was open about the fact that he was just there for experience and hoping to learn from the weekend, well he did a lot better than that and only lost the tournament by a mere 20 grams from Langford in the final weigh-in.

Anderson struggled a little in practice, but did find an area that was producing the right kind of bass to be competitive, on the first morning of competition, his co-angler hooked a quality bass on the first cast and they knew they had found the right mixture of technique and location to be competitive.

Fishing the upper reaches of the lake, Anderson was fishing through at around 15-20 foot of water, adjacent to the old river where the bass where moving through feeding at times.

Using a Kistler Kix Spin medium light 6-12lb rod matched to a Daiwa Freams spin reel, Anderson used a combination of Nories Wasabi Spoons in the AYU colour and hot Bite Gang Banger Spoons in Lickety Split colour for the duration of the tournament.

The real key came in the presentation and retrieve which involved very small hops off the bottom and allowing the lure sit tight to the lake floor. The bass would bite early in the session really well, and fall off once he had taken some out of the schools. It may have been an issue of releasing stung bass into the area which shut down the bite period.

Doing only 3 events so far and having a tough one at Somerset has Anderson sitting in 24th place on the AOY, with 2 reasonable results he could push up into the top 12 and have a shot at the Motackle $10,000.00 AOY Invitational held later in the year.


3rd Place Angler

Jaimen Tunstall – 6/6 – 6.67kg - 3rd Pro - Tonic Cania 3rd Place Trophy, Berkley $800.00 Cheque,

Tunstall has been on the brink of winning a tournament for a few years and seems to be getting better every season, with another cheque he is realistically still well within grasp of the AOY title and is almost cemented in the top 12 for season 5.

Supporting a new major sponsor for this round, Tunstall had switched up all his gear from the Frogleys stable and it produced for him all weekend.

Finding a long bay closely associated to the old, deep water river bed, Tunstall had found a huge amount of Boney Bream lined up in the weed beds, possibly spawning and the bass were there and ready to eat. The area was quiet small so his biggest concerns was keeping the location to himself, which luckily no one else had come along and found the same area.

Using a ½ ounce Bassman Spinnerbait with silver blades to represent the Boney Bream he made long cast into the area and made sure to bump into the weed blocks, laydowns and standing timber, which made the bass bite down hard on the lure.

The perfect out fit for the technique involved a Samurai Refraction RFB302-70 matched to a Daiwa reel with Unitika mainline and Leader material for his connections.

With a 98 & 97 to his name already, look out Tunstall towards the back end of the season, will he make a big run at the title, only time will tell.


Champion Co- Angler

Cameron Jones – 6/6 – 6.00kg - Tonic Cania Champion Co-Angler Champion Trophy, Berkley $576.00 Cheque, Tonic Cania Champion Prize Pack, Tonic Eyewear

Jones fished multiple techniques for the weekend to secure his victory in the co-angler ranks of the 4th round of the Berkley Series, but his main go to setup consisted of fishing a jig along walls that had a combination of rock and large, deep standing timber.

Becoming a bit of a guru with jig, Jones has built a lot of confidence using this technique and has a particular outfit and presentation that works well for him all over the country. The bass wanted a very slow draw and lift while the bait was on the bottom, so he used an Atomic AAS-70L matched to a quantum Smoke to get the job done. Adding in an occasional shake, he could feel the bites true and clear with the Sunline mainline and leader material and his go to jig was a Molix MF Jig in Watermelon colour with a Molix SV Craw in the 2.5 inch model.

Trailers are becoming absolutely critical when any angler is fishing a jig, spinnerbait, chatterbait or similar and entice the bass to bite down hard and hold on longer in the critical moments of the bite.

The win puts Jones just 1 point behind Jake Schwerin in the AOY title race and with 2 events to go this is going to be one tight finish to the season. The champion co-angler walks away with a Tabs Boat and Honda Marine Package valued at over $22,000.00.


2nd Place Co-Angler

Jake Schwerin – 6/6 – 5.34kg - Tonic Cania Prize Pack, Atomic Arrowz,

Schwerin used a complete technique again from the other anglers and proved how versatile the anglers are becoming and what a wonderful fishery Cania is.  For Schwerin is was a no brainer, he saw steep lined banks with shadows on them and little weed, so he felt the best type of technique would be to use a reaction style bait to present to the bass.

Schwerin fished a combination of lipless crankbaits for the weekend, with the main lure being a silent TN60 in Brown Dog colour with a G-Loomis Spinnerbait model in the 8-12 class range. Using a Shimano Metanium Dc reel spooled with 10lb Spiderwire mainline he used 14lb Sunline leader to finish off his critical presentation.

Only 2 rounds to go, Schwerin has the runs on the board, and a very consistent season so far, with a 99, 2 x 98’s and a 85 to upgrade, he has had an amazing year and will be looking to try and finish the season off with a bang. Speaking to him after the event he seems like he hadn’t had that much time at Boondooma or St Clair, so it will be interesting to see how he fairs in those rounds.


3rd Place Co-Angler

Matthew Sauer – 5/6 – 4.61kg - Tonic Cania Prize Pack

Matthew Sauer used Halco Twisties all weekend to land his 5 from 6 limit which pushed him into 3rd place outright in the co-angler ranks. He found that he fished a little deeper than the previous anglers and focused far more on the schooling bass that Cania has spread out at different locations of the lake.

The bass were sitting suspended in 40 foot of water and sitting around the 20 to 25-foot mark, but they were following the lure down once it went through the school, so he used 2-3 winds of the reel to get the slug off the bottom, then would let it flutter down to the bottom. They struck on the drop and he was able to load up the G-Loomis matched to a Shimano reel on regular occasions over the weekend.

He used 8lb Berkley Fireline in 8lb as his mainline and toped of his presentation with 10lb Black Magic leader material.

Being only 2 events in for Sauer, he has a 90 and a 98 for his AOY and would be very much in contention for the top spot if he had a few more under his belt, With 2 events to go he may look at travelling and competing for the title.


The Cania Clash Wrap!

Special thanks need to go out to the North Burnet Council, and Brett the caretaker of the Cania Gorge Boat ramp area, the location is clean, and setup great, with wonderful fishing, and walks it should be a destination on everyone radar.

Thanks to Doug and crew at Tonic Eyewear, they have been onboard since day one, and have supported the B.A.S.S. Australia tournaments fully. The eyewear they produce are amazing and if you are looking for a pair of stylish, high quality eyewear give them a shot first.

The B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Team, including Cameron Jones, Tracy Brown and Lauren Kelly again worked flawlessly, thank you for all your help.

Next round sees us head to St Clair, for the decider of the NSW AOY and will setup the finale on Boondooma, the fishing is always incredible at that time of the year so get over to the registration page and get in now.