Silvester Claims the Atomic 2017 Championship

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017


How do we define a champion?

Being a great angler doesn’t mean you are a good person, being a great angler and good person means you are a champion!

With the best 32 pro and co-anglers of 2017 hitting the shores of Lake Boondooma in the South Burnett 

How do we define a champion?

Being a great angler doesn’t mean you are a good person, being a great angler and good person means you are a champion!

With the best 32 pro and co-anglers of 2017 hitting the shores of Lake Boondooma in the South Burnett Region over the weekend of the 25th - 27th of August, we had an absolute titanic battle of wills and determination, with one angler showing his dominance of the Australian bass circuit.

Dean Silvester took out his first Atomic B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Championship and will now represent Australia in the U.S.A. come October 2017.  The word champion can be thrown around a lot in this day and age, but with this championship win, the 3 out of the last 4 Samurai Rods Angler of the Year titles, Dean has surely secured himself as the ultimate benchmark in the Australian tournament scene.

In the co-angler ranks a new angler emerged as a force to be reckoned with, Daniel McCoy stepped to the plate on Sunday and weighed in the largest sack of the tournament to claim his first title and Australian Co-Angler Championship. Fishing in only his third tournament, Daniel clawed his way back from 23rd place and leapfrogged a huge number of anglers to shock the crowd and claim the Atomic title.


Atomic Champion Angler - Dean Silvester – 6/6 – 6.90kg – Atomic B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Champions Trophy & Representative Trip to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship in the U.S.A., Garmin Quatix WatchTonic Polarized Eyewear, and Customised Australian Representative Tournament Shirts. Total Package – Excess of $10,000.00

With so many tournaments over Silvester’s career under his belt, he had consciously made the decision to focus more on where he was heading, and look to chase the ultimate dream of fishing in the U.S.A. This was to mean that fundamentally for the next few seasons at least, Dean was not fishing on the local circuit, making this his last big tournament in Australia. So with that in mind, the pressure to give it one last shot at claiming the Atomic B.A.S.S. Australia Nation and help short track his international career must have been as big as he had ever felt it before.

With some incredible anglers hunting down this victory, the last session of the year had him sitting 650grams behind the local favorite Matthew Langford with 5 anglers all within a 1kg ear shot of claiming the title. This left him with one shot left to claim the elusive title, and he had saved up one milk run that produced 2.50kg to have him 740grams clear of Mitchell Cone in second place.

Before the event even started we spoke to quite a few anglers and the word adaptability came up in nearly every conversation we had. The angler who could adjust with the changing wind, light, and temperatures would be the one who would claim the title.

We had 3 sessions across 2 days, with the wind changing through each session dramatically from SSE to NNW and Sunday it was SWW. This type of change generally makes for very tough fishing, but Boondooma still gave up some amazing fishing and we saw the big girls arrive to the weigh station like always.

Drawing 31st out a 32 start line wasn’t the ideal situation for Silvester, and with only 1.5 hours to go in the first session he had zero in the well and the signs were not good. Switching from the standard community holes that the majority of the anglers where fishing, Silvester moved out on his own and picked up a Jackall Squirrel 79DD Jerkbait with a Quantum Smoke S3 baitcaster rigged with Sunline PE8 and 12Lb FC Sniper leader on a Dobyns Champion 684 rod to recover from his bad start.

Slow twitching this lure through the shallow banks of Boondooma, he quickly picked up his bag and managed 2 important upgrades to have him sitting in equal 8th place, and a mere 470 grams behind.

Making a conscious decision to keep the first area clean, Dean headed back to a main community hole and picked up a Palms F Lead and Slow Blatts with a Quantum Smoke Speedfreak 30 rigged with Sunline PE EGI ULT 0.8PE and 10Lb FC Sniper leader on a Dobyns Champion Extreme 743 rod in session two. These spoon like lures works well when slowly retrieved through the schools of bass sitting suspended across the Boondooma flats and points. Putting together a solid bag moved him into third place and kept the dream alive.

With only 650grams separating him from first place Dean went back to his money hole, an area located up the Stewart Arm, he had kept the bank clean and ready to fish for his final charge.

Changing techniques to a Keitech Swing Impact swim bait matched to a 1/4 oz jighead with a Quantum Smoke PTia 25 rigged with Sunline PE EGI ULT 0.8PE and 10Lb FC Sniper leader on a Dobyns Champion 701 rod, he managed to work the area and managed multiple upgrades to put together his largest sack of the tournament.

With it all in front of him now, Silvester can relax, focus on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina and look to enjoy the trip of a life time. Heading to a different country to chase a different species is hard enough, but with his professionalism and determination, we are sure Dean will do the entire country proud in mid-October.


2nd Place Pro - Mitchell Cone – 6/6 – 6.26kg – $1,000 Atomic Cheque, $1,000 Frogleys VoucherGarmin Virb CameraTonic Eyewear, $590 Atomic entry credits voucherAtomic Championship 2nd Place Trophy.

Last year’s Champion Mitchell Cone, gave it his all and really stepped up in this big event proving how much ability he has across state lines. So many anglers struggle to compete on interstate water ways, and it seems the biggest challenge for NSW anglers is working out the northern strain bass. This result will go a long way to help Mitchell in future events, and he can walk away with his head held very high.

He definitely had the determination to keep hold of the title and only one angler stopped his progress to a back to back victory, and with limited practice time, and experience on Boondooma he had worked out a solid plan that came through all the way to the end.

Using his electronics, he looked for particular areas that were holding fish that were located in on or near ledges and gutters. He had worked out that the bass needed different presentations depending their location and used small hops, the burn and kill, slow roll retrieve and the bottom shake through the tournament.

His go-to spoon gear consisted of a Millerods US BassFreak, matched with a Shimano Ci4 Stradic reel, spooled up with Sufix 832 4lb braid and topped off with Sufix Super21 FC leader material.

With the team Championship being held on Lake Glenbawn in 2 weeks, Mitchell has the form to go one further and win his way to the U.S.A. to compete in the team championship come December, so keep a keen eye out for more on this event.


3rd Place Pro – Brett Turner – 6/6 – 6.19kg – $600 Atomic ChequeGarmin Virb Camera, $590 Atomic entry credits voucherAtomic Championship 3rd Place Trophy.

Brett Turner is a Kingaroy local that seems to improve at every tournament he competes in, and this third in the Atomic Championship consolidates his ability.

Having an early draw in the first session Brett decided to attack the community holes and had a specific area that has breaks between 40-60 foot of water, near the Carsberg area.

Catching over 40 bass through the tournament, all he needed to do was look for solid upgrades, and had worked out that mixing up a variety of spoons through the day created success.

His main go-to spoons consisted of the Nories Metal Wasaby, the new Maria Mucho Lucir and the Smak Knife to entice the bites all weekend.

He mentioned to us that the Maria was by far the stand out, and fishing with the 25 gram or 35 gram meant he had to change setups to make them work probably.

Fishing lighter he used a Dobyns 701 matched to a Daiwa Certate 2000 reel spooled up with 6lb Berkley Fireline Exceed and topped off with 10lb Sunline FC. When he picked up the heavier 35 grams he switched to the Dobyns 743 and a Daiwa Certate 2500 spooled with 8lb Berkley Fireline Exceed and topped off with 12lb Sunline FC.

The different in line weight changed the sink rates and allowed Brett to have complete control over the fall of the lure when fishing this particular technique.

With this solid 3rd place, it we will be very interested in seeing how Brett takes on next season and how he improves on this year.


Champion Co-Angler – Daniel McCoy – 4/6 – 5.35kg2 x Garmin Striker 7DV Fishfinders with GPSSamurai Refraction Rod, Samurai Reaction Rod, Tonic Polarised Eyewear, $100 Voucher, Atomic B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Champion Co-Angler Trophy, Atomic Championship Prize Pack.

Daniel McCoy is the perfect example of how an angler can improve over a short season, and in 3 short tournaments claim the Atomic B.A.S.S. Australian Championship, with a swagger of gear.

Being so close on Lake St Clair not long ago McCoy still had the hard memory etched inside his brain how Rob Tilley snatched victory off him in the last qualifier. So when Rob stepped to the stage and was last to weigh-in he mentioned how he felt a heavy weight of Déjà vu, and couldn’t believe that he came from so far back to take the title.

Practicing all year with good friends Garry Harman and Justin Freney, the anglers had devised a plan that they stuck to all weekend, and that was fishing a combination of Nories Metal Wasaby Spoons and Halco Twisties for the entire 3 sessions.

Seeing Daniel waiting in the morning to board Mitchel Cone’s boat, he was holding one main setup in his hand, said he was in the last session just to help Mitchell succeed to victory in the pro division.

Well that one setup did its job well and was a Daiwa Gen Black Wild Weasel Rod matched to a Daiwa Gen Black 2500 reel, spooled up with 8lb J-Braid and topped off with 12lb Sunline FC Rock leader material.

The trick to the last session was the movement of the lure, and he mixed it with hops, shakes and pauses to allow the ultra-big bass to hit the lure like a train. Managing the Tonic Eyewear Big Bass of the event, Daniel landed a 2.21kg Boondooma monster to also claim the pair of Tonic Eyewear.

With it all in front of him, Daniel now has a huge amount of tackle to top up the lure box and is ultra-keen to get stuck into next season.


2nd Place Co-Angler – Justin Freney – 6/6 – 5.18kgAtomic Arrowz RodSamurai Reaction Rod$100 VoucherAtomic Championship Prize Pack.

Like the majority of the field Freney used the highly popular spoon technique that has been extremely popular in the Queensland impoundments, and he had multiple lures that he transitioned through across the multiple sessions.

The Halco Twisty in 20 gram in gold and silver were always tied on, and he also used a Hotbite Gangbanger in silver and blue.

One thing that Justin does on his lures is upgrade the treble on the bottom to an ultra-sharp hook, and then he adds assist hooks to the top ring of the lure to increase the hook up rate.

His go to spoon setup consisted of a Shimano 2-4kg rod matched with a 2500 Sustain with 10lb Berkley Spider Wire main line and 8lb Sunline FC leader material.

With the second place finish, Justin will have a huge amount of confidence heading into Season 5 of the B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Series, with a long term goal to learn off the pro angler over the next years, he definitely will be looking to go pro at some stage.


3rd Place Co-Angler – Andrew Carlyle – 6/6 – 4.65kgSamurai InflictAtomic Arrowz Rod, $100 voucherAtomic Championship Prize Pack.

Andrew Carlyle is no stranger to success on Lake Boondooma, with a win already in a previous qualifier, Carlyle was again at the top of his game and managed the all-important 6 from 6 limit for the tournament.

Landing over 40 bass for the tournament, Andrew used a vertical hopping technique to entice the hook ups and the go-to lure was the Palms Slow Blatt in 30 grams.

His setup consisted of a Ecooda Black Hawk Rod matched with a 2500 Shimano Sustain Reel and spooled up with 10lb Power Pro braid topped off with 10lb Sunline FC Rock leader material.

Andrew has had some great results over the seasons and walked away with a huge amount of gear including 2 rods.

The Atomic Championship Wrap.

We have ran a huge amount of events this year and over the past 4 years, this recent event is easily the best tournament we have put on in the 4 seasons. The professionalism of the sport is ever increasing and the anglers really need to pat themselves on the back with the huge effort they have put in over the season.

A special thanks needs to go out to all the sponsors that have contributed so much over the season, and especially the Frogleys Offshore Family. Without all the help contributed this season the sport wouldn’t be in such good shape and we are looking to go bigger and better in 2018.

Special thanks also needs to go out to the South Burnett Regional Council and staff of the Lake Boondooma Caravan Park, the area is looking fantastic, the lake is fishing well and we are thankful for their support and help. Do yourself a favour and get online today to book your next fishing trip to Boondooma, catch the bass of a life time and enjoy the outdoors like no other place on earth.

A big congratulations to Jill Wales from NSW who ended up in the top 10 of the co-Angler AOY and lead the ladies out, Jill took home an awesome Samurai Refraction Rod for her efforts.

The staff and helpers of B.A.S.S. Australia Nation make this all possible, thanks to Cameron Jones, Tracy Brown and Lauren Kelly for an amazing season.

Stay tuned for next seasons announcements, the dates are already up so search for Dates Season 5 towards the top of the page and book your holidays now before you miss out.

Stay tuned as we bring you all the highlights of Dean Silvester and Dylan Fryer’s U.S.A. trip in October, we are super excited to put these two anglers together and interested in seeing how they will do on Lake Hartwell.

Thanks to all the fans that tuned in, see you next season.