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Team B.A.S.S. Australia takes a top 30 in the Bassmaster Team Championship.

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B.A.S.S. AUSTRALIA NATION
Saturday, December 9, 2017

  

Team B.A.S.S. Australia – Dean Silvester & Mark Ferguson – Mountain Home, Ar. U.S.A.

Team B.A.S.S. Australia managed a cheque of a US$1,000.00 with their 30th place after a tough effort in freezing cold condition on Lake Norfolk in Arkansas U.S.A.. In literally minus degree conditions for the entire tournament Dean Silvester of Qld, Mark Ferguson of

Team B.A.S.S. Australia – Dean Silvester & Mark Ferguson – Mountain Home, Ar. U.S.A.

Team B.A.S.S. Australia managed a cheque of a US$1,000.00 with their 30th place after a tough effort in freezing cold condition on Lake Norfolk in Arkansas U.S.A.. In literally minus degree conditions for the entire tournament Dean Silvester of Qld, Mark Ferguson of NSW, smashed the bass catching 40 to 50 keepers in each session of the 2 days of competition in the Bassmaster Team Championship, and against a 161 boat field managed a cheque with zero experience on the lake and very little exposure to the species.

Limits every day is always the primary goal of any team fishing a Championship.

The team did Australia very proud and have continued the solid run of form for Aussies this year, backing up Dylan Fryer’s and Dean Silvester’s great results in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship in October 2017 on Lake Hartwell.

Special Thanks to this man on the left. The team enjoyed meeting with bass pro Kevin Short.

With a huge number of other teams even struggling to find a bite, Silvester and Ferguson had worked hard on the 2 day practice period to find the right locations and the pattern to make a stamp on the leader board. With such a small window of opportunity to see the massive waterway it was always going to be against them to find the critical large bite areas, but they did amazing well to crack one of the most productive pattern on the lake.

The lads are having a ball.

Fishing crankbaits hard and fast through the shallows, the team has specific go to banks that produced all tournament, but also found that they could follow other teams through areas and still catch good numbers of bass behind them.

The conditions were icy to say the least.

Running a Bass Cat Puma FTD with a 250HP Honda on the back was an absolute dream for the anglers, and we were very blessed that Rick Pearce (Bass Cat Owner) and Kevin Short (International Sales) lent us this boat for the tournament. Dean Silvester mentioned that “The Bass Cat performed flawlessly all weekend and with the 250Hp Honda on the back we knew we had the reliability to get around in the cold weather”.

The anglers from Australia are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with, as www.bassmaster.com and the Bass Zone did exclusive stories on the team over the week, noting the performances of Silvester & Ferguson’s effort over the Team Championship and B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.

The goal, top 3 teams get a shot at making the Bassmaster Classic.

Abu Garcia also supplied Ferguson with a swag of gear that helped him get through the tournament, and with his first exposure to Large Mouth, Spotted Bass and Smallies, he mentioned to us “that the bass fishing in the U.S.A. is so much fun”, and went on to mention, “this is truly a trip of a life time, fishing with my mate Dean and working out the pattern took a lot of work, but felt very rewarding when it all came together”.

With 2 days to go the guys haven’t finished fishing yet, with a big day planned on Bull Shoals today and a trip to the Bass Pro Shop in Spingfield Mo on their way home, it seems they have only got started on the U.S.A. species and can’t get enough.

The 161 boat field stretched for a long way, what a sight.

Send through your cheers to these guys, on such a huge effort mentally and physically over the weeks fishing, they have done themselves, their families and Australia proud this week on the global stage.

Stay tuned as we bring you more highlight via images and videos over the week ahead.