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Tonic BP Team Open – Full Report

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B.A.S.S. AUSTRALIA NATION
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

                                                 

We headed to a blasting hot weekend in the South Burnett Region and one of the favourite lakes for the first round of the Tabs Boats Team Series and the fishing turned on with the majority of anglers reporting of catching over 100 bass per day. With those type of numbers on offer and the high calibre of anglers competing, we saw Sporty’s Fishing take out their first 

We headed to a blistering hot weekend in the South Burnett Region and one of the favourite lakes for the first round of the Tabs Boats Team Series and the fishing turned on with the majority of anglers reporting of catching over 100 bass per day. With those type of numbers on offer and the high calibre of anglers competing, we saw Sporty’s Fishing take out their first B.A.S.S. title in the Tonic BP Team Open.

Jonno Bale and Ben Biggs of Sporty’s Fishing was the only team to weigh over 7kgs and won the event by an impressive 1.35kg with total of 8 bass of 7.20kgs. The team used the deadly Berkley Gulp Minnow Grubs in black colour and worked the lure a little differently to the rest of the field.

Matching the Berkley Minnow Grub with a 3/8th of an ounce Tackle Tactics Jig Head the pair made sure that the lure hit the bottom after each cast and really burnt the lure back with constant bites and hook-ups in just about every retrieve. Biggs mentioned to us that, (we had to work it like you would burn back a slug when chasing mackerel or tuna), which meant they really had to get that lure moving to secure the larger bites of the tournament.

They used a combination of Dobyns and Edge rods matched with Diawa spinning reels, and used 6lb mainline and 6lb leader material as their connection to this hard fighting bass.

Taking home, a swagger of gear from the sponsors, a $400 cheque, Tonic trophies and instantly qualifying for the Tabs Boats Championship where the winner will get an opportunity to travel to the USA and compete in the B.A.S.S. Nation Team Championship. With extended knowledge on Boondooma and an increasing resume, Sporty’s Fishing will defiantly be one to watch out for in the 3rd quarter of this year.

In second place, last year’s Team of the Year, Matthew Langford and Corey Goldie pushed Sporty’s all the way to the end and also landed large numbers of fish for the weekend. They also used Berkley Gulp Minnow Grubs to target the bass, but used the Pepper Prawn colour as their go to lure for the weekend. Using Millerods Rods matched to Stradics spooled with Yamatoyo 9lb mainline and 8lb leader they found they got a bite on every other cast and really enjoyed the weekends fishing.

Targeting bass using their new Garmin sounders in 10-14 feet, they worked the lures a little more steadily and found they caught huge numbers of bass, but it was hard to find those critical larger bites. Langford described the Garmin units as clear as he has ever seen, and that they actually picked things up that they didn’t know where in the area before.

Look out for this team in the next round, they will be super keen to go back to back in the Team of the Year standings and push themselves into favouritism come championship time.

Rounding out the top 3 was the Bass Demons consisting of Rory Saint and Garry Bezzina who also used Berkley Gulp Minnow Grubs to secure their limits and also claim the Berkley Big Bass of the event. The bass demons used combination of burning retrieves with stop start retrieves to also catch massive numbers of bass and had an absolute ball fishing for the 2 days.

Mentioning to us that they had a very slow start to their practice day, they worked hard to find the right schools and techniques to secure any fish early on. Once they switched to the Gulp Minnow Grub lure matched to a Tackle Tactics jig head they had a lot more success, and used Barrabass IP841 rods matched to 2500 spinning reels for the weekend.

Still well within striking distance for the Team of the Year title, Bezzina and Saint will be keen for another top 3 to take home the title.

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The Tonic Wrap.

Special thanks to Corey and Nicki Goldie of the Yallakool Caravan Park for the great hospitality and use of the park area.

The support of all our sponsors is critical, but Doug and the team at Tonic have been on-board since day one and we need to recognise and thank them for everything they have done.

Special thanks to the Tabs Team as they came on in a big way for 2018, Dean Wilson and crew at Tabs build stunning boats and as we saw in this weekend round the winning team was running one of their units.