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Wilson Claims the Native Watercraft Championship - Full Report

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B.A.S.S. AUSTRALIA NATION
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Peter Wilson claimed the Native Watercraft B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Kayak Championship in what was an extremely tough tournament on the weekend of the Championship for many anglers.

Perfect weather conditions were forecast for Kayaking over the weekend, the big question was would enough wind turn up to get the bass going. With Lake Somerset really not producing big numbers of bass, Wilson was 

Peter Wilson claimed the Native Watercraft B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Kayak Championship in what was an extremely tough tournament on the weekend of the Championship for many anglers.

Perfect weather conditions were forecast for Kayaking over the weekend, the big question was would enough wind turn up to get the bass going. With Lake Somerset really not producing big numbers of bass, Wilson was able to catch a limit in the first 2 sessions while others really struggled to even create bites.

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Champion Angler

Peter Wilson – 4/6 – 6.85kg – Trip to the U.S.A. to compete in a Bassmaster Open as a co-angler, Native Watercraft B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Kayak Champion Trophy.

Wilson used a burn and kill retrieve using a combination of the Hot Bite G2 20gm spoon in Holo Waka colour and a Happy Ending Families Back Drop jig in Zebra Glow colour in 20gm. 

The location was right near the Kirkleagh take off area, which gave Wilson a lot of time to work on the schools as travel time was out of the question. It was quiet funny each session as he left the anglers power away and slowly worked an area in sight of the start line.

The go to setup for the spoon techniques was a St Croix Mojo Bass spin rod 6-10lb rod matched with a Shimano Ci4 2500 with 8lb braid & 8lb leader material, and he messaged that he always used a burn and kill retrieve on Somerset. The critical factor is to keep the lure tight to the bottom, so by allowing the kill time to be significant the lure will flick the mud up and create commotion which in turn attracts the XOS Somerset Bass.

Wilson now sets his sights to the U.S.A. to compete in a Bassmaster Open of his choosing, while opening commenting that he has absolutely no idea about the Large Mouth, Spotted Bass & Smallmouth populations, he is super excited about the trip.

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2nd Place Angler

Alan Britcliffe – 4/6 – 5.28kg – $500 Native Watercraft Cheque, Garmin Striker 7SV & Transducer, Tonic Eyewear, Native Watercraft Tackle Prize Pack.

Britcliffe has had an amazing year, taking out the AOY for 2018 and was ever so close to successfully pulling off a double like last year’s champion Jonathan Chen.

Unlike Wilson Britcliffe decided to travel, and managed to get to Pelican Point at every session as he had a solid plan of super large bass after the official practice day.

Using a 20 gram Halco Twisty tricked up with the No 6 Owner Trebles & Van Fook Twin Dancers has worked the lure slow and low to create opportunities through the first 2 sessions.

Britcliffe has a favourite Duffrod for this technique and matched it with Okuma Helios SX30 spooled with 8ln J-Braid and 8lb Sunline FC Sniper leader material.

Britclife has put a lot of time and effort into his success over the years, and again he has come close to a big win, look out for Britcliffe in 2019.

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3rd Place Angler

Ethan Hugo – 4/6 – 4.50kg – Tonic Big Bass – 2.38kg - $400 Native Watercraft Cheque, Native Watercraft Tackle Prize Pack. BB – Tonic Eyewear.

In 3rd place and a massive congratulations was Ethan Hugo, who at only 16 years of age carried himself and fished far superior of 16. Fishing in only 2ndB.A.S.S. Australia Nation event and the 1s ttime in Queensland waters for bass, Hugo went on not only ended up in 3rd place, but also secured the Tonic Big Bass of the event.

Fishing near the island off the Kirkleagh flats area, Hugo used a vertical up and down retrieve with a 20g Palms Slow Blatt Oval in MG-530 colour and found the going tough at times. He kept his concentration and when he finally got bites he worked the fish carefully to the surface in what he describes a very tense few minutes.

Running a G-loomis e6x 4-10lb rod matched with a 2506 Daiwa Luvias with 12lb Sunline Cast Away main line braid and 10lb FC Rock leader material, he put an extensive time into research and thanked a few fellow anglers for some critical input into his plans for Somerset.

Taking home some great cash and prizes, Hugo is now setup to project into the 2019 series with confidence and is already super excited about fishing next year’s round. 

Keep a keen eye on this young man, as he seems to have a great temperament, and really wanted to thank his uncle for touring around with him.

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The Native Watercraft Kayak Championship Wrap.

Special thanks to all the sponsors involved in making this series a great success, we feel that only after 2 seasons this is definitely on track for bigger and better things. Native Watercraft/ Capacity Sports has contributed so much over the past 2 years and needs a special thanks from us and the anglers.

Keep an eye out here for the future dates soon.