Gold Coast Series 2 2010 – Round 1 Wrap
The forecasts weren’t good but for most of the day the rains and wind stayed away for the 50 anglers that fished round 1 of the KFT TT Lures / Extreme Kayak Gold Coast Bream Series. Sovereign Island was the venue, with boundaries of the Coomera River and Crab Island. From the siren kayak anglers spread out across the Gold Coast waterways fishing the flats, canals, Coomera, and a myriad of natural and man made structure.
Sovereign Island offered a wide variety of structure Each angler was given a KFT measure board and catch card to record their catch, their aim to catch 5 bream of 23cm+ to the fork of the tail, photograph these and return them to the water. They fish from 6:30am till 12:30pm and penalties apply for late return. There are over $5000 worth
of prizes up for grabs at each round including prizes for the top 15 finishes, 15 random draw prizes, a $200 BCF Gift Card for the BCF BIG Bream and one angler who fishes on the day will have their number drawn out and walk away with a Fish Bandit Kayak from Extreme Kayaks valued at $699.
Mmmmm poppers, one of Michael Halliday’s 3 fish For those that missed out on a prize there were also some hats and stubby holders available, thanks to our generous sponsors, so no-one missed out. What a sponsors list it is too with stacks of fantastic prizes from Extreme Kayak, TT Lures, Mako Eyewear, Berkley, Ecogear, Atomic, Damiki, Solution Paddle Gear, Watersnake Electric Motors, Gary Howard Rods, EvaKool Iceboxes, Daiwa, Sun2Sea UV Clothing and BCF. For round 1 of the KFT Damiki also gave each angler a packet of soft plastics to fish with and competitors also had until Mar 26 at 5pm to send in a photo of a fish caught on these plastics to firstname.lastname@example.org, the winning photo receiving 11 packets of Damiki’s new Monster Miki soft plastics.
Top 15 finisher Peter Bostock with a cracker tailor The lead up to the full moon meant big tides and plenty of run, which can often get the bait and fish moving but can make it a little tough on the yakkers. Even with the strong current an impressive 22 anglers measured in legal bream, with many additional reports of small bream and bicatch that included flathead, trevally, tailor, whiting and sweetlip. Birds working signaled schools of tailor and several anglers couldn’t resist the opportunity to test their drags and light line in the feeding frenzy, landing tailor of up to 60cm. Coming in 5th for round 1 was Richard Creighton with 3 bream for 76.3cm. Richard did the hard yards early paddling up to Crab Island where he landed his fish on an Atomic Hardz Crank 38 Mid fished across the flats.
Fourth spot went to Damiki angler Al Britcliffe who took his 4 fish for 95.3cm early on the Damiki Vault 42 Blade fished in open country at the northern end of Sovereign Island on the incoming tide. Guy Struthers took out 3rd place, he also landed 4 fish but a solid 27.2 and 100.4cm total bag put him just ahead of Al.
Shane checking and recording fish lengths at the measure in The top two finishers both managed to land their full bag of five fish with Stephen Maas taking out
2nd with 5 fish for 117.8cm and Declan Williams winning round 1 with 5 fish for 131.9cm. Declan’s winning bag included a solid kicker fish of 34.2cm
to the fork that also took out the BCF Big Bream.
Stephen’s fish came on Berkley Gulp soft plastics, while Declan’s fish were landed on Jackall Chubbys hard bodied lures with his big bream coming on an Atomic Hardz Crank 38. Once again the top 5 anglers used a variety of techniques including surface, hard bodied, soft plastics and blade lures to get them into the top spots.Declan’s Big Bream, a cracker 34.2cm fork length fish taken on an Atomic Hardz Crank 38. As well as picking up a Humminbird Matrix 12 Sounder, Berkley Pack and Platypus line for the win Declan also took out the BCF Big Bream and $200 Gift Card, well done. The catch cards from the 22 anglers that measured in fish again showed the consistently producing lures were Berkley Gulp 2” Shrimp and 3” Minnow rigged on Nitro or TT Lures jigheads, Atomic Hardz, especially the Crank 38 in the mid and deep, Ecogear SX40 and SX40LC, Damiki Vault and TT Lures Switchblade blades and a range of surface poppers. If you are keen to get into a bit of breaming having a range of these lures in your tray should give you maximum chance of landing a few.
Round 1 Solution Helium Paddle winner was Merlin Winten and the Extreme Kayak winner was Jayden……. Thanks again to the sponsors, please support these guys as they support yak fishing and thanks to the anglers for making it another cracker event. Upcoming rounds are March 28 not far from the Gold Coast Casino and April 18 on the Pelican Beach foreshore near the Sundale Bridge, spots are limited and filling fast and entry forms and venue map are available at www.kft.net.au.
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1 Declan Williams f1:34.2 f2:24.9 f3:23.3 f4:24.2 f5:25.3 Total131.9
2 Stephen Maas f1:23.2 f2:24.7 f3:23.4 f4:23.1 f5:23.4 Total117.8
3 Guy Struthers f1:26 f2:27.2 f3:23.6 f4:23.6 Total100.4
4 Alan Britcliffe f1:25.8 f2:23.1 f3:23.1 f4:23.3 Total95.3
5 Richard Creighton f1:23.6 f2:29.4 f3:23.3 Total76.3
6 Alex Terrill f1:25.1 f2:26 f3:24.8 Total75.9
7 Michael Halliday f1:25.2 f2:25 f3:25.6 Total75.8
8 Nick Meredith f1:25 f2:23.1 f3:23.9 Total72
9 Michael Keates f1:27.4 f2:28.9 Total56.3
10 Peter Morrison f1:26.4 f2:27 Total53.4
11 Tim Maas f1:23.4 f2:25.8 Total49.2
12 Chiron Weber f1:24.4 f2:23.2 Total47.6
13 Peter Bostock f1:23.3 f2:23.4 Total46.7
14 Tyson Hayes f1:27.4 Total27.4
15 Roger Stevens f1:26.2 Total26.2