2016 Bayford Volkswagen East Gippsland Bream Classic
Team Colac Tackle Samurai Rod's Steve Parker and Dan Mackrell produce a solid 2 days fishing to just over take Team Keepin It Reel's Isaac Primmer and Morgan Flook by 3 grams to claim the 2016 Bayford Volkswagen East Gippsland Bream Classic victory.
The weekend of the 30th of April 2016 saw 54 teams head down to Mallacoota for the Bayford Volkswagen East Gippsland Bream Classic. Being Rnd 3 of the 2016 Atomic Bream Classic Series it was time for teams to really have a good result if they were a chance to challenge for the Club Marine Team of the Year title. For Team Colac Tackle's Dan Mackrell and Steve Parker it would be yet another successful weekend to add to there many victories as they produced 2 solid days fishing to claim the Bayford Volkswagen East Gippsland Bream Classic title for 2016.
There is no better way to hear how a team secured victory than directly from the guys themselves so here is the weekend review direct from Team Colac Tackle Samurai Rods Dan Mackrell. "On Day 1 we took off in 15th place and went straight to the edge of Goodwin Sands hoping to fill a quick limit and get out of there. It looked like we had the place to ourselves or so we thought anyway, upon arrival the area was getting harassed by a pod of dolphins. We fished for 5-10 minutes without so much as a bite so lifted the electric motor and got out of there. We went to our big fish area from the day before and really didn't move to far from here for the rest of the day. First fish in the well was a chunky 35cm fork length fish, 2 casts later a 37cm found its way to the net, shortly after that the hooks pulled out of a really solid fish just shy of the net, dam. Things went quiet for a little while and we worked our way back to where we started in a deeper little hole that dropped off from the main flat. This is obviously where the fish had retreated to and once we hit this mark again we quickly filled out our limit. With another 36cm chunk we really only needed to upgrade two 30cm fish to have a solid bag. It was only 8:30am so we had plenty of time. We just kept cruising around in that area trialling different runs looking for more holes and drop offs trying to key in to exactly what the fish were doing. We caught plenty of 28-30cm fish throughout the session but interestingly enough after a couple of hours we visited the deeper hole again no sooner had we got there we managed to upgrade our two smaller fish and replaced them with a 36 and 33cm fish. We didn't get anymore upgrades during the session but instead rested our key area which was probably only the size of 2 basketball courts. Steve who owns and runs Colac Tackle normally has a great laugh when the tailor population are in force and can always be heard saying whilst laughing how good they for the tackle industry when you get bitten of beside him. There was no laughing on this day as by the end of the session and as a result of some serious tackle loss we were both running very low on the Atomic Seekerz 1/11oz jigheads and grub style plastics that had been doing the damage for us. We had both lost count of the amount of times we had to re rig and re tie jigheads throughout the last couple of days. Thankfully we were able to re stock for day 2 thanks to good friends Declan, Corey, Damian and Adam for digging deep for us". As the boys placed there bag on the scales after a very productive day they had 5/5 bream for 4.47kg and sitting in 2nd place behind young guns Isaac Primmer and Morgan Flook from Team Keepin It Reel who weighed in 5/5 bream for 4.55kg and a bag that would secure them the Maria Lures Best Bag Prize for the weekend.
"Taking off on Day 2 in 2nd some 80 grams behind the leaders we were keen to get at it and put in another big day. Fishing started off ok, we had a limit before 8am, but not 1 of those fish did we want to be there at the end of the day. Had the bigger fish moved on? We decided that we would just persist in this area knowing that we hadn't found bigger fish in many other places. Some time later after a couple of small upgrades we got a couple of 34cm fish, things were on the up and you could tell the fish where about to fire up. The bait and tailor pushed back into the deeper area and the larger bream must have cruised back in underneath for an easy meal. Another 35cm fish came aboard shortly after and we were up and about. The next 2 big bites didn't stay connected and I pulled hooks on these fish just after the hook up. With big head shakes we know they were the big upgrades we were after. Things died off after this and we were left wondering what could have been. 12:00 arrived and so did the wind, working hard on the electric motor and fishing our key area into the breeze was difficult, I made a change and put on the 1/8oz Atomic seekerz head to ensure I spent maximum time in the strike zone and it paid off in the form of a bream just under 38cms. With the smallest fish in the well around 33cms we fished hard until the last minute trying for another kicker. Time was up and it was time to head back to the weigh in. Back at the scales our 5 fish weighed 4.24kgs giving us a total of 10/10 bream for 8.71kgs". The final Days weigh in was super close with Team Keepin It Reel also weighing in a solid bag of 5/5 Bream for 4.13kg, however when the calculations were done the boys from Colac Tackle Samurai Rods had done just enough to seek past Keepin It Reel to Claim victory. One of the other highlights of Day 2 was the cracking JML Anglers Alliance Big Bream of 1.48kg weighed in by Team MPW's Peter Marshall and Will Reinelt.
Next stop sees the 2016 Atomic Bream Classic Series head to Metung on the Gippsland Lakes for the Club Marine East Gippsland Bream Classic. For more information or if you'd like to get involved in the series please visit www.vicbreamclassics.com.au