The weekend of the 16th & 17th of June saw 46 teams of keen bream anglers take to the water at Metung on the Gippsland Lakes for the Club Marine East Gippsland Bream Classic. The township of Metung hosted the event and anglers were greeted on both days with beautiful clear skies and a light breeze. Even with great conditions this tournament turned out to be one that many bream anglers would rather forget as the sudden cold snap and impending floods that would follow the event shut the bream down so much so that 92 seasoned bream anglers could only manage to weigh in 28 bream for the weekend. With Gippsland Lake's awesome reputation this event was one for the record books.

Although the conditions were unbelievably tough some anglers managed to land those few crucial fish that got them up the leader board and into the top ten. Stephen Duff and Rick Massie of Team Tica Strike-Pro were no exception as they managed to land the 1.54kg Eco-Gear Big Bream contender on day 1, then backed that up on day 2 with a solid bag of 2 bream for 1.66kg to give them the victory with a 2 day bag of 3 fish for 3.20kg, a great effort considering the conditions.

Anglers blasted from the starting line on day 1 unaware that only 10 bream were going to be landed on the Saturday. Taking out the Saturday Berkley Round 1 prize pack was Team Doma's Damien and Zig Domagala who weighed in 2 bream for 1.98kg. Team Doma was followed closely by Team Tica Strike Pro who thanks to Rick Massie weighed in 1 cracking 1.54kg bream keeping them well in the hunt.

After many anglers drowned their sorrows on the Saturday night at the Metung Hotel Sunday saw some very heavy hang overs head to the check in. Many anglers were at a lose as to what they should be doing differently to get those stubborn bream to bite, but for a few teams they found a few good fish that we willing to play the game.
Heading to Toms Creek Stephen Duff and Rick Massie managed to find a water temperature of 11.5 degrees and using a combination of strike pro pygmy hard body lures, Juro long tailed minnows in the red rum colour on a 1/16 ounce jig-head attached to Climax Braid and Frogs Hair fluorocarbon leaders as light as 1.5kg they managed to pull 2 solid fish giving them the Club Marine East Gippsland Shire Crown victory with their 3.2kg bag. Their set ups where all Tica rods and reels consisting of Taurus, Splendor and Libra reels matched to Tica Crispex rods and Stephen Duff own new prototype rods from Tica due to be in tackle stores soon.

An honourable mention has to go to Team SSBB's Phil Smallman and Sing Ling who took out the Sunday Berkley Round 2 prize with an impressive 1 day bag of 3 fish for 3.2kg just missing out on taking the victory based on a count back. To make matters worse the boys failed to weigh in the 1 bream that they had caught on the Saturday due to boat troubles which would have handed them the victory. On a positive note for the boys they are now equal leaders for the Club Marine Team Of The Year Award, just showing their consistent performances this year. The Eco-Gear Big Bream was smashed on the Sunday by Team Dead Ducks Daryl Baird and Bradley Lestrange with an impressive black bream pulling the scales down at 1.76kg.

Bream Fight Back at Metung
Metung 2007 Report


Posted: July 23 2007 10:00pm

©2008 Vic Bream Classics
Comp
Pos
Team
Name
Angler's
Name
Rnd1
Fish
Rnd 1
Weight
Rnd2
Fish
Rnd 2
Weight
Total
Fish
Total
Weight
1
Tica - Strike Pro
Stephen Duff
Rick Massie
1
1.54
2
1.66
3
3.20
2
Team SSBB
Phil Smallman
Sing Ling
0
0.00
3
3.20

3
3.20
3
Dead Ducks
Daryl Baird
Bradley Lestrange
2
1.28
1
1.76
3
3.04
4
Team Doma
Damien Domagala
Zig Domagala
2
1.98
1
0.86
3
2.84
5
Team Mercury
Stuart Buckingham
Steve Joy
0
0.00
2
1.86
2
1.86
6
Team Berkley
Shane Dyason
Andrew Axon
0
0.00
3

1.74
3
1.74
7
Hank Hunters
Lucas Smith
Dwayne Nielsen
1
0.93
1
0.74
2
1.67
8
Mitchell Fishing & Outdoors
Aaron Dyer
Graeme Dear
1
1.40
0
0.00
1
1.40
9
Thatís Fishing-The Grubs
Stephen Theodore
Ken McCoombe
0
0.00
1
1.26
1
1.26
10
Team Humminbird
Shaun Clancy
Wayne Friebe
1
0.58
1
0.48
2
1.06
11
Stiffy Lures
Chris Wright
Kaj Busch
0
0.00
1
1.04
1
1.04
12
Team EGM
Paul Conn
Justin Conn
0
0.00
1
0.70
1
0.70
13
Lure Only
Martin Fellows
Mike Doody
0
0.00
1
0.66
1
0.66
14
Taylor Made
Stuart McKinnon
Graeme Taylor
1
0.62
0
0.00
1
0.62
15
JV Marine
Cameron Whittam
Tan Trieu
1
0.50
0
0.00
1
0.50
16
Colac Tackle Supplies
Steve Parker
Warwick Hamer
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
17
Hooked On Bream
Barry Thomas
Bob Sanderson
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
18
Uk-lyptus
Clyde Hulme
Ralph Norman
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
19
Team Cormorant
Allan Moore
Spiro Spyropoulos
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
20
Rock Apes
Josh Van Heek
Paul Sheean
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
21
Team Tyre Power
Dean Gamble
Mark Cribbes
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
22
Tackle World Geelong
Andrew Smith
Steve Stojanovski
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
23
Fish-A-Fare
Shane Barling
Trent Stephenson
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
24
Smack That
Brad Hodges
Michael Hodges
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
25
Aus Community Finance
Roger Thornton
Tom Deer
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
26
Team Gulp
Jarrod Healey
Dean Granger
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
27
Rod-Tip
Rod Stephens
Paul Tippett
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
28
Nelson Boat Hire
Chris Carson
Brett Carson
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
29
Bream Bandits
Scott Westbury
Peter Cann
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
30
Hooked On Rods 'N' Reels
Mick Rantall
Michelle Gamble
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
31
Game Plan
Byron Blain
Jordan Trusty
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
32
Top Enders
Romeo Prezioso
Carlo DiToro
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
33
Bream Busters
Con Markopoulos
Alex Papas
0.00
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
34
Haines Hunter
Eric Tattersall
Bryden Wilson
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
35
Team Mako
Steve Wheeler
Gary Lockyer
0
0.00
0

0.00
0
0.00
36
Reelmen - S.E.M.A.S
Doug Phayer
Dany Torgersen
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
37
Evo Cycles
Steve Jennings
Jason Pittorino
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
38
Angler's Edge
Brian Pelle
Nick Mace
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
39
Team MK2
Tim Atkins
Frank Tzortzoukas
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
40
Bream Wizzards
Paul Ford
Stuart Ford
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
41
Ray & Annes Tackle
Tom Hahn
Bryan Johnson
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
42
12 Apostles Helicopters
Chris Allwood
Trevor Hirst
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
43
Bluey's Bait & Tackle
Robert Harvey
Mick Pressnell
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
44
Brother's Bream
Matt Wright
Danny Wright
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
45
Breamin Blues
Neil Chegwidden
Cindy Allen
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00
46
2 Matt's
Matt Campbell
Matt Bowman
0
0.00
0
0.00
0
0.00


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