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Yak tournament series expands

Building on the momentum of a successful inaugural Bream Kayak series, a new schedule for the 2009/2010 Hobie Bream Kayak Tour has been announced.

What started as a small series in Queensland and NSW has now expanded into a series incorporating events in WA, SA, Victoria, Tasmania, NSW and Queensland.

In these kayak specific events competitors may fish in their own craft for the qualifying events, before qualifiers for the ABT Hobie Bream Kayak Grand Final compete from identical, factory supplied Hobie kayaks – complete with recirculating livewells – to create a truly level playing field.
In the events competitors target bream on lures with each angler able to weigh in their three, biggest, legal fish at the end of the fishing session.

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There have been rule modifications for the 2009/10 season – see below.

• Anglers will now fish for a limit of three bream instead of two.

• Two day events will feature a new format where an angler can fish either/both of the tournament days, however, their best bag of the two they can weigh will count towards the final results, Angler of the Year (AOY) points and Grand Final qualification. Combination of the two days’ results will be used for ranking points only.

• Each state’s events will culminate with State Titles, where a larger number of Grand Final qualifying spots are up for grabs. State Titles are decided on a cumulative two-day bag.

• Several events will be run in close proximity to ABT Bream events, so that kayakers and power boaters can interact at weigh-ins and share knowledge and techniques. At some venues, competitors will fish the same body of water and at others adjacent water bodies will be used.

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ABT Hobie BREAM Kayak Tour Calendar

Sep 19-20 Glenelg River VIC 2xday
Nov 7-8 Narrabeen Lake NSW 2xday
Nov 14-15 Gold Coast QLD 2xday
Dec 12-13 Redcliffe QLD 2xday
Jan 9-10 Noosa QLD 2xday
Jan 23 Sydney Harbour NSW 1xday
Jan 26 Bemm River VIC 1xday
Feb 6-7 Westlakes SA 2xday
Feb 13-14 Walpole WA 2xday
Feb 28 Scamander River TAS 1xday
Mar 13-14 Forster NSW 2xday
Mar 27-28 Mallacoota VIC 2xday
Apr 17-18 Camden Haven NSW 2xday
May 2010 BREAM Kayak GFNSW 2xday

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Full rules and entry forms will be uploaded on and on on September 4 – including specific details for the opening round on the Glenelg River.



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