HOBIE employee Greg Lewis secured his fifth win of the 2011 Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Series with victory in the QLD State Title event at Redcliffe last weekend.
Coming from 6th on day one to secure the win, Lewis mowed down a talented bunch of Queensland locals including day one leader Tristan Taylor, Humminbird Queensland BREAM Open runner-up Grayson Fong and Brisbane young gun Guy Struthers.
For Taylor it was the tournament that slipped through his fingers with the Hobie AFC angler blowing a 445 gram day one lead to slip to second.
Victory though belonged to Lewis with the kayak king fishing North Reef at Scarborough both days to catch his fish. Day one was an all hard body affair with Lewis fishing a slow rolled deep Atomic Hardz Crank 38 to catch his fish. The approach delivered him his limit by 10.30am and eight fish in total for the session, with a final bag of 1.535kg.
Day two as expected proved a lot tougher with Lewis fishless until 10.30am.
No longer using the hard body approach of day one Lewis swapped to a 1/20th oz Nitro jighead rigged New Penny coloured Berkley Gulp Shrimp fished close to the bottom with a slow lift and jiggle. The approach delivered Lewis his first fish just after 10.30am, and an hour and half later he had filled his bag and upgraded all three fish at least once. He weighed in the biggest bag for day two by nearly 400 grams.
Post victory Lewis was still in shock after having achieved a perfect season – 500 points out of a possible 500 in the Angler of the Year race.
With three more qualifying rounds and the grand final to go in the Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Series Lewis’ year could get even better as the next round at St Georges Basin on August 13-14 sees him compete on home water.
For event runner-up Tristan Taylor is was the event that got away with the Brisbane Dentist stumbling on the final day to hand Lewis the win. Taylor did take out the $100 Boss Hog Prize for the tournament with a 1.06kg bream.
Runner-up Tristan Taylor scored the biggest bream of the event.