BETS Round Three Wrap – February 2012

THESE days the quality of bream anglers is such that most tournaments are pretty close run events with a few grams often separating the top teams. Not this time! Mako Round Three on the Hawkesbury River saw one team dominate the field – the sun was shining and these boys certainly made hay!

Peter Kerr and Tim Staunton of Team Owner executed their plan to fish the popular Pittwater “Carpark” to perfection bringing home a huge 4.23 kg bag of five bream that placed them nearly a kilo ahead of the second placed team and well ahead of the majority of the seventy five teams that took part. Anchoring their bag was a superb 1.28kg fish that came on only the second cast of the day – start with the kicker fish – that’s the way!


Using the new Berkley Gulp Crabby in Camo colour, the old favorite Gulp Shrimp in Pepper Prawn and a selection of Powerbait Minnows the boys worked the flats methodically and even when boredom set in during a quiet period they resisted the temptation to move on, sticking out to grind out a bag of real quality. Their skill, patience and determination saw the team romp away with Mako Round Three, a cheque for $3300 and an Engel Camp Pack their well deserved reward.

That second placed team? Josh Batterson and Matt Webb from Boats a pair with a history of top BETS results on the Hawkesbury River and a dayof quality pre-fishing under their belt again backed up with a superb effort of 3.33kg. Fishing their favourite haunts around the “washes” the team also used a selection of Berkley Gulp lures pitched into turbulent water to pull five quality fish. No monsters, just good old fashioned quality – quality that secured the boys $2200 and a Mako Eyewear Prize pack courtesy of the event sponsor.

You want a monster? Here’s your monster! Dan Brown from team Hobie Fishing and the Evinrude Big Bream demonstrates the sort of breambo the system is famous for. Holding the scales down at 1.46kg this beast took a cut down 3 inch Z-man Shrimpz in Houdini pattern skilfully present by Dan over a patch of weed a midst the wharves of Pittwater.  A great fish that drew gasps from the crowd and earns Team Hobie a paid entry and the all-important first spot in the departure lounge for Round Four.

What a great day it was. The sun finally shone and the team from event sponsor Mako was on hand to not only feed our anglers after a hard day’s fishing but had a swag of bonus prizes on offer with $300 Mako Prize Pack handed out as part of the random draw. A big thanks to the Mako team for everything they did on the day and indeed everything they do for the Series – very much appreciated by all concerned.


So on we go to Forster and our round hosted by event sponsor Hobie Fishing on the 11th March. Its a huge weekend of bream fishing held in conjunction with the ABT Megabucks event.
See you soon,
The BETS Team

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