Comp Report: Monster bite at Mallacoota SBS Round

BASIN Lure and Fly Anglers Inc held Round 5 of the Southern Bream Series (SBS) at Mallacoota on Saturday and Sunday May 23, 24 – the event was proudly sponsored by Austackle.

The weather in the weeks preceeding the event had been what could only be described as “ordinary”, with hundreds of millimetres of rain falling but the waterway was still in great condition and competitors who pre-fished all said Mallacoota was producing good fish.

Cold conditions and overcast skies greeted the boating teams and kayak anglers on Saturday morning, and the day remained that way with consistent cold winds. It was the same again on Sunday, but later beacme pleasantly warm and sunny.

The final winner in the Boating section was Team Mad Mexicans with Dean Gamble and Bowan Joiner with a 10/10 bag total of an amazing 10.060kg!


Bowan Joiner from team Mad Mexicans with a couple of the fish that made up the winning bag of 10.060kg.

Second went to the Team Shimano/Fishing World with Wal Balzan and Tony Rutkowski weighing in a 10/10 bag total of 9.480kg.

Third was Team Barflies with Mark Hayes and Jesse Rotin scoring a 10/10 bag total of 9.160kg.

Fourth went to Team Loft with Paul Holmes and Greg Rooke with a 10/10 bag total of 8.900kg. Fifth was a draw with Team Hurricane’s Peter Nord and Michael Newman and Team Need A Win’s Paul Wilson and Liam Carruthers with 10/10 bag totals of 8.760kg.

In the Boating section, 36 teams achieved their full bag of 10 fish over the two day event and there were a total of 520 fish caught for a combined weight of 376.540kg for 115 anglers.

The Austackle Big Bream prize was taken out by Greg Rooke with a solid 1.510kg fish.

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Austackle Big Bream prize winner Greg Rooke (left) and Tani Konsul with her 1.490kg fish which tied for 2nd place. 

Jim Harnwell with his 1.490kg fish that was equal 2nd biggest for the comp (with Tani Konsul’s fish, above).

The cash payouts for the top 5 were: 1st $3,393, 2nd $1,696, 3rd $848, 4th $508 & 5th $340 (shared).

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Ian Miller and Chris Wright (left) with a couple of nice fish; Brian Hunt (right) took out the Kayak section.

The Kayak section was won by Team Totally Immersed – Brian Hunt with a bag of 6/6 totalling a very impressive 5.920kg, second went to Team Todd – Todd Chown with a bag of 6/6 totalling 4.270kg and third went to Team Michelle – Michelle Gamble with a bag of 6/6 totalling 4.190kg. In the Kayak section there were a total of 69 fish for a combined weight of 48.610kg for 16 anglers.

The Austackle Big Bream prize was taken out by Brian Hunt with another solid 1.280kg fish. Cash payouts for the top 3 were: 1st $686, 2nd $349 & 3rd $212.

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The organisers would like to thank all competitors and sponsors: Austackle, Shimano, Fishing World, Tonic Eyewear, Hobie Fishing, Skeeter Boats / Power Pole, Totally Immersed Watersports, iHound GPS Solutions, Asakura Lures/Techfish and Attack Fishing Apparel.

Round 6 will be held on Sunday 28th August at Sydney Harbour.

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