FEW words command the attention of all bream anglers quite like “Mallacoota”. Once again this magical bream Mecca did not disappoint when the Shimano Third Round of the Atomic Southern Bream Series was held there in early April. In near perfect conditions eighty boats made their way to the start line along with twenty kayaks with anticipation amongst the anglers running high with that perfect 5kg bag on everyone’s mind.
The day one weigh-in showed promise with the leaders weighing in bags around the 4kg mark and more than half the field bringing in their five fish limit but day two is always “championship” day. The kayaks weighed in first with Jason Reid of team Pontoon21/Damiki taking the win with a nice six fish, two-day bag of 4.22kgs. Simon Morley from team fishin.com.au/13 Fishing took out second with a respectable bag of 3.53kg and Shane Taylor of team Totally Immersed rounded out the top three with a bag of 3.36kg. David Suthern took out the Kayak Austackle Big Bream Prize with a healthy fish of 1.13kgs.
The boating division was taken out by Nick Reay and Darryl Chew from team Gamakatsu/Bass Day with a two-day ten fish weigh in of 8.43kg. Second place was taken out by Cam Whittam and Warren Carter of team Minn Kota with 8.03kg, and third went to MRB Communications Bill and Tom Boyton with Tom also taking the Austackle Big Bream award with the largest fish of the round and the series so far, coming in at 1.45kg. A total of 792 bream were caught, weighed and released with a total weight of 492kgs over the two days – what an incredible fishery!
Special mention should also be made of David Bakker who, during the tournament landed an 8.82kg, 102cm Mullaway on 4lb leader. Power-Pole Round 5 of the series will be held on the Clyde River at Batemans Bay and is only a few short weeks away. For the full winners wrap ups and images visit the Southern Bream series website and Facebook page.