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This weekend saw the second round of the Gamakatsu Hobie Fishing Series held on St Georges Basin go off with a bang. Many anglers in both the boat and kayak division talked of a slow start to the day but that it ramped up into a great bite throughout the day. 43 kayaks started in what looked like it was going to be a less than ideal day with heavy cloud cover and rain delaying the start slightly due to light conditions.
The Hobie factory team were out on the water to take photos and just as they were about to go back to the weigh in stopped to talk to Stewie Dunn who said he was “on them”. Stewie had his three and had also be catching a few snapper……. As if on cue, Stewies rod buckled over and began to spew line . “Probably a Snapper”. A few dogged seconds and the fish took off on a second big run with Stewie bowing to the fish with his rod tip in the water but the look on Stewies face as he netted a big silver Bream was priceless. The fish was easily over the kilo mark and went into the Hobie livewell and upgraded a fish in the 30’s. From that point it was going to be tough for anyone to chase him down and in the end nobody could.
Stewie fished from the hibiscus Outback he won at last years SSBS grand final held partly on St Georges Basin and put his win largely down to a single piece of equipment. A new Lowrance Elite 4 DSI sounder he installed just a few days before which allowed him to mark where he had caught fish during the session and drift back over those areas exactly to get back on them.
“I did not have time to prefish before the event but I had fished that area before. I was on my way to a few other spots towards Erowal Bay and stopped in the area and saw bait on the sounder. The first cast I caught a Snapper and the second cast my first legal Bream. By the time the Hobie guys were there to take photos I knew mark number 9 in the sounder was right where I wanted to be and as soon as I was over top of it I caught the biggest fish of the bag”
All in all Stewie caught 12 legal Bream for the day. All but one falling to his go-to Basin lure, an Ecogear VX35 in the olive 439 colour retro fitted with his own special stinger hooks on the back.
Stewies Bag ended up tipping the scales at 2.72kg for his 3 fish which is certainly showcases what a recreational fish haven can produce as bags that size are rarely seen outside trophy Black Bream fisheries in Victoria or Tasmania.
In a very respectable second place was Lachlan Gubb from the Paddle, Pedal, Sail fishing team, representing the local Nowra Hobie dealership. “Gubby” bucked the trend and got all of his fish early in the shallows of Erowal Bay and even though he only caught six legals for the day he had the quality of fish to secure second place. Gubby fished lightly weighted camo Gulp! 2” Shrimp “painfully slow” in about a metre of water.
The Hogs Breath Boss Hog went to Kurt Thompson with a 1.26kg fish just edging out Lachlan Gubb’s 1.21kg kicker fish.
A big thanks to Lowrance for being the naming sponsor of this round of the Gamakatsu Hobie Fishing Series and to Skeeter Boats and Paddle, Peddle, Sail Nowra for putting on the great BBQ for all the anglers to enjoy. Thanks also to David and Jan O’Toole and Chris Purnell for cooking said BBQ.
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