Big bass landed at Lake Ca­nia comp

Early re­con mission the key to win­ner Barry Reynolds’ suc­cess on the wa­ter

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Emily Smith

THERE is noth­ing easy about land­ing bass and that’s why the win­ner of Lake Ca­nia’s Basstas­tic com­pe­ti­tion, Barry Reynolds, swears by a well thought out re­con­nais­sance mission.

“The pre-fish is very im­por­tant be­cause it’s a huge ad­van­tage if you go into it know­ing where you can find fish and what they are chew­ing on,” he said.

“There’s no set rules when it comes to bass, that’s why I have more than 50 types of lures.

“I got them this week­end on smaks by Motty (an­other com­peti­tor Mathew Mott’s cus­tom made lures).”

It was on Fri­day’s pre-fish Mr Reynolds de­tected the bet­ter qual­ity bass were in the basin, rather than by the lake’s edge as they of­ten are.

“We didn’t catch as many as oth­ers but the ones we did catch were bet­ter qual­ity,” he said.

“The schools were by the edges but we were go­ing for res­i­dent fish and pick­ing them up around the basin.”

The round two qual­i­fyer for this year’s Bassta­sic was over Satur­day and Sun­day at Lake Ca­nia, and most com­peti­tors stayed at lo­cal or­gan­iser Rus­sell Now­land’s place.

Af­ter re­cent flood­ing there was much more wa­ter in Ca­nia Dam than usual and Monto-based Mr Now­land said that made the fish­ing a lot harder.

“But at least we know the bass sur­vived the flood well and truly,” he said.

“I found a school of thou­sands and got them on cus­tom made black and pur­ple smak ice jigs, made by Matthew Mott (an­other com­peti­tor).

“He’s never made those colours be­fore but I thought they would work be­cause of the na­ture of what’s in the wa­ter.”

Although Trevor Crofts sat out the com­pe­ti­tion to fo­cus on his weigh-sta­tion re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, he was up early and scout­ing out the fish­ing con­di­tions be­fore dawn.

“They were in re­ally shal­low, so shal­low their fins were stick­ing out,” he said.

“But as soon as the fog lifted and the sun came out, they were gone.

“Luck­ily for the oth­ers I let some­one else win this time. I’m just fo­cus­ing on run­ning it.”

Her­vey Bay ice-cream­ery owner Dal­las Harch said the fish were “not in the usual good spots” and was sit­ting on a duck un­til Sun­day morn­ing.

“They were on the banks in the end,” he said.

“I’ve fished all my life and gone in lots of com­pe­ti­tions but bass are not an easy fish to catch. You have to work out where they are, how fast the re­trieve is, what colours they are chew­ing on. They are just a stupid fish!

“And it was def­i­nitely harder hav­ing more wa­ter in the dam.”

He said many of the com­peti­tors sported high-pow­ered boats, be­cause get­ting to the good spots first was a huge ad­van­tage.

“You need the speed be­cause in the end ev­ery­one knows where they are,” he said.

“And once peo­ple have set­tled in, you can’t just go up and fish next to them.”

Dal­las Harch

I’ve fished all my life and gone in lots of com­pe­ti­tions but bass are not an easy fish to catch.

1. Kin­garoy’s Brett Turner and Brett Blies­ner. 2. Rus­sell and David Now­land march a trove of fish to the weigh-sta­tion. 3. David Now­land en­joys the day fish­ing at his lo­cal hole. 4. Lane and Ethan Thomp­son are ru­moured to be gun fish­er­men. 5. Rob and Shara Van Haeren came away with the goods. 6. Trevor Crofts is all fo­cus. 7. Rus­sell Now­land and Matthew Mott kick back. 8. Aimee Thomp­son found land­ing bass tricky at first, but got two on Sun­day.

CAUGHT: Brock Harch, Dy­lan Fryer and Dal­las Harch were first to shore Sun­day morn­ing.

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