Cat­fish might spoil BASS party

An­glers set to face tricky con­di­tions at Wiven­hoe

Gatton Star - - Sport - By TOMTHREADI­NGHAM

There’s sure to be plenty of hook-ups dur­ing the BASS Aus­tralia Na­tion’s In­sight Ge­n­e­sisWiven­hoe Show­down this week­end.

How­ever, the species which an­glers are likely to en­counter will quickly be wip­ing smiles from faces.

Lake Claren­don an­gler John Noble said this week­end’s bass tour­na­ment was look­ing set to be a tough af­fair for com­peti­tors, mainly due to the abun­dance of cat­fish.

“The wa­ter is so warm at the mo­ment that the cat­fish are re­ally ac­tive and will eat any­thing you throw in the wa­ter,” Noble said.

“You can drive around look­ing at the sounders and you’ll see a lot of fish but they are all cat­fish.

“So it makes it dif­fi­cult to find bass.”

Noble said the sheer size ofWiven­hoe pre­sented an­other chal­lenge for an­glers.

“It’s go­ing to be a tough com­pe­ti­tion as there is a lot of wa­ter be­tween bass,” he said.

“There are not many spots that con­sis­tently hold bass too.

“There are a lot of good-look­ing spots, but they just don’t hold bass.”

Af­ter fish­ing in the co-an­gler divi­sion for the past five years, Noble has made the move up into the pro divi­sion for the 2016 sea­son.

He said he was look­ing for­ward to the added chal­lengesWive­n­hoe would throw into the mix.

“It’ll be in­ter­est­ing,” he said.

“It’s hard to be con­fi­dent be­cause it’ll be so tough, but if I can get in the area I want, I can catch the bass.

For the first time, and much to an­glers’ de­light, the six-knot speed re­stric­tion on Lake Wiven­hoe has been lifted.

Noble said it was a wel­come boost to the com­pe­ti­tion. “It’s good to be able to do 40 knots on the lake. You can nor­mally only do six knots,” he said.

“Tour­na­ments held there pre­vi­ously have all been six knots, so the guys haven’t been able to reach places in the dam they’d like to go.

“So this (40-knot speed) opens it up a lot more.”

De­spite be­ing in only his first sea­son in the pro divi­sion, Noble has al­ready se­cured some im­pres­sive re­sults.

He placed mid­field at Som­er­set Dam and man­aged to claim 11th place at the Berkley Glenbawn Chal­lenge in Fe­bru­ary.

“It (Glenbawn) was one of the big­gest com­pe­ti­tions en­try-wise so far for Bass Na­tion and close to 50 boats en­tered,” he said.

The Show­down will be held from March 10-13.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BASS PRO: Lake Claren­don an­gler John Noble will be com­pet­ing in the In­sight Gen­e­sis Wiven­hoe Show­down this week­end.

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