Well Glenbawn Dam turned it on in a number of ways for the BASS Australia Nation Event at the beginning of the month, but it was awesome as always!!
Majority of the field got their limits and the fish really did come on a range of techniques – not just the ‘Deep Gulp’ bite that a lot of people (myself included) were banking on.
Lets go back to the very start first though. To say I was underprepared for this event would be the biggest understatement I could make. It was Thursday night that the call was made for me to actually go, and I still had to go to work on Friday. Not only that I had another very appealing offer to go to Copeton for the weekend too. But, Copeton is always there, BASS Nation is a limited opportunity to rack up points.
So Glenbawn it was. Hey, Work all day, drive down that night, no pre-fish… she’ll be right…
Well I skipped work early and was on my way about 4.30. Thinking it’ll be right, get there about 10 or 11 if I just take it easy, then I got the call of a co-angler heading down who had been involved in an accident and was stuck not far out of Tamworth. Yep sweet no worries I’ll go get him!
Except not far out of Tamworth turned out to be Narrabri… Hmm yeah so you know how I was tossing up between Glenbawn and Copeton? Well turns out it would have been a shorter trip to hit Copeton on the way to Glenbawn ha! But thats beside the point, A fellow angler was in a bind and I would hope that if I was ever stuck in the middle of no-where I’d be able to round up a stranger to help me.
2.45am, arrived at Glenbawn. Thank go for my good mates Dayne & Craig, plus our new mate Ben who had a bed ready for me in a cabin and got up to help me get sorted out.
4.30… then 4.45… then about 5.10ish, up and ready to go, slowly.
As I had not pre-fished, I decided that my best option was to go with the ‘Deep Gulp’ technique in spots id caught fish before and just stick with it rather than waste time running around.
For the Gulp technique, I was using TT Demonz jig heads matched with Berkley Gulp 3″ minnow grubs, mainly in darker colours, but fish were coming on a range of colours over the weekend. A trick that was shown to me a while back by Dayne Taylor (Small Boat, Big Dream – check him out), was to cut the grub down shorter by trimming the nose, and then giving the tail more action by trimming it length ways as well to ‘thin it out’. This made the grub tail wriggle and move at much slower speeds, and the fish seemed to nibble their way up the tail to the hook a little more readily.
Things weren’t exactly going off but the decision worked and I got my fish every session and found a few upgrades each time as well, only problem was I simply wasn’t onto the right quality of fish and each session I was weighing in about 500g off the leaders, which eventually landed me down the wrong end of the field after the final weigh in – 6/6 for 4.11kg, about 1.9kg away from the lead and roughly 1.2kg out of the money.
Im still very happy with the result however, to arrive early on the Saturday morning, getting about 2 hours of broken sleep and then straight into it with no prefish and no real idea what to expect, I was more than happy to put a full limit of fish over the scales.
My last couple of trips to Glenbawn have been eventful, no wait – tough, yeah thats the word, tough on my gear and this trip was no exception.
Last time I was down there I snapped the pedal clean off my foot throttle… however I replaced it with a hot foot and never looked back.
This trip the Saturday arvo session made a real mess of things in the main basin with 5-6′ wind chop breaking across the bows of boats and making for some challenging, bordering on dangerous conditions for the trip back to weigh in. I managed to lose the cover off my HDS Carbon, and amidst the chaos of saving rods from going over the side ended up finding one of my custom baitcasters with a snapped tip later Saturday night. But looking back at it, the conditions really turned that bad that I found myself saying ‘Well it doesn’t matter because no-one fell in, got injured, or potentially even worse…’
As always however, an awesome event! Congrats to Justin Evans for taking out top spot in the Pro’s and Cameron Ley at the top of the Co’s. And a bit of bad luck to my mate Craig Hanlon who in only his second ever Bass comp, ended up in 4th in the Co’s due to having a fish die in the first session and getting the 250g penalty. The final difference between 1st and 4th? 130 grams… Sorry Craig, bad luck.
I’ll be missing the next couple but can’t wait for St Clair to add to my AOY points!