Manning and Great Lakes anglers dominate bream fishing round

MANNING and Great Lakes anglers dominated the final mid round of the Gamakatsu Team Series (GTS) bream fishing round held at South West Rocks.

The winning team of Mike Nelson and Grant Manusu show some of their catch from the round held at South West Rocks.

The winning team of Mike Nelson and Grant Manusu show some of their catch from the round held at South West Rocks.

The top five teams were from the Manning and Great Lakes.

A field of 18 teams and four kayakers contested the round in perfect conditions.

The winning team, Carpet Court/Cranka Lures with anglers Mike Nelson and Grant Manusu, caught a fantastic bag of 4.01kg and were also able to claim the biggest bream of the day weighing in a huge 1.29kg.

The team had few days pre fishing to get to know the area as they have never been here before, and as it turns out those few days were definitely not wasted and they picked up a little area that no one else seemed to get on the day. The difference for this pair was the location, while being next to a few other boats at the mouth, they found a small rise on the bottom and found that there were eddies in the water colums and the larger fish were hidding in this small little bottom change.

Team Carpet Court/Cranka lures were using soft plastics and making sure that the jig heads were heavy enough to get down before the current could take the lure away from where the fish were feeding in their little honey hole. This was the most important part of their tactic which payed off and claimed them a total of $1200 in cash and prizes.

On top of the very large bag with their smallest fish being 32 fork, their kicker fish was a cracker, weighing in at a cracking 1.29kg, the big bream also got them a Samurai Reaction rod.

Team Berkley/Cultiva, consisting of Vaughn Lewis and Todd Riches, were second with another great bag of 3.12kg and walked away with over $700 worth of cash and prizes, as well as the lucky draw or the Lowrance sounder.

The team started off on the walls throwing fat grub style plastics on 1/6th and 1/8th ounce jig heads. This landed them a lot of fish and had them a bag of fish within the first hour of the tournament.

The bite went quiet so they decided to head up to Jerseyville and after ultra clear water and not many fish they decided to come back to the walls at the mouth of the river in the dirtier water. With the run out tide they picked up five or six upgrades at the end of the session that topped off they day for the boys. It was a very soft bite and the team found that it was very important to match the jig head size with the speed of the tide.

The team were using Pflueger Patriarch rods and reels with 3lb leader on their braid.

Coming in third with another impressive bag of 2.91kg was team Ecogear/Yamatoyo Taree, Rodney O'Sullivan and Zac O'Sullivan, the decided to go down to the front to the walls first thing in the morning gradually catching their bag, they were using bream prawns the king prawn colour and were matching jig head sizes to the current to make sure they made it down far enough to where the fish were biting.

They found that using the Gamakatsu single lure hooks for stringers ended up being key it catching a lot of their fish.

Melerrods/Shimano Andrew Howard and Peter Beeton were fourth with 2.83kgs and Procraft - Darren Seckold and Kyle Blanch finished fifth with 2.79.

The series is catch and release.