Richie rules at 'Rocks'
CLARENCE Valley Sport Fishing Club members fronted up early Sunday morning for the sign-on at the western end of the Iluka Harbour for what many were predicting would be a hot bite on the water for the February Bream Singles Event round.
With the rain gods finally taking a back seat and with perfect weather on offer, 30 anglers registered for the event.
After waiting for improved light, the crews hit the water at 6.15am and scooted off to their first spots in the hope of filling their live wells with five quality bream each before returning back to the weigh master at 12pm.
The scales were running hot as boat after boat returned with their five-bream limit.
In all, 18 anglers had full bags and all except two anglers had fish to record which made for one of the most successful days for the club.
The by-catch was running hot also with taylor, flathead and jew falling for the subtle presentation of bream lures, blades and soft plastics.
First place went to Richie Duncan who is becoming known as the “King of Browns Rocks”.
Running in his Mercury-powered Triton Bass boat, Richie showed his wealth of knowledge of the system and worked over the main key areas of Browns to once again dominate the event.
Armed with Sunline 12lb Rockfish leader and a ¼ ounce Shake’n’Bake blade in Craw colour, Richie kept his son busy on the net putting a good number of bream in the boat.
As the tide slowed, Richie downsized his blades to a 1/8th ounce Shake’n’Bake poly carb blade.
This was a fruitful decision as a couple of nice upgrades were taken on the bottom of the slack tide.
One of the upgrades gave weighed in at 0.94kg, just 10 grams shy of the day’s biggest that was caught by Bob Hadley.
Everyone at the weigh-in was fixed on the weigh master as the bag weight was revealed as 3.10kg.
Richie also showed that he is no slouch around the BBQ either by cooking the sausages to perfection for the hungry mob. Well done on both accounts.
Bob Hadley, in his Skinner Marine Tinny, finished second overall with five fish totalling 2.82kg.
Bob started the morning casting Atomic surface lures to great effect which helped fill his bag limit in no time on the banks of Browns Rocks.
As the sun rose he switched to a diving lure. Equipped with a Tassie Tiger hard-bodied lure he found it was to the bream’s liking and made some nice upgrades.
One of these upgrades just happened to take out Big Bream for the day at 0.95kg.
Scott Sutherland took out third place with a 2.65kg total.
Scott ventured up beyond Browns Rocks and fished in and around the small island system near Palmers Island. He cast the new Berkley Fat Dog lure in the colour Mongrel as well as a Jackall Chubby 38 in Pink Eye Suji.
Everyone who attended the event had an excellent day out and enjoyed each others company on the water and at the weigh-in the stories were coming thick and fast of the ones that got away.