Allwood back to winning
Fishing: Terry Allwood managed to put the disappointment of a seventh-place finish at Boondooma Dam earlier this year behind him to claim first round honours in the Barra Basstasstic competition.
Although seventh is nothing to scoff at, to Allwood, the Basstasstic victory at Boondooma against similar opposition made the win that much sweeter.
"It was good to get a bit of redemption from the Bassnation round out at Boondooma,” Allwood said.
"I finished seventh but I would have liked a higher placing.
"(Third-place) Mick Johnson won the Bassnation event, so to come away with the win out there, it was good redemption.
"It puts you back in that happy place, to know you're back and in some good form.”
If Allwood was indeed out of form, he did not show it across the two-day event.
The Wondai angler made adjustments on the fly, and with Johnson and runner-up Bill Schloss snapping at his heels Allwood knew he had to be at the top of his game to take home the $800 top prize.
"I didn't get to pre-fish beforehand, so I just rocked up on the Friday and had to make-do with what I knew from previous tournaments,” Allwood said.
"I caught a couple of nice fish off the edges, but then the bites started to fail so I headed out to deep water and ground it out from there.”
The feeding patterns of Boondooma's fish have proved difficult to decipher in recent weeks, and they continued in that vein at the weekend.
"The patterns did change on the weekend,” Allwood said.
"There was a lot of fish in the basin area around the 10-15ft mark.
"There was a lot of bait swimming around on the surface, and I was noticing a few fish coming up and out of the school fish to the five to seven ft mark to feed.
"So I found a lure that I was confident in, cast it out and let it sink for three seconds before working it back above those fish in the hopes they would come out of the schools to feed like they did on my sounder, and that's basically what happened.”
Allwood's bag of six equated to 2503mm - 15mm clear of Schloss and 39mm ahead of Johnson in third - and handed him the early lead for Angler of the Year honours.
But the veteran angler knows there is a long way to go before considering a run at the AOY title.
"At this stage of the year you're not really chasing AOY, you're just worried about going out, winning a comp and doing well,” Allwood said.
His long-term goal is to qualify in the top-30 anglers for the grand final at the end of the year, with the round one victory a perfect start.
In the short-term, Allwood will team with his father for a teams event at Borumba Dam this weekend, before a decision has to be made.
"There is the Bassnation round in Lismore in a couple of weeks, but there's also the second round for Basstasstic at Cania,” Allwood said.