Allwood bags first pro B.A.S.S. Nation win
TERRY Allwood rose from great depths to win his first pro-class BASS Nation round in NSW to put him in a chance of winning rookie angler of the year.
The Wondai angler turned a tactic he had used years ago to tackle the depths of Lake Glenbawn and win the Berkley Glenbawn Challenge.
"I fished a vertical presentation with soft plastics," Allwood said.
This tactic involved Allwood dropping a finesse-rigged black soft plastic into more than 70 feet of water.
Unlike the Queensland dams, where the bass bite more aggressively, Allwood had to slow things down to a "torturous" pace.
"You hold the rod still with a very slow wind, you literally wind the reel once every 3-4 seconds," he said.
Allwood said once the soft plastic reached the depth the bass were schooled at, they would bite subtle and could only be felt using sensitive rods.
"Once they get to the hook you'll feel the rod load up," he said.
"But if the fish feel any weight, they will not move up to the hook."
To further entice the bass at Lake Glenbawn, Allwood said he trimmed his grub- shaped soft plastics to create more vibration in the water.
This tactic helped him boat a solid 1.35kg bass which got off to a solid start in the first of three sessions.
From there Allwood managed to bag his maximum of two fish for each of the remaining sessions to finish with a 5.66kg bag.
In the final session on Sunday, Allwood battled against NSW angler Mitchell Cone to beat him to the top spot by just 80g.
"I'm over the moon," he said.
"It's a pretty good feeling, I can't complain about it that's for sure."
Allwood's maiden BASS Nation win dropped him a pool of other South Burnett anglers chasing the rookie angler of the year title.
In the next round of the series to be held on Wivenhoe Dam, Allwood said he would be up against Matthew Langford, Brett Turner and Corey Goldie for angler of the year points.
The Insight Genesis Wivenhoe Show Down will run from March 10-13.