Allwood leads B.A.S.S. Nation angler of the year
AS ONE of the few anglers to catch a legal bass at Wivenhoe Dam, Wondai's Terry Allwood hooked into the BASS Nation angler of year lead.
In what has been reported as the toughest event in the series' history, Allwood said he was lucky to scrape one fish from dozens of undersized bass and plagues of catfish.
"It was pretty tough," Allwood said.
"There were five legal bass landed - four for the pros and one for the co-anglers."
Allwood got a sense of how tough the weekend would be after he took to the water in the pre-fish on Friday.
He managed to catch one legal-size bass from a school of undersized fish on the Friday.
Allwood followed suit with the same tactic of fishing the school of smaller fish with quarter-ounce blades.
"I located a school of undersize bass in the pre-fish," he said.
"I went in the mentality of if there's small ones, there would be a big one.
"I set myself the target of catching one fish and not get a doughnut."
This tactic luckily paid off for Allwood in the first session on Saturday, after he managed to land a 0.43kg bass.
Allwood wasn't able to catch any more legal bass for the rest of the competition.
"Just with the water temperature that bit higher, the catfish were a bit more active," he said.
Allwood's single legal bass hooked him a joint third-place finish with Brisbane's Dean Silvester, who landed a bass of the same weight.
Steve Otto (0.67kg) won the Wivenhoe round, followed by Simon Saint (0.46kg).
Allwood's third-place finish sent him to the top of the angler of the year table, along with Dean Silvester on 289 points.
He also leads the rookie angler of the year by a clear margin.
"I've got a 40-point lead after three competitions," Allwood said.
The next round of the BASS Nation series will be held on the Richmond River in Lismore, NSW, which Allwood said would be another test.
"I haven't done much river fishing," he said.
Allwood predicted spinnerbaits cast towards structure with pinpoint accuracy would be key in this round from April 21-24.