Burnett angler nets top honour
FISHING: Countless hours on the water have paid off for South Burnett angler Terry Allwood.
He has netted his first angler of the year title competing at Australia bass tournaments and will bring home the same title from the Basstastic series in coming weeks.
"It is one of those things you aim to achieve at every tournament you do,” he said.
"It is only until a couple of competitions into it and you realise you have a good shot and start to concentrate on it.”
Consistency has been key to his success on the water this year.
He scored first place at Lake St Clair, finished in second at Cania Dam, eighth at Boondooma Dam and rounded out the top ten in the round at Clarence River.
For Allwood his second place at Cania Dam stood out personally as his best performance on the water.
Prior to the event he had a solid pre fish understanding where the schools of fish were.
A change in the wind direction on the first day of competition forced Allwood to throw his ideas out the window and start from scratch.
With confidence in his plan to start throwing jerk baits on the final session Allwood found success and brought back the second biggest bag of the competition.
"On the final session on the Sunday a lot of people struggled but I had the mindset to hit edges with jerk baits,” he said.
"It is pretty special to go out and have a game plan and it pays off. Having confidence in yourself and the game plan really makes a difference.”
Allwood puts his success down to spending hours on the water learning and mastering his craft.
"I look at it like playing cricket. When an opening batsmen faces the first few balls it is a tap here and there and the when he gets his eye in he performs,” Allwood said.
Allwood has spent the past five weekends travelling to compete at competitions and is thankful for the support he receives.
"A lot of it comes down to support from family, sponsors and good mates and a lot of time on the water and without them it is no where near as enjoyable,” he said.
This weekend Allwood will be on the water alongside his mate Jamien Tunstall competing in the bass nation teams grand final.
With experience on their side and a strong two pronged attack Allwood expects they will do well at Lake Somerset.
"If we can nut out the areas and their patterns to have a fair crack at it,” he said.