Pot luck reels in big bass to win competition
LOW expectations led to Tara's Lincoln Neal landing one of the biggest fish in the Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Competition.
In his second year of competing in the annual competition, Neal adopted a more laid back approach.
"I sat in my seat and fished," Neal said.
Neal lowered a live shrimp to the bottom of the dam to strike into a solid 49cm bass on Sunday.
"I was just fishing shrimp in open water," he said.
"There was no skill, just luck.
"I went in expecting very little and got big results."
On top of the 49cm bass, Neal also bagged a 51cm bass on Saturday using the same tactic.
Bait fishing was the go-to tactic for most anglers targeting the dead weight prize of the heaviest fish.
Proston's Brad Cecil used his local knowledge of his home dam to snare a bag of yellowbelly and bass.
"I was just bait fishing, using live shrimp," Cecil said.
"I use little bait traps in the weed (to trap the shrimp)."
Cecil fished alongside Ryder Brown who swapped between bait and hardbody lures.
On the live shrimp Ryder hooked into a solid 1.15kg yellowbelly.
"He gave Ryder a pull under the boat," Cecil said.
Eel-tailed catfish also took a liking to the bait fished on the bottom.
The more aggressive bass sprung on Ryder and Cecil's crankbaits trolled behind the boat.
While the two fishermen were able to bag a few fish, Cecil said the fishing was tough.
"The fish must know there's a lot of boats on the water," he said.
The 2016 Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Competition attracted a record number of entrants with 832 anglers taking to the water.
The previous record was 721, with last year's competition attracting 649.
Catch-and-release longest combine winner
- Proston's Mark Bleys won the biggest fish category in the catch-and-release competition after he landed a 51.5cm bass.
- Bleys also bagged the longest combined bags in Saturday's morning and afternoon sessions.
- The Proston angler used spinnerbaits as his weapon of choice.