Teams battle it out in tough conditions
IF THE fish are biting then no amount of rain or wind can deter Matthew Mott and Terry Allwood.
The anglers spent last weekend casting a line in 40-knot winds and driving rain as competitors in the Basstastic Team Championships at Somerset Dam.
Allwood said "you take the bad with the good," and there were fish to be caught regardless of the weather.
"Saturday it was absolutely just hammering down but we braved it out," he said.
"It was a real struggle Saturday morning, but we went out in the afternoon and straight after lunch they just turned on completely."
Mott said the conditions seemed to stir up the bass and get them biting.
"I think with the unsettled weather and barometer going up and down, when they did decide to bite it was really good fishing," he said.
"Saturday afternoon the fishing was really good, I got the biggest fish there.
"As far as the amount of fish, we probably caught more than anyone else."
The team's blitz on Saturday saw them secure the biggest bag of fish and head into Sunday as the team to beat in the A-grade final.
The final was decided by the two biggest fish caught on the final 4.5 hour session.
Mott said their catch the day prior meant nothing on Sunday and the pair had to "start from scratch".
Allwood and Mott finished fourth overall after catching 45cm and 44cm keepers.
Mott said they just needed a few centimetres more to get over the line.
"We just got beaten by a couple of guys that got one big fish in their bag," he said.
"We were 2cm from coming second.
"We caught more than anyone else, but just didn't get that really big one."