Home' SA Waters : SA Waters Winter 2017 Contents 24 Issue No. 68 – Winter 2017
With West Lakes regulars like Rhett Gill,
Alex Whitehead, and Andrew Videon in
the mix, Luke Oleson readily admitted to me
that he didn’t hold out much hope of taking
out the win during round 1 of the 2017 series,
but he did just that.
Adelaide’s hot and humid weather leading into this event was
ideal for Southern Black Bream and organisers were expecting
big bags from competitors.
Sadly, however, they were greeted by a mild southerly change
which saw a plummeting barometer and temperatures. Hardly
ideal conditions for the bream.
With the support of some of Adelaide’s local colleges, namely
Prince Alfred, Christian Brothers & Scotch, who allowed use of
their rowing facility, SABC was able to stage this round at West
Lakes, a venue many in the kayaking fraternity will no doubt be
Had the legal size for bream remained at 28cm, big bags would
have prevailed. Competitors finding many bream in the 29cm
class. Sadly, these were undersize under the current PIRSA-
Whilst some made the long peddle to the southern-most parts
of the lake in atrocious conditions, Luke worked the pontoons in
the slightly protected middle sections, securing a 31cm fish early
in the day.
He continued working the structure but the large fish that the
lake can produce eluded him, and instead he ploughed through
numerous smaller fish, as did the majority of competitors.
As is always the case there were a few stories to be told over the
snags and cold drinks competitors enjoyed after a trying day.
Rhett Gills perhaps the most heartbreaking. Working the mid-
water structure Rhett hooked and fought a sizeable mulloway
only to have it win its freedom on some nearby chains. Despite
the fish not being worth much in the competition scenario, its
bragging rights would have been priceless.
Alex Whitehead’s story of finding a hungry school of sizeable
salmon busting up a school of bait also had the crowd
enthralled, especially as he relayed the fight on his bream
The day belonged to Luke however, securing not just the round
win, but also the “Pro Lure Big Bream” prize. For his troubles
Luke took away a Lowrance Sounder donated by Boakes Auto &
Marine, Vouchers totalling $150 from The Sportfishing Scene &
Binks Marine as well as prize packs from Tonic Eye Wear, Searing
Tackle and Zipbaits.
Round 2 was held in the Port River from Snowdens Beach. A field
of 22 including two ladies, Lee Van Soest & Amanada Whitehorn
were welcomed by calm but cold conditions as they readied
themselves in the pre-dawn glow.
Most like regulars Rhett Gill & Alex Whitehead headed south
to fish the myriad of man-made structure but others, including
Round 1 winner Luke Olsen, headed north. It was a decision that
very nearly paid dividends for him had it not been for a lucky or
perhaps unlucky break.
Fishing Zman Grubs in motor oil with 1/20th jig heads, Luke had
caught his bag of three bream in as little as 30 minutes, with fish
of 30, 31, and 34cm and was making his way back for the 2pm
deadline, when he spotted what he thought were snook on his
side scan sounder.
Casting in the general direction, his lure was hit on the drop and
a long drawn out battle ensued with Luke being taken further
away from his intended location. After a long & drawn out battle
Luke landed and later released a 90cm Snapper, but not before
adding a few pictures to the catch gallery for the “mystery fish”
As a result of this enviable by-catch, Luke was late returning
by 11 minutes. This earned him a penalty of 55cm reducing his
bag to just 40cm, relagating him to 2nd spot, just ahead of Kurt
Warmington who finished 3rd with one fish of 33.5cm.
Andrew Videon was announced the winner with a two fish bag
totaling 60cm. But Luke was not done yet. The “mystery fish”
category was drawn as being Snapper and of course Luke was
the only angler lucky enough to have caught one, so as well as
2nd place he took the “mystery fish” prize as well. The “Pro Lure
Big Bream” prize was also won by Luke Olsen, making it a very
successful round for him.
Round 3 is scheduled for late in October. SABC organisers are
working at bringing a new & exciting venue for this round so to
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