Lakes Entrance Fishing Classic
Anaconda was proud to support two of Victorias best up and coming recreational sports fishing participants mum and daughter duo Nikki and Gemma Bryant at the recent Lakes Entrance Fishing Classic.
After finishing runner-up at the Lakes Entrance Female Fishing Classic last year Nikki Bryant had motivation to go that step further and secure the championship. Unlike the 40 degree days of the previous year, the forecast for this year's competition was more accommodating. With daughter Gemma and good friend Sharon Jankowiak sharing the boat the strategy was simple, win!
The three girls along with just under 80 competitors were out to crack the pattern on bream, flathead and whiting in the Gippsland lakes region. The girls focused their efforts for the two days on Lake Tyers hoping to get four fish that would hopefully secure the title. Kitted out with some new gear from Anaconda the girls hit the water for some competitive angling.
The Friday proved to be a nice day except for the wind which meant finding sheltered water out of the wind was the go. Hiding up Blackfellows Arm the girls not only got out of the wind but found the fish. The first fish in the boat was a tailor but very quickly the target species were coming over the boat. The girls managed 20 flathead for the day but the problem was the quality. Nikki's two biggest fish out of a bag of 11 for the day were only 44 and 36 centimeters.
Heading back to the ramp they quickly found out that another competitor had a 58cm flathead in her bag. The only consolation was that it sounded like those that had fished around Lakes Entrance had done it hard. Saturday was going to be a new day and tactics were going to have to change.
Saturday saw the rods re-rigged with the 70mm squidgy fish being replaced with 80 and 100mm versions. First stop was Blackfellows arm from day one to quickly get their bag limit then time to chase the big fish. Thankfully the wind from the previous day was gone so up NowaNowa arm they headed. Quickly they realized the flathead in the 30's were going to be replaced with bigger fish. The first flathead up the NowaNowa arm went 43 cm and they just kept getting bigger from there.
Gemma was persisting with the 100m squidgy fish in black gold and it paid dividends with a lovely 59cm flathead taking a liking to it. This fish along with the 49cm she also caught helped her secure the Champion Junior Female Angler for the Saturday. At thirteen years of age Gemma is a budding star of the future and Anaconda was proud to be able to assist her with her gear for this competition.
Sharon had found a new friend in the 80mm squidgy fish with her bag of three fish from the previous day being made to look ordinary by the quality bag of eight flathead she got on the Saturday. Along with her 63cm total from the Friday, her two best flathead for Saturday were both 43cm, making her total for the two days 149cm.
Nikki only managed five fish for the Saturday but as to plan the day was all about quality with one flathead going 47cm and the other 53cm. These two fish along with the two from Friday gave Nikki a total of 180cm for the competition.
All that was left now was to head back to the weigh-in and wait for the presentations. Leaving the best for last the runners up award was announced in the female category, and at only 174cm this meant one thing - Nikki Bryant was crowned Champion Female Angler for 2011.
Nikki and Gemma thanked Anaconda for their support, and look forward to heading back to Gippsland in 2012 to defend their titles. Between now and then happy fishing!
If you are a keen angler why not get into your local Anaconda store and see our friendly team members who will be able to set you up with all your fishing and angling requirements.