Final Round (3) of the Tasmanian Trout Fishing Classic
The final round of the Lowrance TAS Trout Classic series could not have got any closer. The Cranka Lures Arthurs Lake round produced the second three way tie for series and kept up the count back system deciding each and every one of the three rounds.
The weather was fantastic, almost too good on Saturday but no one was going to complain after the horrendous conditions on the Great Lake in round two.
Teams gathered at the Great Lake Hotel on Friday night for the compulsory briefing where crowd favourite Robert ‘Bobby’ Ling was drawn out of the hat as the lucky recipient of the LOX Ambassador Series Hybrid Rod. The Calcutta was as always highly entertaining and would ultimately play out as a true form guide for the round ahead.
Teams headed out of Jonah Bay on Arthurs Lake at 7am Saturday morning. Spreading far and wide across the water. Conditions were warm and the sun was very hot after some low cloud cleared in the first hour. It made for some difficult fishing but bags didn’t really show it.
Leading the way was series leaders Team Burns Living Dead with a 25 fish bag almost securing them the Team of the Year award. Hot on their heels were Team Cranka edging out Damiki/Tairyo on length with 20 fish each. Sitting fourth with 17 was my own team, Howler Custom Rods/Tonic Eyewear on 17 fish.
Day two looked far better for fishing with some wind up and the cloud cover looking like it would hang around. Day two is always harder fishing though and any team that improves it’s day one bag usually always climbs the leader board.
At the end on the 2pm fishing time it was New Norfolk pairing Dynamic Duo; Archie Cashion and Brad Townsend that caught a great 24 fish bag to lead the day but their day one 11th had them off the podium with 12pts but still figuring in Team of the Year.
Fishing with Tim Lowe we had surpassed our previous day with 20 fish taking second for the day with our 4th on Saturday for a total of 6pts. In third was EJ Todd with 18 fish. Fourth was Cranka with a 14 fish bag on length giving them 6pts ahead of Burns Living Dead with 15 fish in 5th giving them 6pts also from their day one placing.
It was going to count back once again. Round one in the Howler Custom Rods Derwent Classic saw a three way tie and the Tonic Eyewear Great Lake Classic a two way tie. It was one very close series.
Taking out the win was Burns Living Dead; Laurie Harrison/Martyn Exel with 40 fish from Howler Custom Rods/Tonic Eyewear; Justin Causby/Tim Lowe with 37 and in third Cranka; Steve Steer/Andrew Cox with 34 fish.
For the Lowrance Team of the Year award no one come close to Burns Living Dead; Harrison/Exel with a series 7pts winning the Lowrance HDS9 Touch ahead of Damiki/Tairyo; Tony Robertson/Martyn Evans taking out the Moonshine Charters voucher and jumping to 3rd was Howler/Tonic; Causby/Lowe winning the PFD Stormrider Pro Jackets.
A great series run by the Lions Club of Perth and a huge thanks to the sponsors and all the teams that took part.