Luke Draper wins ABT BASS (Non-Boater)

With little pre-fishing at Lake St Clair leading up the first round of the ABT, I was confident that I would catch fish. On Friday morning (pre-fish day) I went out with Steve Duff and we went to the edges with weed. Both of us caught plenty of fish using blades.

On Saturday sessions, I had Dave Diggins as my boater. Saturday morning was a bit overcast with sunny conditions. We pulled up at a nice weed edge, feeling excited knowing that I could catch fish using blades. Within 10 mins, my boater had caught 3 fish and I still hadn’t had a bite. So I switch to a jerkbait with rapid results with 2 cast, I had my 2. First one was a 47 cm long and the other one was 41 cm long. With a bag like that was pretty hard to beat as only little fish was getting caught. We then started to look for spots for the afternoon session. We did find a flat holding a lot of fish which we were confident to catch them for the afternoon session. Going in to the weigh in, I knew I had a nice bag but not as big as I though. My total weight was 2.20 kg with the big bass at 1.19 Kg.

Saturday afternoon session, we head out to the flats that we found. Within 10 mins, I lost a nice fish in the tree. After about 30 mins of fishing hard, I got a 41 cm on a blade and I was excited, knowing all I had to do is to catch a rat. We didn’t catch any other fish on the flats so we made a moved to a school that Dave found in the pre fish. I got one on the first drop on a Berkley Gulp-Camo after another 30 mins, we decided to move back to the weedy edge. First cast, catching a fish which was about 37 cm. As I opened the live well, the 41 cm looked very sick and would not survive another 2 hrs. I threw out the 41 cm and kept the 37 cm knowing that 2 fish will weigh more than 1. Back at the weigh in, just made it with 10 sec spare. My fish weigh in at 1.53 kg.

Sunday morning session, I had Brian Everingham as my boater. He ask me what me what did I wanted to do and I told him to the weedy edges and stay there till the sun was fully up. So he could what he wanted to do. I caught 2 fish straight up within the first 30 mins. They were decent size fish. As soon as the 2nd fish was in the net. I knew straight away, that I couldn’t be beaten. As I had a decent lead from all the other non boaters. Back to the weigh in, my fish weight in at 1.49 kg.


Luke’s proud moments with his Aussie Bass at ABT

My total weight for 6 fish was 5.12 kgs . I won the non boater, the biggest bag, 2.20 kgs and the biggest bass, 1.19 kg

I was using a Duffrod, 1-4kg with a Abu Garica Revo 10 with 6lb Berkley Fireline Crystal with 6lb Berkley Vanish.

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