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-DRAPER

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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