Vicbream Classic (Round 2) – Metung
Round 2 of the Vicbream classic series was held at Metung on the mighty Gippsland lakes, a huge body of water that provides anglers with countless options and possibilities. In a system so large the field can spread out and quality fish and large bags are usually needed to be in contention with 10kg for 10 fish the aim.
Our plan for the prefish was just to check out the surrounding areas for possible back up plans. I was pretty confident that we would find fish, it was more about managing the spots to ensure we could put 2 bags together that were going to be competitive. We fished a range of shallow flats, boat hulls, pontoons and timber snags with some success. Although we didn’t find anything major that was going to change our strategy, it did give us a couple of quick spots to try before we really got started in fishing our tournament water.
We decided to give 3 spots a quick 5 minutes each before we really started fishing and we got off to a great start with a solid 1kg fish from the second spot. We then moved to the edge and started firing in Puppydogs in pointer and camo worms to the weed patches and fallen timber. Dad had the fish dialled in early, boating 4 out of the first 5 fish. Besides the first 1kg bream we figured that the rest would all need upgrading to be in contention. Casting in tight to the structure and working the lure with aggressive twitches followed with long pauses proved to be the order of the day and we managed to upgrade the other 4 fish. We weighed in 4.50kg and were sitting in 5th place overnight only 110grams behind the leaders. With the top 10 tightly packed, staying at the pointy end of the field would require another 4kg bag at least.
Unbelievably day 2 started in the same fashion as day 1 with a fish taken within the first 5 minutes in the exact same spot. We then settled into working the structure and edges and had 5 fish in the boat very quickly. Unfortunately they were all on the small side and would have to be upgraded to challenge the lead. As the day progressed we upgraded numerous times but it wasn’t until the last hour that we landed a couple of 1kg plus fish, one on the ever reliable camo worm on a 1/32 nitro jighead and the other on a Puppydog in pug colour. At this stage we thought that we had just over 4 kilos but I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to be enough to steal victory. As we weighed in it seemed that the lack of wind and sunny conditions had slowed all but one team down.
We weighed in 4.27kg but it was no match for Team Lowrance HDS bag of 5.16kg which relegated us into 2nd position. A really pleasing result and an amazing weekend spent tournament fishing.