Bream Classic begins

GOOD START: Winners of the first round of the 2017 Bream Classic Series, Patrick Sullivan and Leigh McKenzie. Picture: Supplied. The fish were biting in round one of the 2017 Tasmanian Bream Classic earlier this month with fishermen tested by tough conditions.

Bream fishing is oneof the fastest growing participation sports in the country and Tasmanian fisherman have once again embraced the challenge with the 2017competitionheld early this monthby Light Line Tackle Tournaments Tasmania.

Competitor and one of the event organisers, Luke Rainsford said the event involved a three round series with round one fishing held at Swan River.

Rainsford said the three round series would be held at SwanRiver, St Helen’s and the Derwent River and theidea was to keep thefive biggest Bream with aweigh in at the end of the round.

“We keep all the fish alive on a live well system throughout the eventand then put them back afterwards as we are all about the conservation of the environment and we also only use artificial lines,” Rainsford said.

“Fishing wasvery tough on day one with a huge amountof snot weed making life hard in the front half of the river and nearimpossible to fish without being frustrated by the heavily weeded water.

“Teams that fishedthe front half dominated the leader board with Sports Fish Tasmania pair Leigh McKenzie and Patrick Sullivan holding thenumber onespot with a hugebagof 6.02kg.

“In second was Team Zip Baits Tasmaniawith4.54kg and back in third was Platypus Nordic Stage pair with 4.32kg.

“Day twowas a little friendlier to all teams with thebream settling into location with an extended bite period helping moreteams obtain the fivefish per day limit.”

Sports Fish Tasmania took the win in round one of the series with a total weight of12.39kg.

In second overall wasZip Baits Tasmania with 9.72kg overall and in third wasCranka BK Custom rods with8.41kg.

Rainsford said the seriesis still on the look for new teams to come and try one of the fastest growing participation sports in Australia.

The next round will be held on the March 11 at the Zip Baits St Helen’s Bream Classic.

Organisers encourage new teamsto contact Light Line Tackle Tournaments via Facebook or call Luke Rainsford on0419658653.

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