Burnett bass hunters battle it out
FISHING: More than 40 of Queensland and New South Wales' finest anglers descended on Cania Dam for the fifth qualifying round of the ABT Bass Pro series last week.
The North Burnett hotspot is stocked with golden perch, silver perch and saratoga, but these fisherman were after only one thing - bass.
The Australian Bream, Bass and Barramundi Tournaments' Jimmy Reid offered a glowing endorsement of Cania as a fishing and boating destination.
"We love coming here, the scenery is good but the fishing is better,” Reid said.
"Whether you're a bait or lure fisherman, this is the place to be.”
The event was run over three sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, July 12-13.
The competition's shared-weight format adjudicates based on the combined weight of competitors' four best bass from each session.
Despite catching just two fish in the final session, Tim Morgan and his boating partner Trent Blake's 8.7kg total over three sessions was enough to secure victory and book a spot in September's final at Somerset Dam.
Brisbane native Morgan, a lifelong fisherman and product manager for the series' major partner Rapala, said his years of experience fishing the dam had paid off.
"I've been fishing at Cania ever since they started running competitions here 15 years ago,” Morgan said.
"It's a great dam, there is a lot of variety.
"We stayed at Big 4 which is great for families, the kids absolutely love it.
"I get to fish in the grand final now - it's been a really good week.”
A chilly south westerly breeze and heavy fog provided less than ideal conditions and bites were hard to come by.
National distributor of fishing brand Lew's and event sponsor, Craig Simmons, managed just seven of a possible 12 catches, but a solid third session saw him sneak into sixth place.
Simmons said it was all part of the challenge of competitive fishing, and despite the difficult few days on the water, he thoroughly enjoyed the Cania experience.
"It's a beautiful dam, they have a sensational caravan park and it's a great place to come,” Simmons said.
"Bass is a great sport fish to catch, there are days when you can catch 50 of them.
"And then you can have days like this.”
"It's been tough going.”