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McHugh takes the win at Toonumbar
  |  First Published: July 2016



Clear skies greeted 32 excited anglers on the morning of the Toonumbar BASS Electric round. The anglers reported that the desired big fish chose not to play the game for the entirety of the tournament, as only the small fish came out to play. Most competitors caught plenty of fish, but many were under-sized and barely stretched to the 30cm mark – even if they did, they were lean.

The majority of the fish were caught at the top end of the dam where the creek runs in. As you can see by the results the margin in the weight of the fish was minimal making for a competitive contest all the same!

The three anglers that stood out over the weekend were Charles West in 3rd place, Adrian Wilson in 2nd, and Paul McHugh who took out the competition.

Charles fished at the back of the dam with soft plastics tight to the edges on a 1/12 jighead. Adrian (Charles’ fishing partner) fished the same area – tight to the weed edges using a Megabass Baby PopX on a Barrabass custom rod with a Daiwa Certate reel and 6lb Superfive PE braid coupled with Toray Superhard 6lb leader. Adrian also took out the Big Bass, weighing in an 853g fish.

The winner overall was Paul McHugh who weighed in a total bag of 2.536kg for a four fish limit. Paul headed to the main basin where he fished a small bay only to catch undersized fish using beetle spins and blades. At around 4pm he moved to a shaded bank halfway back to the boat ramp. He fished an OSP Bent Minnow with heavier gauge hooks so he could fish the lure into deeper water. This allows the lures to semi-suspend and slowly rise back to the surface. Paul cast behind the lily pads and once the fish was hooked he didn’t give it an inch and was able to extract his bag limit.

On Sunday morning he continued with the pattern he used on Day 1 and had success once more using the Bent Minnow technique. His fish came early in the session again, within 500m of the boat ramp. He hooked three more fish and lost them but happy with his catch he weighed in early.

Paul used an Edge Rods Black Widow rod (SC-LSR703) matched with a Daiwa Steez 2500-spin reel spooled with Sunline Castaway 12lb braid and Toray Superhard 10lb Natural leader. The OSP Bent Minnow was fitted with Size 6 Owner Hooks ST-41.

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the event. It was great weather, great company and as always we look forward to next year.

PlaceAnglersFishTotal Weight (kg)PrizeBig Bass
1Paul McHugh42.536Pack+$380
2Adrian Wilson42.494Pack+$2400.853
3Charles West42.437Pack+$160
4Les Smith42.313Pack+$140
5Nathan Swanson42.090Pack+$120
6Chris Lindsay42.001Pack+$100
7Tom Reynolds31.829Pack+$80
8Prue Urquhart31.595Pack+$60
9Steve Mclean21.190
10Glen Swanson21.032

Winning Ways

As the sun came up the bass shied away, so Paul used heavier hooks to suspend his lure deeper and tease them into biting.

Winning Tackle

Paul used an Edge Rods Black Widow rod (SC-LSR703) matched with a Daiwa Steez 2500-spin reel spooled with Sunline Castaway 12lb braid and Toray Superhard 10lb Natural leader. The OSP Bent Minnow was fitted with Size 6 Owner Hooks ST-41.

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