SSBS 2011 Grand Final Review

What a glorious weekend for the 2011 Squidgie Southern Bream Series! 50 boating and 21 kayak teams were invited to attend the crowning SSBS event held over two days on St Georges Basin and Shoalhaven River, Day one started on the St Georges Basin, early indications were for a fine day with light winds, and for once the predictions were correct. Bream were definitely around to be caught with 61 teams weighing in a total of 198 bream for the day. Day one in the boating section belonged to Deans Tackle and Outdoors – Damien Skeen and Wayne Skeen – who weighed in a beautiful 4.62kg 5/5 bag. Bream Attacks – Michael Borg and Geoff Borg – were placed second with a respectable 5/5 4.26kg bag. Rounding out the top three in the boating section were Gamakatsu/Shimano’s Nick Reay and Lucas Pratt with another 5/5 bag weighing 4.095kg. The kayak section saw I fish’s Jason Lambert take the lead with a 3/3 2.62kg bag. In second place was Jonathon Chen with a nice 2/3 1.87kg bag. Third place was held by Sailing Scene’s Andrew Death with another 3/3 1.62kg bag. After a great dinner at the Greenwell Point Bowling Club (not to mention raising over $800 for Breast Cancer Awareness) Sunday morning saw anglers head to Greenwell Point for day 2 of the SSBS Grand Final on the challenging Shoalhaven River. For once the Shoalhaven River event greeted us with fine weather and anglers headed off in wonderful sunny conditions. The weigh-in was held on the new Shimano tank which was an amazing spectacle for anglers and the community alike. With a combined two day bag result for the Grand Final anglers were keen to see who would take home the $4000 cash, Hobie Outback mirage and two trips to join the Shimano team aboard Triton for the boating section and $1000 cash, Hobie Outback mirage and a trip to join the Shimano team aboard Triton for the Kayak section. The Kayak section belonged to Andrew Death who came from third on day one to take the winners position with a combined bag of 3.195kg. Second place was retained by Jonathon Chen with a combined bag weight of 3.085kg. Jonathon also secured the Hobie Kayak Big bream with an amazing 1.145kg basin bream. Third place went to I Fish’s Jason Lambert with a combined bag weight of 2.62kg. In the boating section Deans Tackle and Outdoors Damien Skeen and Wayne Skeen held onto the day one lead to finish in the top spot with a combined bag weight of 6.865kg. Second place was taken out by consistent place getters Compleat Angler Batemans Bay/Squidgie Pro Range’s Craig Johnson and Jason Mayberry with a combined bag weight of 6.230kg. Rounding out the podium with their third place was Bream Attack’s Michael Borg and Geoff Borg with a 5.895kg combined weight bag. The Damiki Big Bream Prize was taken out by Damiki/Pontoon 21’s Scott Brown with an impressive 1.465kg basin bream. At the conclusion of the 2011 Squidgie Southern Bream Series Basin Lure and Fly Anglers would like to thank the sponsors of this series: Shimano Australia, Hobie Fishing, Lowrance, Evinrude, Damiki, Edgewater Boats, Skeeter Boats, Bundaberg Rum, Flowrite systems, Culburra Bait and Tackle, Fishing World Magazine, Ugly Fish Sunglasses and Southern Insight, without whom we couldn’t bring you this series. We wish all anglers a safe remainder for 2011 and hope to see you all again for the 2012 series. Details of which will be appearing on our website www.ssbs.basinlureandfly.org.au over the coming weeks.