Round one at Kinchant went pretty much to script, some solid bags of 900+, and a couple of teams cracking the metre+.  Triton Boats / Edge Rods and Wilson duked it out going fish for fish all night ending up with only a 480-gram difference – 53.5kg to 53.02.  I wish that Telstra would get it’s act together because that live event – going fish for fish throughout the night is so much more entertaining.  Even better at Kinchant Shane Compain was providing a hilariously enthusiastic blow for blow via his Instagram, which in many ways is even better than live streaming. There is no way most of the audience spread throughout Queensland or beyond can make it to a weigh-in, so this is the perfect event to go entirely online.   Griffo and Karim (Edge Rods/EJ Todd) came in fourth, ensuring they were well in the mix for a team of the year, and with Matt Mott and his son Dylan in third, there were a good half dozen teams in the mix after round 1.

 

Here is the top 10 from round 1:

 

Place

Fisher

#Fish

Total Bag (kg)

1

Triton Boats / Edge Rods

5

53.50

2

Wilson

5

53.02

3

Team Garmin

5

39.00

4

Edge Rods / EJ Todd

5

37.76

5

Fish With Me

4

37.45

6

Likely Lads

5

36.16

7

Lowrance

3

36.02

8

Jackall

5

35.95

9

Barambah Lures/Duffrods

5

34.53

10

Dobyns Rods / Lethal Lures

4

33.12

 

That table, however, doesn’t tell the real story of the night, final scores flatten out the action, and this is one of the things that happens with weigh-ins too.  Sure, you get a sense of who won but you never really see how they got there. Over the past year, I have become good friends with the stats language “R” which provided me with much better tools to assess fishing performances, which I will cover in parts throughout this year.  For this article, though I had put together a score worm for each round for the top 6 places as well as a time sequence of when catches occurred to provide a greater context of the action.

The “Score Worm” shows just how close the night was between Wilson and Triton Boats/Edge Rods.  Wilson got off to a great start but as the night work on Triton pegged them back, and in the last 3 hours the fish dried up leaving Wilson just short of victory. Both teams were fishing in close proximity, so this was a genuine race.  The second cohort of teams in 3rd to 6th had their run with the fish coming in later.  This chart highlights the importance of cashing in when the bite period is on in competitions.   This chart also shows how one fish out of the bite period can swing things, with team Fish With Me well out of the top 5 until one late fish turned things their way. The overall catch below shows that the field collectively experienced a clear bite period with less fish either side.

Final Scoreboard

Total Hours 8
Total Teams 26
Total Fish 88
No. Teams Caught Fish 24
No. Teams Didn’t Catch Fish 2
% Fishers Caught Fish 92.31
Most Fish Wilson (9 fish)
Edge Rods/EJ Todd (9 fish)
Mins/Fish 5.45
Overall Catch Rate (Fish/Fisher/Day) 1.69
Average No. Fish/Fisher 3.38
Total Species 1
Total Trophy Fish 3
Total Legal Fish 83
Total Undersize Fish 2