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BREAM Entry Fees & Rewards 2011

Post by Simon Goldsmith » Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:55 pm

BREAMers,

It seems we've opened a can of worms with the increase in entry fees for next year. In hindsight perhaps we should have released our thinking and our plans for 2011 at the same time. That way you wouldn't have felt so blind-sided and you would have had the big picture to go with the $$ increase.

Anyway here's my editorial that will run in the 2011 TAG, along with the Sponsor Bonus page in the TAG that go a fair way to explaining it all.

Tournament Season 2011: Taking it to the Next Level

It’s never been a better time to be a tournament angler in Australia. The calendar is bulging at the seams with tournaments, tournament tackle has never been better and of course the desire of anglers to hit the tournament trail has never been greater, or seemingly more insatiable.

Never content to rest on its laurels ABT in 2011 has decided to take the tournament scene to the next level with a host of firsts, changes and as always, improvements. Format changes, technological advancements and the supersizing of payouts and prizes are all in-store for anglers in 2011.
So whatever species you’re into, as Jamie Oliver would say it’s happy days. So let’s check out what’s in store for you and your tournament fishing brethren and find out how we’re going to take tournament fishing to the next level in 2011.
BREAM
The Daiwa Australia Open is where it all starts, with the Daiwa presented event evolving from its original team structure to an individual, angler v fish format. With only an observer to keep them company anglers will have nowhere to hide, and only the unbridled individual accolades or personal despair to revel or wallow in. It’ll be just like the final day of a Grand Final or Super Series, but one that lasts for three long days.

Live streaming will become a more permanent feature of the BREAM calendar, with a total of ten events throughout the year receiving the streaming treatment. If the popularity of the streaming of the 2010 BREAM Grand Finals is anything to go by the live streams are going to be huge. No more waiting for the results to get posted online or ringing friends that are at event, log-on and check it out for yourself.

Grand Final week in BREAM fishing, just like in AFL and NRL is the biggest week in the sport. The anticipation, the thrills and spills and of course the nailing biting drama of the last few minutes of competition combine to make it the week that all BREAMers fish for. Forster and Taree will play host to the Daiwa BREAM Grand Final and Skeeter BREAM Classic Grand Final, with the week long tournament trail kicking off at Port Macquarie with the Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Grand Final before hitting the road for Taree and Forster.

The pool of prizes for the teams and individual Grand Final will be the richest ever with a Basscat/Mercury boat-motor package on offer for the champion boater at the Daiwa BREAM Grand Final, while teams will compete once again for a Skeeter/Evinrude tournament rig at the Skeeter/Evinrude BREAM Classic Grand Final. With two rigged and ready to go tournament boats on offer it’s definitely going to be the tournament week to end all tournament weeks.
BASS
BASS anglers are in for a great year on the tour, records rains, capacity dams and the huge fields of 2010 should see anglers eager to hitch their bass boats on and hit the road. Skeeter Boats returns to where it all began for them in Australia to headline the BASS Pro Series. Four qualifying rounds and a Grand Final make up the series, with each event scheduled to hit the water on what is traditionally its peak fishing time. With tough bites plaguing the tour last year, everyone will be hoping we strike it good in 2011.

Grand Final Week returns to QLD for 2011, with the Skeeter Boats BASS Pro Series Grand Final returning to the scene of David Green’s 2004 Grand Final victory, Lake Boondooma. Will lightening strike twice and David Green secure another Grand Final win and the Skeeter Trip of a Lifetime to U.S, or will we have a new name to add to the grand final shield? We’ll have to wait until the second last weekend in September to find out.

The Megabass BASS Megabucks returns to the BASS Grand Final Week for the new season and will head to the QLD Mecca of big bass, Lake Somerset, 20/21st September. Hitting Somerset mid week the Megabass Megabucks will allow anglers to enjoy the lake free of weekend revelers and get their casting arm warmed up before heading to the Grand Final. With Megabass at the reins one thing is certain and that it’s going to be a tackle fueled bass fest like only Megabass can do.

BASS Electric anglers are in for perhaps the biggest year of all, with a new series naming sponsor and a host of series first set to make the Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric Series the most exciting for some years. As the series name shows Blue Fin Boats now heads the series and will once again, along with MotorGuide, provide the prizes at the BASS Electric Convention at Borumba in September.

Preceeding the Convention will be 25 qualifying rounds, with all your favourite venues set to return. Cania, Toonumbar, and Danjeera will host two-day events that will feature a two-day combined limit format rather than the two single-day events system that we’ve been using for the last few years. Single day events still remain as the cornerstone of the series with plenty on the calendar to keep you bassing all year long.

Something new for the year is the BASS Electric Angler of the Year title, that will structured similarly to the BASS Pro AOY and will position itself on the mantle piece as possibly the most coveted title on offer in the Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric Series.

Kayak anglers will also have bass events to keep them busy between bream events, with two Daiwa-Hobie BASS Kayak events added to the calendar. Lake McDonald and Clarrie Hall Dam will each host an event, and will be run in conjunction with a round Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric Series.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE
Another first for ABT is that non-boaters in BREAM and BASS Pro Qualifiers, along with BASS Electric anglers now have the option “Pro Up”. If you’re a non-boater or electric angler who makes a habit of walking away with a swag of prizes you’d be crazy not to open your wallet and have a crack. It’ll also get your name on the money winners’ list, and we all want to see our names there don’t we?

ABT invests in new infrastructure for the New Year, with a new purpose built trailer hitting the tournament trail in early January. A mobile tournament HQ come weigh-in stage, the new fully wrapped, hybrid addition to the ABT flotilla of vehicles will sit front and centre at each tournament, and is just another step in taking ABT to the next level.

ABT welcomes aboard a host of new sponsors for the 2011 season with Austackle, BassCat, Duffrods, Sebile, Pontoon 21, and Samiki joining the ABT family. Welcome aboard guys, and may you enjoy the ride. To our existing sponsors, it’s great to have you back for another year, let’s hope it’s a year full of fish, and favourable conditions for all.
WITH THANKS
Of course each new year on the tournament trail isn’t possible with the commitment and hard work of many people. At ABT we’re blessed to be surrounded by the best in the businesses. Marcel, Chris, our casual staff, and the man who started it all, Steve, combine to make a crack team. Without them ABT wouldn’t be where it is today.

So sit back, enjoy the latest installment of the ABT Tournament Angler Guide, and I’ll see you at a tournament in 2011.

Simon Goldsmith
Tournament Angler Guide and ABT Tournament Director

Sponsor Bonus Text
Tournament anglers are in for a great season on the tournament trail in 2011. There have never been more events to fish and the rewards have never been greater. Whether BREAM, BASS, or BARRA are your thing, the thrills and benefits are there to enjoy.

It all starts in January with the Daiwa BREAM Australian Open on Sydney Harbour, where anglers will experience 100% payback on their entry fee. Add in another $5000 worth of Daiwa prizes and anglers will be as happy as a fish in water at this inaugural individual event.

The Open is only the tip of the iceberg for BREAMers with a Basscat/Mercury boat-motor package on offer for the champion boater at the Daiwa BREAM Grand Final in November. While for BREAM Classic fans the Skeeter/Evinrude boat package sits atop the winners’ dais at the Skeeter/Evinrude BREAM Classic Grand Final. Mercury owners are set to cash-in on the BREAM scene with the Mercury Cup rewarding the top three ranking points collating anglers with a fist full of cash at the end of the tournament season. With the Mercury Cup and Mercury Bonus on the table for the 2011 Mercury owners have never had it so good.

Skeeter Boats returns to the BASS stage for the New Year and heads the BASS Pro Series, once again offering the champion boater at the Grand Final a chance to head stateside with the Skeeter Trip of a Lifetime. The trip itinerary includes a visit to Skeeter Boats HQ where you’ll undertake a tour of the factory and meet the people responsible for building Australia’s number one tournament boat. It’s not all sight seeing through because you’ll also get a chance to hit the water and fish with a Skeeter Tournament Pro, plus fish a USA bass tournament. Past winners such as Carl Jocumsen and Tim Morgan will attest to just how good this trip is.

Skeeter also spread their wings wider with the Skeeter Bonus Buck$ that rewards Skeeter owners regardless of what tournament species they’re fishing for. The highest AOY point collating angler (all species AOY points added together) at the end of the season will finish the year with an extra $2000 in their pocket. If they’re running an Evinrude you can double this to $4000. A great bonus for supporting the brands that support tournament fishing.

Club Marine pays out on the BASS Pro tour in 2011, with the highest placed Club Marine insured boater at each of the four BASS Pro rounds taking away $500 in cash. Who says insurance doesn’t pay?

The Megabass Japan Tackle Tour is the prize that all tournament fans will want, with the trip seeing its winner heading to the high-end tackle world capital, Japan, to experience the excitement of a Japanese Tackle Show. Anglers have two ways to get in the draw, either by buying a Megabass, Samurai Reaction or Unitika product locally and lodging an entry with their receipt, or by fishing their way into the draw by using the same three products at an ABT event. The more the entries you have, the better your chances. So if you want to head to the Mecca of tournament tackle, then you better get spending and fishing.

BARRA anglers don’t miss out in 2011 and have more tournaments to fish than they can poke a stick at. With multiple BARRA Trophy Team events, BARRA Pro rounds and the Daiwa BARRA Tour Grand Final delivering tournament fans more chances than ever to scratch their barra fishing itch.

Record and best in-industry cash payouts plus prizes galore are just the start for 2011. Add the ever growing list of Sponsor Bonuses to the mix and anglers are in for their richest and most rewarding year on the ABT Tournament Trail.

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