THERE'S sure to be plenty of hook-ups during the BASS Australia Nation's Insight Genesis Wivenhoe Showdown this weekend.
However, the species which anglers are likely to encounter will quickly be wiping smiles from faces.
Lake Clarendon angler John Noble said this weekend's bass tournament was looking set to be a tough affair for competitors, mainly due to the abundance of catfish.
"The water is so warm at the moment that the catfish are really active and will eat anything you throw in the water," Noble said.
"You can drive around looking at the sounders and you'll see a lot of fish but they are all catfish.
"So it makes it difficult to find bass."
Noble said the sheer size of Wivenhoe presented another challenge for anglers.
"It's going to be a tough competition as there is a lot of water between bass," he said.
"There are not many spots that consistently hold bass too.
"There are a lot of good-looking spots, but they just don't hold bass."
After fishing in the co-angler division for the past five years, Noble has made the move up into the pro division for the 2016 season.
He said he was looking forward to the added challenges Wivenhoe would throw into the mix.
"It'll be interesting," he said.
"It's hard to be confident because it'll be so tough, but if I can get in the area I want, I can catch the bass.
For the first time, and much to anglers' delight, the six-knot speed restriction on Lake Wivenhoe has been lifted.
Noble said it was a welcome boost to the competition.
"It's good to be able to do 40 knots on the lake. You can normally only do six knots," he said.
"Tournaments held there previously have all been six knots, so the guys haven't been able to reach places in the dam they'd like to go.
"So this (40-knot speed) opens it up a lot more."
Despite being in only his first season in the pro division, Noble has already secured some impressive results.
He placed midfield at Somerset Dam and managed to claim 11th place at the Berkley Glenbawn Challenge in February.
"It (Glenbawn) was one of the biggest competitions entry-wise so far for Bass Nation and close to 50 boats entered," he said.
The Showdown will be held from March 10-13.
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