Perfect weather greeted the 211 keen anglers who hit the water for the 2007 Yamaha Lake Hume Classic on November 10/11. All were eager to get amongst the action – and the fish did not let them down.
There were 109 golden perch registered and released over the two days, along with 32 redfin and seven trout. The usual pest –carp – were also present and130 were removed from the lake.
All who gathered for the Saturday night meal were full of praise for the resort chefs. To help settle the meal, entertainment provided by local vocalist Katie Balldock and was fully enjoyed by all. No competitor who attended on the night went home empty handed, as there were plenty of lucky door prizes given away.
Sunday was another great day on the water and the crowd gathered early at the Lake Hume Resort to hear the results for the weekend. Biggest golden perch in the Seniors for the weekend was caught by local gun Craig Barber with a sizable 607mm specimen. He took home a magnificent lure picture from McGraths Lures.
The major prize in the Seniors section was awarded by way of a random draw for all who registered a golden perch. It was a Minn Kota Riptide bow-mounted electric motor, donated by Rays Outdoors, and was won by Sharon Burgess.
The Junior Champion was decided by the biggest golden perch, and was won by Jay Banbrook. The major prize for the Juniors was a tackle box full of lures and tackle, supplied by our lure sponsors and SS&A Anglers, plus a rod and reel from Shimano. The winner was Steven McPherson.
As for the major Overall prize, all were keen to see who would drive away with the boat package. Ken Humphries from Bonegilla Boats did the honour of drawing out competitor 204, who was 10 year old Junior Joshua McKenna. Josh took home the prize of a lifetime, well done! For more winners, check out our web site at www.lakehumeclassic.com.au
We would like to thank all our sponsors for their generosity, because this event would not even get off the ground without them. Thanks to all our members from the anglers and rotary clubs for giving up their weekend to make the classic a success. We hope to see you all again in 2008. – Dave McKennaReads: 553