Crowds flocked to the Bundaberg Volunteer Marine Rescue Family Fishing Classic on June 24-26. Organiser Graeme Morley said “Record registrations of 1128 this year included 318 juniors. This highlights the family oriented nature of the event where families fish together and then enjoy the social part of the day with live entertainment, lucky draws and good hot food”.
The large turnout was amazing given the less than ideal weather forecast where strong winds only allowed off-shore fishing on the Friday. However Kevin Charteris and Kevin Sergiacomi again produced the goods in the challenge of the big reds with impressive catches of red emperor.
Estuary fishers had a great time with good catches of bream, whiting and flathead. Of the 497 estuary fish weighed 42% of the junior catch was live, while 32% of the senior catch was in the live category. The catch and release category is becoming more popular each year. Spokesman Graham Kingston said “This category was important for increasing the environmental credentials of fishing competitions, as live fish are tagged and released with support from the Bundaberg Sports Fishing Club”.
The popularity of the VMR Family Fishing Classic is underpinned by the wonderful support of local business sponsors who this year provided a total of $83,405 value in sponsorship, which included $56,074 in prizes. This year there were two Polycraft boats with Suzuki outboards as major lucky draw prizes. The Saturday draw of a 3m Polycraft tender and 4hp Suzuki was won by Nikki Wood. The Sunday draw of the 4.1m Ploycraft Challenger, 30hp Suzuki from Boats Galore and a garage from Garage World Bundaberg was won by Jim Cini. The major sponsors who supported VMR this year included Polycraft Industries, Boats Galore and Suzuki Marine, Tackle World Bundaberg, Garage World Bundaberg, WIN TV, Bundaberg News Mail, Jarrott’s Service Centre, FNQ Security, Sea FM and Burnett Heads Marina.
The team from Bargara Rotary were kept very busy providing delicious burgers, hot dogs and chips to the hungry crowd who were entertained by Graham Crowden with a live country and western program.
Graeme Morley said “The increasing popularity of the classic from just 465 participants in 2006 to over 1,100 in 2011, including a good number from outside the Bundaberg region, highlights that we have a great family product. VMR is looking forward to providing and even better attraction in 2012”. - Graham Kingston
|Species||Junior dead||Junior Live||Senior dead||Senior Live|
|Bream||K Scanlan 0.860kg||D Nilson 1.000kg||M Baker 0.995kg||R Wilson 1.130kg|
|Whiting||C Murray 0.245kg||C Murray 0.3850kg||J Saunders 0.615kg||B Hustwick 0.500kg|
|Flathead||M Renz 2.315kg||M Hawden 1.430kg||M Negus 2.885kg||J McCallum 2.955kg|
|Tailor||T-L Walls 0.385kg||L Allwood 0.455kg||J Myers 1.100kg||G Hall 1.225kg|
|Trumpeter||-||-||R Lockyer 1.840kg||G Brown 3.090kg|
|Tuna/Mackerel||M Oldfield 10.550kg|
|Parrot/Tuskfish||K Sergiacomi 1.535kg|
|Snapper||C Scotney 5.020kg|
|Red emperor||K Charteris 13.040kg|
|Sweetlip||P Beer 6.180kg|