Perfect Weather for Bowen’s Wet Weekend
  |  First Published: November 2011

The 20th Bowen Family Fishing Classic and Wet Weekend is over for 2011!

Many ladies featured at the weigh in and went home with many of the great prizes on offer (refer to results attached). But the greatest catch of the day was the top class entertainment and beautiful Bowen weather that once again proved that Bowen is the ‘Climate Capital of Australia’ and the ‘Gem of the Coral Coast’!

Families were kept entertained both on and off the stage. Adam Harvey headlined the open air on stage ‘Classic Legends’ line up of the weekends’ entertainment and he was a great hit with all ages. The crowd were all happy and well behaved for the 20th XXXX Beach Party held at Bowen’s front beach, which is also known as Bowen's Free Entertainment of the year.

The kids enjoyed numerous activities from beach/bush craft, sandcastles, beach soccer, and the "fling a fish" competition and not forgetting the "classic lolly drop" thanks to Dwyer aviation.

The old saying ‘build it and they will come’ springs to mind when the committee again saw record crowds attending the Sunday afternoon prize presentations under the 22 tents, to find out if they had won a host of great prizes both highest weight and secret weights and the random Lucky draws by Montes Reef Resort, Delacey Retravsion, Hamilton Island and Centrepoint Traders of Bowen.

But the ultimate prize package was a lucky draw out of the barrel and went to Jenny Salter of Nebo who took delivery of the $34,500 Sports Fishing Centre Console finished in graphite grey and white, fitted out with all accessories by Tropical Trailerboats and a fold down bimini canopy by Mobile Boat Canopies complimented the versatile fishing rig powered by a 75hp Honda outboard. The package was on offer with the help of Honda Marine, Tropical Trailerboats, Blue Fin Boats, Mobile Boat Canopies, Sea-link Trailers, Humminbird, Super Charge Batteries, and the Classic Crew.

The Junior Prize – the Blue Fin 3.45 ‘Trekker’ V-Bow Punt also finished in graphite grey, is an ideal car topper or fishing platform at 65kg in weight, powered by the Honda 2.3hp outboard. The Trekker worth $4000 was won by Troy from Kirwan, Townsville.

With the fish that anglers donated being filleted and packed as we went to print by Bowen Fisherman’s Seafood Co, the benefits continue to flow from this event as the fish fillets are donated to the local Meals On Wheels organisations in Bowen and Collinsville.

The Classic crew would like to also thank the dedicated team of volunteers who work the whole weekend setting up and running the event because without them an event of this size would not get off the ground and hence the donations to local and regional charities would not be possible. National, regional and local businesses who donate the host of prizes on offer along with the Classic Crew would like to thank everyone for their support for 2011 and hope that a good time was had by all.


Senior Results

SpeciesWinnerWeight (kg)Secret Weight
Spanish MackerelElisha Grech27.00Jason Fawdry
Mackerel (other)Sarah Hines6.04Tammie Blows
Coral TroutDale Walkom4.33Rachel Miller
Mangrove JackJim Vella5.20Joel Barber
FlatheadScott Bain2.39Tina Pritchard
CodSteve Bridson23.90Corinne St Martin
WhitingClint Hayes0.48Simon Miller
TrevallySharon Clancy22.40Jake Walsh
BreamMark O’Keefe0.78Cassie Knight
SweetlipTupo Lush3.02Luwyn Fischer
BarramundiDarren O’Keefe8.15Hayley Neilson
Javelin FishJason Tiler2.54Richard Mathin
Red Emperor/Scarlet Sea PerchChris Meagher11.37Peter Teakelo
Blue Tusk FishSteve Aitken7.81Rodney Andrews
Other SpeciesBrad Davey (Barracuda)17.25Kelly Ross
CrabLoretta Soden2.17Barry Bradden

Junior Results

SpeciesWinnerWeight (kg)Secret Weight
Spanish MackerelJeff Borghero19.45Wyatt Hair
Mackerel (other)Dylan Hudson5.45Maddison Blows
Coral TroutMarley Parker3.12Tyler Beath
Mangrove JackJackson Vella1.76Justin McTackett
FlatheadTanika Pugh2.41Joshua Tawse
CodZac Bridson14.65Mark Land
WhitingNiclos Holditch0.33Chloe Gerhert
TrevallyChelsea Maddison6.85William Trueman
BreamBrettani Anderson0.85Jasman Pope
SweetlipMikaela Choice2.13Dusty Otto
BarramundiJessie Houseman9.94Adam VanDalen
Javelin FishChloe Sullivan1.82Charlee Acton
Red Emperor/Scarlet Sea PerchMitchell Bridson7.30Abbie Murphy
Blue Tusk FishHayden Ardington0.98Darby Karaughaar
Other SpeciesJoshua Pendreigh (Cobia)7.21Henry Peckett

Other Winners

Senior Champion AnglerJim Vella
Junior Champoion AnglerJackson Vella
Heaviest Fish FemaleElisha Grech 27kg Spanish mackerel
Random Lucky Weigh-in SeniorFlynn Barry-Cotter
Random Lucky Weigh-in JuniorRachael Cave
Senior BoatJen Salter
Junior BoatTroy Delgado

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