With registrations at the Grabine Lakeside State Park on Wyangala Dam, the Grabine Classic started off with absolutely superb Spring weather that continued throughout the entire weekend.
After being so low that the 2010 event had to be cancelled, Wyangala Dam this year was at 94% and rising.
A total of 1078 entrants were recorded, falling slightly short of the record 1155.
Entrants came from all over NSW as well as from Victoria and even one from Townsville.
A total of 14% were juniors, who totally enjoyed the weekend and the Grabine Classic apparently is fast becoming more family orientated.
Catch and release recordings were more prevalent, with an increase of over 500% from previous years, which was very pleasing to see.
There were 54 prize divisions were on offer with all trophies handed out to lucky entrants.
The major winners were:
Heaviest cod Jess Corkery (Boorowa) 5.083kg; heaviest yellowbelly Tom Keatley (Goulburn) 2.975kg; heaviest catfish Mitch Grange (Yass) 1.475kg.
Catch and release: Heaviest silver perch Arnold Fuller (Young) 1.061kg; heaviest carp Mitch Cassells (Junior, Boorowa) 3.410kg
No trout or redfin were recorded this year.
Boyd Carruthers Memorial Trophy for largest Catch and release, Katrine Holland (Oberon) cod 4.998kg.
Dick Elvins Trophy for most released, Shane Hatton (Orange), releasing 29 fish.
First prize raffle, David Meachean (Watson ACT) trailer plus contents; second Allan Hadfield (Yass) barbecue plus gas table heater.
Major prize winner of boat, trailer and motor, Paul Bennett (Woodstock).
All fish weighed in, excluding carp, were in top condition with good colouring and no sign of any diseases or markings.
All fish weighed in were to be 35cm and over, except cod, which needed to be at least 60cm.
After not being able to conduct a Tournament last year due to the extremely low water level, the Grabine Freshwater Fishing Tournament Inc. committee wish to thank all of our sponsors for helping in getting the 2011 Classic up and running. Although there are many, we thank them all and in particular to CUB Mid Strength, Cowra Marine Centre and Pure Fishing Australia.
This Tournament is proving to be more popular each year with more attraction to families and juniors. It also is a great chance for Fishing Clubs to organise inter-club competitions while participating in the Classic itself.
Readers are reminded that the Annual Grabine Classic is always conducted during the last full weekend each August.
As secretary/treasurer, I would like to thank my fellow committee persons for a job well done and in particular to our two new committee members, Jane Small and Chris Wray, for their unrewarding efforts and enthusiasm that they put in their first Classic. – Wayne Cummins.
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