All the latest and greatest fishing boats gathered at Lake Mulwala over the weekend of February 16/17 for Mulwala Football Netball Club’s 4th Annual Lowrance Da$h4Ca$h Super Series. A record field of 78 boats saw 156 fishers competing for over $10,000 of cash and prizes.
The Da$h4Ca$h Super Series is three different fishing events held over two days. Saturday’s fishing comprised of two 4-hour fishing sessions, while Sunday morning was a quick-fire 3-hour session. The aim of the game is for anglers to catch their fish as quickly as possible and bring them back to the designated weigh point for measuring and release. Points are then awarded according to fish length and time for capture.
There was a great buzz on the Saturday morning as competitors registered in anticipation of what lay ahead. In near perfect weather conditions, the sound of the starter’s gun foreshadowed an amazing sight as 78 boats took off in all directions.
First fish for the morning was a beauty brought in by Roger Miles, Lake Mulwala’s number one fisherman and fishing guide with Cod Hunter Fishing Tours. This fish measured 87cm, but unluckily for Roger and partner Derek Blow, it was their only fish for the morning. They ended up in fourth position and out of the cash.
Twenty legal-sized cod were brought in for measuring in the morning session, with three teams registering two fish each. Third place was taken out by Guy Rehfisch and Paul Klein, from Ballarat, while Glen Scoble and Ray Miller from Bendigo grabbed hold of second. The winning team for the morning session was Barbara and Glen Hewat, a mother and son combination. Barbara managed to land her PB cod of 75cm, which she followed up by another of 56cm. They took home $1500 for first place, along with a Lowrance X125 sounder. Barbara was over the moon with their achievement, and why not – they had out-fished over 150 of the country’s finest cod anglers.
After a great lunch at La Porchetta, anglers were a bit lethargic in getting back into their boats for the afternoon session, as the sun was really starting to kick in and a few ill effects from the night before were starting to take effect.
Saturday afternoon saw an amazing feat, as two fishermen absolutely blitzed the field like never before. Peter Hromenko and Craig Stephen from Bendigo took off in search of the big fish that they had lost on previous trips to Mulwala. Within half an hour they had landed their first great green fish of 107cm – a true monster. The boys then went back out again in search of their next victim, and within half an hour returned with another beauty of 94cm. Both boys were stoked, knowing their lead was impossible to overtake. For their efforts they received $2000 and a Lowrance sounder. For the rest of the afternoon, 14 legal fish were brought in, with Jason Kerr and Jason Bonadi from Canberra taking second, and Lance Patten and Mick Raddick from Barham coming third.
After a night of a few cool drinks and a fair bit of deliberation over techniques, 156 battle weary fishos gathered again for the 8am shotgun start in very windy conditions. Aussie cricketing great Merv Hughes, a big supporter of the event, had arrived to take his place in the field. Merv managed to land a cod he reckons measured 54.999cm – close but not quite legal. In landing this fish, he managed to stick a treble hook through his finger. Merv was offered “hospital” or “push-it-through-and-pull-it-out” by his in-boat doctor, Wayne Lennon from Oar-Gee Lures. Merv took the latter option and returned to fishing. Over the weekend two other boys weren’t so lucky and ended up in the sick bay having trebles removed from their digits.
With the big dollars up for grabs, fishing was tense. Steve Suckling of Yarrawonga and Mick Grimison of Deniliquin came out the big winners, taking home the $2500 and Lowrance sounder for their 77cm and 57cm fish.
Following them up for second was Gary and Jamie Lord from Geelong, while Shaun Calamatta and Amy Silva finished third. A total of 14 legal fish were measured in for the Sunday morning session.
The Mulwala Football and Netball Club wishes to thank Lowrance, the Mulwala Water Ski Club, Intents Fishing/KMA Signs Mulwala, Yarrawonga Outdoors, Yarrawonga Jewelers/Yoox/One Zac, Yamaha, Stormy Seas, La Porchetta, Wagga Fishing World and the Magical Mark for their involvement as sponsors.
Next year the event will be held on February 14/15, so lock it in your diary for next year, and expect it to be bigger and better once again.
Craig Stephen with a 94cm Murray cod that helped him and partner Peter Hromenko win the Saturday afternoon session of the Lowrance Da$h4Ca$h. Earlier they had also landed a 107cm cod.Reads: 1118