There was a great turnout for the 22nd Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition on 11-12 February 2012. A total of 641 competitors, including 132 juniors, weighed in 471 fish.
The water level in the lake was at 100%, which together with the good weather conditions, set the scene for a great weekend of camping, fishing and family activities. The best session was on Saturday morning with 163 fish weighed in.
Hanwood Fish Hatchery champion junior anglers were Maitland Collins of Nanango who weighed-in a 1.805kg yellowbelly and Blake Manthey of Nanango who weighed in a 1.2kg Australian bass.
Adult angler Graham Scanlan of Proston took out Lake Boondooma Kiosk heaviest yellowbelly at 2.095kg. Graham won a Lowrance Fish Finder that was sponsored by the Lake Boondooma Kiosk.
Adult angler Kathleen Elliott of Proston took out the Wondai Accounting and Tax Services heaviest Australian bass at 1.720kg. Kathleen won a trophy and $250 prize money sponsored by Neil and Elizabeth Smith of Wondai Accounting and Tax Services.
Major prize winning draws for yellowbelly, Australian bass, silver perch, jew and spangled perch were won by Amanda Boyce of Toowoomba; Ashley Davies of Meringandan; Louise McHugh of Bell, Keith Eastment of Moores Pocket, and Kathy Dennis of Proston.
Major sponsors of the competition included South Burnett Regional Council, Wondai Accounting and Tax Services, Lake Boondooma Kiosk, Allround Angler, Huston Motors, Ransen Timber Company, Gotta be Meats of Murgon, Wondai IGA, All Covers and Tarps, Stihl Shop of Kingaroy, Kingaroy Camping, EvaKool Ice Boxes, The Tacklebox of Murgon, Goodyear Tyre Service of Kingaroy, John Provan Building Pty Ltd, Stanwell Corporation, Ergon Energy, Murgon Fruit Mart, Golden Spurs Hotel, Hivesville Hotel, Carrollee Hotel, Wondai Electrical Service, Water Skiers Warehouse, Wondai Plumbing and Trade Centre, BGA Agriservices, Bass to Barra Outdoors and Smak Lures, Bob Jane T Mart, Cobra Lures, Wondai Post Office, Munro Plumbing, Proston Country Bus Service, Smithfield Feedlot, and Crumpton Peanut Processers.
Huston Ford and Ransen Timber Company sponsored the winner and runner up prizes in the junior section and Allround Angler of Caboolture sponsored runner up prizes in the adult section. Ergon Energy also sponsored a lucky draw of junior life jackets.
The event provided a boost to the local economy with over 1400 campers enjoying the great facilities provided by South Burnett Regional Council at Lake Boondooma. Many of the campers were extending their stay in the area to visit other tourist attractions including Boondooma Homestead, the Wondai Timber Museum, local wineries and the many other attractions.
The Boondooma Dam Fish Stocking and Management Association Inc. would like to thank all competitors and the many sponsors for their continued support.
The 2013 competition will be held on 9-10 February 2013. For more information please contact John Burow on 0427 112 477. – Boondooma Dam Fish Stocking and Management Association Inc.Reads: 2084