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Mary Valley Fishing Classic success
  |  First Published: December 2012



Fishing Classic Committee Chairman, Glenn Williams, reported that the fishing competition held at Borumba Dam on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October was a huge success.

Mr Williams said: “We had 79 competitors including 9 Juniors which was extremely pleasing to the Committee considering it has been about 20 years since a similar family competition was held at Lake Borumba. We would like to be able to run it again next year and increase the numbers even more.”

The competition was organized by the combined Lions Clubs of Gympie and Mary Valley as a means of showing the Mary Valley area off as a great place to live, work and play.

Competitors fished for five species of fish in a ‘catch and release’ event targeting, bass, golden perch, silver perch, saratoga and catfish with a special competition for the juniors targeting redclaw.

A lucky draw for a fish finder valued at $500 donated by Hummingbird Australia was won by junior entrant Tyson Kretschmer of Gympie.

Mr Williams said that there were 26 fish weighed in with many entrants reporting good catches of juvenile fish that did not make the legal limit and were returned to the water.

He added that a tagged golden perch that was released into the Lake on 19 November 2010 at 26.5cm was recaptured during the competition and measured again at 45cm before being returned to the water.

Mr Williams said: “We are also indebted to Graham Walker and Mike Delisser from the Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association for their valuable help in acting as weigh masters and marshals on the water. They also freely offered tips to competitors on the best places to fish and what methods are likely to result in a catch.”

He added that, “The Association does good work in making Lake Borumba a great recreational fishery and deserves full community support.

Mr Williams went on to thank all entrants and sponsors including the Gympie Times for their supporting the competition. – Glenn Williams

Winners

SpeciesLength(cm)Angler

Adult

Bass43.8Ryan McGregor
Golden Perch45.0Michael Robinson
Silver Perch31.0Col Gamble
Catfish51.0Chace Pinkney
Saratoga63.1David Humphreys

Juniors

Redclaw35.8Reece Lucas
Garfish48.0Kiesha Lucas”

(There were no fish measured for the other species)

1

Kiesha Lucas with her winning catfish in the junior section.

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Graham Walker, Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Assn member and weighmaster, with a winning Bass

3

Reece Lucas with his winning redclaw in the junior event.

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Michael Robinson weighing in a 63.0cm Toga

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Committee member Karen Caniffe (L) and Chairman Glenn Williams (R) getting competitors onto the water, handing out boat tags.

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