Cardwell Barra Bonanza
  |  First Published: October 2013

From 24-26 October 2013 the Cardwell Sportfishing Club will be staging the sixth much-anticipated Cardwell Barra Bonanza.

The event is expected to attract more than 300 visitors to Cardwell, so the town's economy will receive a much needed ‘shot in the arm’ after the prolonged and extensive cyclone recovery roadworks, which have crippled the town since Tropical Cyclone Yasi in early 2011.

The Cardwell Barra Bonanza is a two-day sportfishing competition held annually at the end of October to coincide with the close of the barra season. Fishing the waters off Hinchinbrook Island, captured barra will be measured and released; the other species, mangrove jack, javelin and king threadfin salmon, will only have a limit of one per day and will be weighed.

The opportunity to visit picturesque Cardwell as well as great prizes and affordable nomination fees make this a competition that appeals to anglers from Cairns to the coalmines!

The event welcomes Cairns Hardware as the 2013 naming-right sponsor. It is a partnership that is expected to bring great benefits to both parties. Cairns Hardware has long been a supporter of the Cardwell Barra Bonanza and the committee is delighted that they have stepped up their involvement in 2013.

This year’s event has also attracted some other great sponsors, including Teitzel’s IGA, MJM Constructions and Visy Board. The committee is delighted to have all on board, as well as some terrific prize sponsors including Tully Tackleworld. Anyone else wishing to be involved at sponsor level would be welcomed with enthusiasm by the committee and should contact Kirsty Densmore on 0413 010 625.

This is a team event with a maximum of three members per team and an ideal tournament for all the family. Juniors in particular are encouraged to take part and are eligible for prizes specifically for their age group.

Nominations are now being taken and nomination forms can be downloaded from the Barra Bonanza website: cardwellbarrabonanza.com, by emailing --e-mail address hidden-- or by calling Chris Stoter on 0429 427 590 or Kirsty Densmore on 0413 010 625. – Kirsty Densmore

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