Cabarita Beach once again welcomed avid fishing enthusiasts from across the country for the 29th annual Lions Greenback Charity Fishing Competition held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Anglers aged 5-80 signed on at 12 noon Saturday and hit the water with lines baited, with their Greenback fishing caps on, in high hopes of luring the grand prize of the heaviest tailor. Enthusiastic and exhausted entrants returned with bags of tailor, mulloway, bream, black bream, swallowtail, tarwhine, flathead, and whiting, and plenty of stories, for the official weigh-in which closed at 10am Sunday.
The Cabarita Surf Club cooked up a hearty breakfast for all entrants while they waited for the official results of the weigh-in conducted by the Pottsville Fishing Club, under the watchful eye of the NSW Department of Fisheries. With 46 categories to be selected for prizes the weigh in circle was very busy. Even if entrants didn’t win the grand prize, or totally missed out on that elusive catch, there were in excess of 40 entrants ‘lucky draw’ prizes up for grabs, including holidays donated by The Beach, Cabarita and North Coast Holiday Parks. The prize pool totalled over $30,000.
The tailor fishing competition attracted a field of over 500 anglers who competed in four divisions, Mens, Veterans, Ladies, and Juniors (under 16). Frank Ott of Banora Point won first prize for heaviest greenback, weighing in at 4.7kg, Frank took home $1500 in cash donated by the Cabarita Hotel and electrical goods valued at $500 donated by Rory Curtis, The Good Guys, South Tweed. Hoss McGrath, of Byron Bay, won second prize for his greenback catch, weighing in at 3.31kg. Hoss was also the winner of the Veteran’s division, and the Arab Memorial Trophy for the heaviest bag overall, including a mulloway weighing in at a whopping 2kg. Hoss was rewarded with $1000 sponsored by J Fowler Building Services and electrical goods to the value of $500 donated by The Good Guys. Weighing in at 13.29kg, was another mulloway, caught by Women’s Division winner Jodie Bussian of Sandstone Point, QLD.
The day was filled with entertainment from the Alderman Brothers Band, Caba Creative Market Stalls, and the Hoopla Circus. Local and visitors enjoyed the festival atmosphere and the beautiful beach location.
The massive fish auction with 120 bags of fresh fish sold, raised $3915. The Kingscliff fishing club did a fantastic job bagging and labelling the fish and the Leos and junior members of the surf lifesavers presented them on stage. Meat and seafood raffles were conducted by Tweed District Volunteer Rescue Association throughout the day. The Lions Club major raffle was drawn on the day.
The day ended with the grand lucky draw prize winner, Anthony Carroll of Ipswich, taking home the Horizon Angler boat, Yamaha Motor and Trailer package valued at over $7000 supplied by Marine Tune, Burleigh Heads.
The final tally raised from the event will be announced at the presentation night on the 28 June, and all funds raised will be donated to the Cabarita Surf Lifesaving Club, Tweed District Volunteer Rescue Association and Bogangar Public School. Students created a colourful display of fish for the schools stall and everyone enjoyed the sausage sizzle and sweet treats on offer.
The Lions Club would also like to thank our many sponsors and supporters. The Greenback would not be possible without your generous contributions and donations of prizes. Anyone interested in sponsoring next year’s event or interested in joining the Lions Club, please phone 0400157370 or email --e-mail address hidden--
We look forward to seeing an even bigger and better event next year when we celebrate thirty years of the Greenback Charity Fishing Competition at Cabarita Beach!
Greenback Division Winners
|Heaviest Tailor||Frank Ott||4.750|
|2nd Heaviest Tailor||Hoss McGrath||3.310|
|2nd Place||Chris Pilypaitis||13.30|
|3rd Place||Daniel Flemming||17.35|
|2nd Place||Natalie Reynolds||3.215|
|3rd Place||Lurline Curtis||2.720|
|2nd Place||Mark Bonnor||6.425|
|3rd Place||Errol Bonnor||4.555|
|1st Place||Harrison Tagget||4.115|
|2nd Place||Caleb McGregor||1.865|
|3rd Place||Clay Porter||2.125|
The massive fish auction with 120 bags of fresh fish sold, raised $3915.
The Men’s species division winners.Reads: 725