The 20th Annual Dartmouth Cup Yamaha Fishing Classic has been run and won with all competitors having an absolute ball on the stunning Lake Dartmouth in Victoria’s high country.
The weather over the weekend was spectacular with a small amount of rain late on Saturday. With 500 entrants, including children, many chose to camp out on the lake for the weekend, coming in to weigh their fish at the boat ramp weigh station on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
This year there were three boats up for grabs. Thirty-nine clubs and teams entered the competition for the Ian Clifford Memorial Club/Team Championship. We were privileged to have Kath Clifford on the night to present her husband’s memorial award to the winning club, Team Pisswreck. Although many said the fishing was hard, there were over 800 trout weighed in.
The winner of the Major Prize was Andrew De Vries from Baranduda who won a Stacer 399 Proline BMC Deluxe with a Yamaha 25hp NMHL 2-stroke outboard with a Stacer Sports Trailer. Second prize, a Stacer 359 Proline Car Topper was won by Peter McEwen from Warnambool. The third boat in the Dartmouth Cup Yamaha Fishing Classic Raffle was a Stacer 399 Proline BMC Deluxe, Yamaha Motor 15hp 2-Stroke outboard on a Stacer Sports Trailer with alloy wheels was won by J & L Hole from Albury
Steven Mitreski weighed in a 1.465g brown trout winning the biggest brown trout on Sunday. Tim Hales weighed in a 1.080kg rainbow trout winning the biggest rainbow trout in Sunday. Dean O’Keefe weighed in a 1.190kg live brown trout winning the biggest live weight on Saturday.
Many other great trout were caught over the weekend and many other great prizes were won with over $55,000 in prizes and sponsorship. A big thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers who made the weekend successful. – DCYFCReads: 1220