Great family fun at Burrinjuck Convention
  |  First Published: January 2016

The Canberra Fisherman’s Club hosted the 41st ANSA Burrinjuck Convention on 6-8 November 2015. Burrinjuck Waters State Park on the shores of Lake Burrinjuck, (330km southwest of Sydney and 110km from Canberra), was where 169 anglers from 12 fishing clubs gathered for the annual convention.

Heavy rains up to 55mm drenched Burrinjuck in the week leading up to the Convention. The rain continued to fall up to Friday 6 November, 2015. By early Saturday morning, anglers were greeted with clear blue skies and flat seas.

The number of fish caught over the weekend was up compared to last year, with 232 European carp, 48 golden perch, and 38 redfin perch. Most of the golden perch were released unharmed after being weighed.

Chris Stolk put in a strong effort and claimed four trophies for the Wollongong Sportsfishing Club. He weighed in a massive 19kg of carp, the biggest, a whopping 5.61kg that earned him the trophies for Heaviest Carp Senior, Highest Point Scoring Carp (Adult Male), Highest Point Scoring Fish – Flycasting. Chris also won the Rangers Trophy for Highest Aggregate Points. His sister, Kimberley Stolk, also claimed the trophy for Highest Point Scoring Carp (Adult Female) for a 4.3kg carp. Gordon Jobson claimed the Trophy for Highest Point Scoring Fish – Lurecasting, taking the Wollongong Sportsfishing Club’s trophy count to five.

Tyler Robinson from Happy Hookers Sportsfishing Club took out the trophies for Heaviest Carp Junior and Highest Point Scoring Carp (Junior Boy) with his 4.42kg carp. Ty Schneider’s 1.23kg golden perch took out the Heaviest Native Junior Trophy while Grant Hartley of Ocean Beach Hotel Fishing Club’s 3.28kg golden perch took out the trophies for Heaviest Native Senior and Highest Point Scoring Native – Senior. Also from Ocean Beach Hotel Fishing Club, Angelina Bandulet won the Native Catch and Release Trophy after catching and releasing 1290mm of golden perch. Ann Gerard of the Sea Bees Boating Club took out the Heaviest Redfin Perch Trophy with a 0.46kg redfin perch.

However, the weekend belonged to the Botany Bay Sportsfishing Club. Douglas White’s 0.3kg redfin perch won him the Heaviest Redfin Perch Trophy. Cameron Addis won the Junior Mystery Weight Prize. The Stathakis/Windon Family weighed in 40 fish to take out the Champion Family prize. Rachel Camilleri won the Highest Point Scoring Carp – Junior Girl with her 3.86kg carp and Breanna Busuttil won the Highest Point Scoring Native with her 0.88kg golden perch.

As always, the fight for the Champion Club was closely fought between Wollongong Sportsfishing Club and the Botany Bay Sportsfishing Club. In the end, Botany Bay Sportsfishing Club claimed the trophy with 42 points, followed closely by Wollongong Sportsfishing Club with 34 points, Happy Hookers Sportsfishing Club claimed 3rd place with 9 points, and Ocean Beach Hotel Fishing Club in 4th place with 5 points.

Once again, there was strong participation by the junior anglers at the Burrinjuck Convention. They weighed in an average of 3.5 fish each, compared with the adults who weighed in an average of 1.6 fish each. The junior anglers represent the future leaders of our clubs and the fishing community. It’s pleasing to see junior anglers get ‘hooked on fishing’ at events such as the Burrinjuck Convention.

The Canberra Fisherman’s Club executive and members would like to thank all our sponsors including Tackle World Canberra and Fishing Monthly Magazine who helped make this event successful. Without the sponsors this event would not be able to run. The Club looks forward to hosting its 42nd ANSA Burrinjuck Convention in 2016. – Anthony Heiser


Adam Camilleri holding Rachel's 3.86kg trophy winning carp.


Tyler Robinson from the Happy Hookers club with an impressive 4.42kg carp.


Kimberley Stolk of the Wollongong Sportsfishing Club and her 4.3kg carp.

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