Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition spokesman Terry Allwood says that the lake fished very well for the 2016 event with over 200 fish going through the catch and release section and 316 in the gilled and gutted section. The biggest yellowbelly weighed in at 2.25kg.
The comp attracted 835 entrants including 202 juniors. Prizes were presented at the end of each session as well as overall competition winners at the conclusion of the event.
The water level was 62% which, together with the good weather, set the scene for a great weekend of camping, fishing and family activities.
Profits from the event supplement permit funds from the Qld Government, and so far around 4.5 million fingerlings have been stocked in the lake.
The catch and release category of Longest Native targeting bass and yellowbelly was won by Mark Bleys of Proston with a 515mm bass, who took home over $300 in prizes and a trophy.
Dylan Brandley of Kingaroy put in a solid effort to walk away with the most fish (bass and yellowbelly) caught and released with a total tally of 17 fish.
The Heaviest Yellowbelly title was claimed by Bart Fraser of Bli Bli with a 2.175kg fish. Bart took home over $360 cash plus prizes and a trophy, which was sponsored by Corey and Nikki of the Lake Boondooma Kiosk.
The winner of the Heaviest Bass section sponsored by Wondai Accounting and Tax Services was Lincoln Neal of Tara with a bass of 1.75kg. Lincoln fished the lower end of the lake using bait to secure a pay cheque of $320 plus prizes and a trophy.
Hanwood Fish Hatchery Champion Junior anglers for yellowbelly were Alex Lindsay of Dalby with a yellowbelly of 2.25kg. The bass was claimed by Brady Cullinan of Toowoomba, with a bass weighing in at 1.46kg.
The 3.4m Bluefin boat was won by Nicole Kussiow, which was proudly sponsored by Lake Boondooma kiosk and Bluefin Boats.
Congratulations to all the winners and thankyou to everyone who attended and made the event such a success. With over $20,000 profit made from the weekend, the future for Lake Boondooma fishery is looking very healthy.
Next year’s comp will be held on 11-12 February. Entry costs will remain at $20 for adults and $5 for juniors aged 16 years and under.
The ongoing support of our many generous sponsors ensured that a wide range of prizes and lucky draws were available for all competitors giving away over $25,000 worth of cash and prizes.
Food and drinks stalls were provided by local community groups and the great camping facilities provided by the South Burnett Regional Council was put to great use for campers staying at the lake.
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