SCIBS launches new comp
  |  First Published: May 2016

Family favourite fishing and boating guru Paul Burt has signed on as SCIBS Ambassador for the third year running and is heading up the inaugural 2016 SCIBS Live Bream Shoot Out.

The 7 News weather, beach, boating and fishing expert is one of Queensland’s most popular TV presenters and said he was thrilled that a fishing tournament was being introduced as a Boat Show fixture.

“This year’s SCIBS will feature The Boatyard, a dedicated area featuring a vast array of trailer boats, sports and angling crafts,” Paul said.

“The Shimano Super Tank will be there too with daily live demonstrations and fishing tips. The addition of the fishing tournament brings a competitive aspect to the show which will be both entertaining and educational for many visitors.”

The 2016 SCIBS Live Bream Shoot Out will be a family-friendly, winner takes all contest, held over the Saturday and Sunday of SCIBS, from May 21-22.

All entrants must have their own boat – this can be a tinnie, RIB or any kind of registered boat and each team must consist of two people. Entry fees are $50 per person, with competitors heading out at 6am anywhere from Jumpinpin to the Nerang River (bearing in mind the exclusion zones). Entrants are able to bring back a maximum of 10 fish per team in line with Fisheries Queensland daily catch limits.

Paul said the format of the tournament meant all amateur anglers were able to register, while the broader public could enjoy the spectacle of the weigh-in and release of the day’s catch.

“Competitors will return for a 1pm weigh-in each day and their fish are released into the Shimano Super Tank so everybody can see them,” Paul said.

“Then the winning team receives the $3,000 prize pool on the Sunday before the fish are released back to the water.”

The 2016 SCIBS Live Bream Shoot Out will add another element to an already diverse program of events at this year’s Show, said Paul.

“The boating lifestyle goes beyond the biggest and newest boats. It’s accessible to everybody. All around Australia, from dams and rivers to the Gold Coast canals, broadwater and ocean, it can be enjoyed with a rod and reel, or just sitting with a nice meal and a water view.”

Paul said he was thrilled to continue his involvement with SCIBS as Ambassador and host of the 2016 SCIBS Live Bream Shoot Out.

“Anybody who has a love for boating, fishing or the marine lifestyle knows SCIBS is the Show to visit when it comes to seeing the most innovative products and enjoying a great day’s entertainment,” Paul said.

Places are limited with team participation being capped at 50. For full details visit www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au .

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