There was an excellent turnout for the eighteenth Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition. A total of 405 competitors, including 56 juniors, weighed in 143 fish.
This was an excellent result, as fishing conditions were impacted by the inflow of water into the lake. The water level increased from 13% a week prior to the competition to 49% during the last fishing session on the Sunday. However, good weather conditions set the scene for a great weekend of camping, fishing and family activities. The best session was from 5am Sunday morning with 69 fish weighed in.
Anglers, Steven Brooker of Miles took out the Buccaneers Heaviest Yellowbelly at 1.115kg, and Kathleen Elliott of Proston, won the Bank of Queensland, Wondai Branch Heaviest Australian Bass at 0.960kg.
The Hanwood Fish Farm Champion Junior Angler was awarded to Zack Liverton of Bundaberg who weighed-in a 0.810kg Australian bass (no junior angler weighed-in a yellowbelly).
Major prize winning draws for yellowbelly, Australian bass, silver perch, jew and spangled perch were won by Kath Hollingsworth of Toowoomba; Graham Kelly of Oakey; Barry Geary of Gympie, Dudley Munt of Haden, and Shaun Manthey of Proston.
Huston Ford and Ransen Timber Company sponsored the winner and runner up prizes in the junior section and Allround Angler of Caboolture sponsored runner up prizes in the adult section. Sponsorship by South Burnett Times and CrowFM also ensured the event was widely publicised in the local area.
Major sponsors of the competition included Wondai Shire Council, Carsburg Grains, Handy Hire, Wondai IGA, Leon Harris Motor Trimming, Kingaroy Mower Centre, Kingaroy Canvas and Camping, Buccaneers, Eva Kool Ice Boxes, Auzland Homes, Dean Chesterton Homes, Tarong Energy, Kingaroy Great Outdoors and Marine, Ergon Energy, Golden Spurs Hotel, Reliance Petroleum, Tingoora Hotel, Woolworths, Hivesville Hotel, Carrollee Hotel, South Queensland Charter Services, Bass to Barra Marine and Smak Lures, Bob Jane T Mart, Wondai Post Office, Jim Hayne Real Estate, Barambah Business Services, Proston Country Bus Service, Smithfield Feedlot, and Wondai plumbing and Hardware.
The event provided a boost to the local economy with over 1000 campers enjoying the great facilities provided by Wondai Shire Council at Lake Boondooma. Many of the campers were extending their stay in the area to visit other tourist attractions including Boondooma Homestead, the Wondai Timber Museum, local wineries and the many other attractions in the local area.
The Boondooma Dam Fish Stocking and Management Association Inc, the Proston Local Ambulance Committee, and the Proston Lions Club would like to thank all competitors and our many sponsors for their continued support.
The 2009 competition will be held on the 7 and 8 February 2009. For more information contact John Burow on (07) 4169 0876 Mobile 0427 112477 Email – --e-mail address hidden-- . – Boondooma Fish Stocking Assoc.Reads: 1010