The competition this year began with some momentary apprehension with the Caloundra Coast Guard agreeing at the last minute to run the competition. They miraculously put this great competition together in only three weeks and to everybody’s amazement pulled it off without a hitch.
Over 170 individual entries were received all trying to test their skills in the hope to win one of the many prizes on offer from a large and generous group of sponsors. The Caloundra Coast Guard admitted they were new to such big events, but they really did an honest job and remained friendly and inviting to all competitors and sponsors throughout the tournament.
The weather was not very encouraging offshore on Friday but it did improve by Saturday morning, allowing some good catches of snapper and mixed reefies. One of the days most impressive catches was a nice 14kg cobia that was weighed in on that afternoon. The same angler Rodney Thompson was able to produce the goods and take out his third consecutive snapper title with a good fish weighing in at 8.11kg.
Big waves and short sets hampered fishing comfort on Saturday night so most fishermen motored in around the Coffee Rock close to the northern tip of Bribie Island. We have recently reported some terrific catches of fish in the area but as Murphy’s Law would have it, there was little on offer during the competition.
The species table was broken down into two sections for the tournament, estuary and offshore. The estuary section saw a nice bream over 1kg win the prize. The catch and release side of the competition was a huge success with 95% of fish captured then released back to fight another day. The idea of live weigh-in has certainly changed the face of tournaments for the better.
Overall with such a short time period to produce the goods the Caloundra Coast Guard would like to thank all sponsors that continue to support the Shane Stewart Memorial Fishing Competition.
The Caloundra Coast Guard did a remarkable job and look forward to the support of anglers for next years event and with the bugs ironed out they should put on a corker now that they have the experience.
Caloundra Coast Guard would like to thank sponsors Micks Meat Barn, Caloundra Power Boat Fishing Club, Caloundra Cruises, Kawana Bait & Tackle, Suncoast Trophies, Corbould Park Racecourse, Swan Boat Hire, Mark Waters Trophies, Buderim Butchery, Complete Automotive, Australian Temporary Fencing, Lang’s Building Supplies, Pelican Waters Lawn mowing, Noosa Bluewater Charters for their continuing support to the Shane Stewart Memorial Fishing Competition. - Brad McKendrick
Best Individual Species Fish:
Pearl Perch 2.702kg