The Kingaroy Sportfishing Club’s Golden Lure, held on November 5-6, has confirmed its place amongst Australia’s top catch and release tournaments with a record 2,160 fish caught.
A field of 123 anglers in 59 teams, from as far a field as Victoria, caught and released an average of more than 17 fish each for the weekend.
It was the Cyclone Spinnerbaits pairing of Goombungee’s Bob Town and Samford’s Cameron Bettany who stole the show though.
The 2004 champions bettered their record 38.67m of fish from last year with an astonishing total of 43.55m to win the North Coast Boating Centre Champion Team Trophy. They were about 13m clear of their nearest rivals, team Evakool’s Matthew and Monique Mott of Murgon, on 30.57m who took out their own award, the Yallakool Café and Tackle Runner Up Team Trophy.
The Cyclone Spinnerbaits team now get their names on the perpetual shield and also won custom Evakool Iceboxes. The second and third placed teams both received rod and reel combos kindly provided by Daiwa.
The winning pair caught and released 110 fish in the allowed 16 hours of the competition with an average size of close to 40cm per fish.
Town and Bettany also fought it out for individual honours, with Town winning the Yallakool Tourist Park Champion Angler Trophy after compiling an impressive 22.04m of fish to edge out Bettany by just 53cm. Town will have the distinction of getting his name on the perpetual shield whilst Bettany got to take home a trophy sponsored by Baileys Mechanical of Nanango.
Kingaroy’s Thomas Herbohn and Wooroolin’s Brett Turner of team Didyabringabeeralong helped fly the flag for the local brigade with 30.05m of fish to finish in third place. Herbohn secured 18.45m of fish for the weekend but was edged out of third place in the individual standings by Toowoomba’s Trevor Stead on 18.61m.
Burpengary’s Zack McKay was king of the kids, landing 14.38m of fish to win the Bass to Barra Marine sponsored individual junior division.
However, South Burnett anglers dominated the rest of the junior division claiming five of the next six placings.
Murgon’s Monique Mott finished second on 13.85m of fish to take home the Kingaroy Caravans Runner Up Trophy with Kingaroy’s John Davies Jnr third on 11.63m and Murgon’s Dylan Mott finished fifth on 6.23m.
Trolling was the method of choice for the competition with even the most ardent exponents of cast and retrieve resorting to the more relaxing approach.
As tends to be the case in this day and age, Jackall lipless minnows were the most successful lures used, in both soft and hard variants. Good numbers of fish also fell to trolled spinnerbaits.
Junior angler Mark Ward received the BP Dam Fish Management Committee Longest Golden Perch trophy for the 53cm golden perch he caught on Saturday morning. Jaimen Tunstall won the BP Dam Fish Management Committee Longest Australian bass trophy with a 52cm Australian bass.
|1||CYCLONE SPINNERBAITS||Bob Town/Cameron Bettany||43.55|
|2||TEAM EVAKOOL||Matthew Mott/Monique Mott||30.57|
|3||DIDYABRINGABEERALONG||Thomas Herbohn/Brett Turner||30.05|
|4||BASS TO THE BONE||Kevin Jones/Dane Scott||28.19|
|5||HERVEY BAY FISHING CHARTERS||Ken Radunz/Glen Radunz||27.07|
|1||CYCLONE SPINNERBAITS||Bob Town||22.04|
|2||CYCLONE SPINNERBAITS||Cameron Bettany||21.51|
|3||TEAM DAIWA||Trevor Stead||18.60|
|5||TEAM EVAKOOL||Matthew Mott||16.72|
|1||BASS N ABOUT||Zack McKay||14.38|
|2||TEAM EVAKOOL||Monique Mott||13.85|
|3||BASS TO BARRA MARINE||John Davies Jnr||11.63|
|4||WATER SKIERS WAREHOUSE||Tristen Clark||11.57|
|5||SMAK PRO SELECT||Dylan Mott||6.23|