Stanage Bay Competition lands some winners
  |  First Published: June 2008

The usual population of 55 permanent residents in the coastal town of Stanage Bay swelled to nearly 600 for the annual Shirley Gimm fishing competition held recently.

While not all the visitors entered the fishing competition, event co-ordinator Maree Haynes said more than 180 competed and 198 fish were weighed in.

Ms Haynes said Central Queensland businesses and organisations sponsored the competition and more than $20,000 worth of prizes and cash were up for grabs in 43 different categories.

Thousands of dollars are raised annually during the fishing competition and money raised goes back into local community organisations including the Thirsty Sound Coastguard.

Although the weather did not allow the smaller boats to fish along the coast, there were still plenty of estuary fish and crabs caught. Anglers in the larger vessels that ventured outside landed a variety of excellent fish.

Senior winner of the heaviest fish award was Jan Raudenheimer with a 7.425kg trevally while Rod Franklin was runner-up with a 6.670kg cod.

Dale Bates took out the Auriel Tucker Memorial shield for most species caught by a senior, which included grunter, salmon, coral trout, gar, parrot fish and railway perch.

Heaviest fish landed in the junior section was a 2.83kg parrotfish caught by Matthew Milner closely followed by Dylan Cawte with a 2.58kg cod. Dylan also took out the most species award in the juniors with nine different fish.

Long-time resident and professional fisherman Phillip Mitchell won the ever-popular crab-tying, tying two crabs in 53 seconds, while Karen White tied one crab in merely 22 seconds.

Ms Haynes said despite record rainfall several weeks earlier and rough road conditions the fishing competition committee and locals had been well pleased with the roll up.

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