The Crime Stoppers Family Fishing Competition 2004, held at Wivenhoe Dam on the weekend of November 13-14, and was hailed a great success.
30 competitors fished the two days, with a huge number of fork-tail catfish taken on lures. Three bass were caught in hard conditions. The competition winner was Garry Fitzgerald, President of the Somerset and Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Association (SWSFA). Garry’s 32cm bass earned him a high quality six-piece Talon flyfishing rod and reel and other fishing accessories. Dale Sinclair was Runner-up with a 31cm bass.
Every competitor went home with great prizes, and all enjoyed the free BBQ on the Saturday night, with plenty of festive drinks and good yarns.
"All monies raised will be donated to Crime Stoppers, Police Legacy and the Somerset and Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Association,” said Sergeant Jason Crowther of Lowood Police. “The weekend competition was a great success. It bought people to the Esk Shire who had lived in Brisbane all their lives and never experienced the beauty of the Brisbane Valley and Lake Wivenhoe.
"The competition would not have been as successful without the assistance of SWFSA, SEQ Water, Esk Shire Council, Lowood State Emergency Service and the major sponsors of Ipswich Bait and Tackle, Fernvale Thrifty Link Hardware, MTC Borallon Correctional Centre, and Gatton Home Brew Camping and Fishing". – CSFFC
Winner Garry Fitzgerald being presented with prizes from Sergeant Jason Crowther, the Officer in Charge of Lowood Police, and Judith Lipp, the President of the Lockyer Crime Stoppers.Reads: 648