Fifty-three keen anglers attended the 2004 Aussie Fishing Park Barra Classic on December 4 at Bli Bli, enjoying perfect conditions after a week of rain.
Competitors spent the day testing their skills against the formidable barramundi, using every tactic in the book to bag one of the many prizes and trophies on offer. Anglers also had the opportunity to fish the very large Mixed Species Pond to see what was on offer. Some kilo bream and cod readily hit the baits provided, and the occasional soft plastic. The Supertank allowed anglers to view their catches throughout the tournament.
The aim of the day was to catch and release as many barra as possible and have the longest overall length once the fish sizes were added up. The competition was open to adults and children with all the competitors using a variety of methods which included, live herring, soft plastics, pellets and lures to catch the barra. Reports indicate that the most successful method on the day was for those who used the live bait and lures.
The competition was a huge success with over 30 barramundi being caught and measured along with other fish from the mixed species pond. The competition is an annual event and will take place again next year on the first Saturday, the 3rd of December 2005. Competitors just rock up and enter on the day.
Proceeds from the competition aided the Sport and Leisure for the Handicapped Assoc. RAD Inc and $800.00 was raised which should ensure a lot of handicapped children will be able to enjoy a days fishing out in a boat, something we all take for granted.
The major sponsors of the competition helped to make it a great day, so special thanks to these businesses and individuals who donated prices, gave their time and experience and promoted the event. These are Downunder Five Star Coolers, Caloundra Fishing World, Swan Boat Hire, Super Tank Show, 91.1 HOT FM, Tru Turn Hooks, Australia Zoo and Fishabout Australia.
For further details on the competition contact Aussie Fishing Park on (07) 5448 7514 or visit their web site www.aussiefishingpark.comand take a look at the photos. – Brad McKendrick
|1st||Nigel Hagley 6.39m of fish|
|2nd||Dave Clarke 2.33m|
|3rd||John Davies 2.18m|
|1st||Nathan Crook 1.51m of fish|
|2nd||Matt Glass 1.09m|
|3rd||Jake Crabbe 1.03m|
1. Junior angler winner Nathan Crook.
2. Manager of Aussie Fishing World Mark Scheimer presents the trophies.