Big Barra Bash in Burketown
  |  First Published: March 2003

THE 27th Annual World Barramundi Fishing Championships will be held in Burketown over the Easter Weekend of April 17 – 20, with all funds raised donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and other local community organisations.

There are 20 categories, including both adult and junior sections, with over $10,000 in cash and prizes, including a lucky door prize of a 3.8-metre tinny with motor and trailer. Nominations for the competition open at 6pm on Thursday April 17, and the competition will close at noon on Sunday April 20. Nightly entertainment with food and bar facilities will be provided at the Shire Hall, culminating with the prize presentation on Sunday night.

Fishing is restricted to the Albert River from upstream of Burketown to the mouth at the Gulf. This represents over 50km of pristine waterway that holds barra, jew, salmon, grunter and fingermark, to name a few.

There’s accommodation to suit everyone, and camp sites along the banks of the Albert River. There are also local hire boat and charter boat operators who are happy to help competitors who don’t own their own vessel.

Entry fees are $25 for adults, $10 for children and $50 for families (two adults, two children). For more information phone Garry Jeffries on 0418 711 734 or Hector Heumiller on (07) 4748 5577. – Burketown Barramundi Fishing Organisation.

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