After a brief layoff the Echuca Moama RSL & Citizens Club Fishing Classic was back again much to the delight of the many anglers who had previously competed in this competition, as well as the many newcomers.
This year’s competition was held over the weekend of March 28-29. The weekend kicks off on the Friday night with registrations held at the Echuca Moama RSL & Citizens Club. After registration, there is a raffle draw with $7,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. On the Saturday night there is another raffle with $5,000 worth of prizes, as well as a boat, motor and trailer package valued at $5,000.
The event was held in glorious autumn conditions that brought forward 700 registered anglers from all over Victoria and NSW to try their luck. The mighty Murray cod was the target of choice for most anglers and even though many were caught getting that magical 60cm fish made it a bit harder. Overall, 27 legal cod were caught, 53 golden perch, 566 carp and one redfin, with all natives caught and released. Anglers who caught and released a legal native went into the draw for a boat, motor and trailer package valued at $6,000.
The event was well supported with celebrities; Kaj ‘Bushy’ Busch, Paul Worsteling from the TV show I Fish and Shane Dyason all representing Evinrude BRP. And the team at the club cannot be commended highly enough for the effort that they put into this weekend.
The club offers fantastic facilities that cater for all needs. The Bistro meals in the club are of exceptional quality, are reasonably priced and the service is prompt. There is also a snack bar for those not wanting a large meal as well as an area to watch the football in a great sports lounge with huge TV screens.
Next year the competition will be held on March 12-14 so make sure you add it to your calendar.
|Senior Lucky Draws (Native fish)||Rodney Beer (Ballarat), Darren Scurlock (Werribee), Leslie Booth (Deniliquin), Paddy Byrne (Irymple)|
|Junior Lucky Draws (Native fish)||Jack Phyland (Numurkah), Nathan Beer (Ballarat), Cassie Beer (Ballarat), Jayden Armstrong (Echuca), Joshua Beer (Ballarat)|
|Redfin Lucky Draw||Greg Heywood|
|Carp Lucky Draw Senior||Brendan Plant|
|Carp Lucky Draw Junior||Jacob Thomas|
|Major Prize Boat/Motor Trailer Package||John Griminson (Beveridge)|
|Big Boat Give-away||Trevor Fox (Portland)|
|Early Bird Bonus Draw||Terry Norbeck (Lara)|
|Lure Wall||Nathan Delmenico (Katandra)|
|Foyer Raffle||Sam Curran (Portland)|