Magnificent spring conditions greeted the 41 anglers as they readied themselves for the start of the 2009 Bass Fishing event of the Queensland Police and Emergency Services Games. The Police Games are held every two years so anglers were keen to get amongst some bass and vie for over $5000 in sponsored prizes and trophies.
The Qld Police, Fire and Ambulance Services, as well as the Qld Correctional Services, were represented by members and their families. Competitors came from as far as Emerald and Rockhampton to compete.
The catch and release, lure and fly only bass event got underway with anglers employing both cast and retrieve as well as trolling methods to target their fish. A total of 23 legal bass were measured and scored. Toowoomba Police Officer Brad Clark hit the lead after the first session with two bass for 860mm. Brad got his two fish by alternating between hoping Eco Gear VX45 blades and casting Smak Spinnerbaits in KS colour to the schooled Bass.
Also up for grabs was the $200 ‘Skeeter Australia’ Big Bass prize. This prize changed hands quickly in the first session with a 44cm bass, then a 45cm bass and finally a 46cm bass presented in session one by Boondall Police Officer Jason Humphris. This bass proved to be the winning bass for Jason who eventually took out the Skeeter Australia Big Bass winner’s cheque.
At the end of session three the Gold Medal went to Dave Parsons for his 6/6 limit totalling 2.15m. Thanks to the generous support of the sponsors Dave also took home a Digital Camera from Harvey Norman Toowoomba, a pair of Ugly Fish polarised sunglasses from Piranha Eyewear and a $30 voucher from Fish n Bits Toowoomba.
Silver medal winner went to Andrew Roff with a 6/6 limit totalling 2.05m. Andrew also took home an E Grell Dezignz baitcaster rod for his second place.
The Bronze medal went to Murgon Police Officer Scott Prendergast who caught his 6/6 limit totalling 1.955m by casting and retrieving the Smak Spinnerbaits and EcoGear VX blades that he won in the lucky draws. Scott also took home an Egrell Dezignz Baitcaster rod.
The Champion Female Angler title again went to Della Reeves. Della took out this title at the last games in 2007 and was up the task again this year.
Proving to be a fishing family, the title of Champion Junior Angler went to Jack Reeves who beat three other juniors for this title.
Special thanks go to Gordon Turner and Norm Williams for taking time out of their busy schedules for three days and the running the measuring and scoring part of this event. Without their help the event would not run as well as it did.
Thanks are also extended to the following event sponsors who made it possible to award the top ten anglers with prizes as well as prizes for lucky draws.
Bass to Barra Marine Kingaroy, Bassman Spinnerbaits, Barrabass Custom Rods, Clive Berghofer Group incorporating Cliff Berghofer Land Sales, Canvas Works Toowoomba, BP Reliance Petroleum, Downunder Iceboxes, Eco Gear Lures, Egrell Dezignz Rods, Fish n Bits Bait & Tackle Toowoomba, Harvey Norman Electrical Toowoomba, Queensland Fishing Monthly, Skeeter Boats Australia, TT Lures and Piranha Eyewear.
We all look forward to the next Qld Police Games to be held in 2011 and hope that we again obtain the generous support of the event sponsors.
TOP TEN ANGLERS