|  First Published: June 2010

April 11, 2010 saw the successful close to the second annual Pirtek Fishing Challenge. This unique event is aimed at combining fishing, family and fundraising – fight a fish to fight prostate cancer.

Over 2500 anglers from all over Australia competed in the one-day event from 6 am to 6pm. The challenge was a catch and release tournament with a twist; competitors had to wait until the night before the event to find out their State’s target species.

After photographing their prized catch for the day, anglers uploaded the photo for judging. Fish that stretched the longest across the brag mat would be in contention for a share of the $110,000 in cash and prizes. Pirtek Fluid Systems injected an incredible $70,000 cash ($4,000 for each longest target fish) along with Evinrude, Berkley and Lowrance supplying the junior, second and third prizes.

Winners were announced on radio 2GB’s The Fishing Show on 17 April and via the website.

This year you didn’t even have to fish to win big. The Nissan/LG Major Prize Draw saw two lucky entrants take home terrific prizes. Byron Betts from Queensland will be enjoying a 5 night ski holiday at Hotham Alpine Resort courtesy of Nissan Australia; and Heath Montgomery from NSW will be watching all his favourite fishing shows on a brand new 50” LG plasma TV and home theatre system.

The JVC Club Challenge saw intense competition in some States with only one or two points separating clubs for first place honours. The winning clubs were: NSW/ACT: Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club and Big Catch Social Fishing Club; NT: RAAF Darwin Fishing Club; QLD: Mt Isa Fish Stocking Group; SA: Steel City Sports Fishing Club; TAS: The Silverbacks; VIC: Brighton Central Angling Club; WA: Nicol Bay Sportfishing Club.

Michael Guest who directed the competition on Pirtek’s behalf commented, “2500 anglers all fishing on the one day and then uploading their catch photos made for interesting viewing. It was great to see the juniors get amongst some fantastic fish, hats off to Pirtek and our associate sponsors for once again supporting this great event.”

Weather conditions were contrasting on the day. Lightning storms in Tasmania and windy weather in Victoria; South Australia had tough fishing conditions but the rest of Australia seemed to fare much better. Once again family teams had a lot of success winning senior and junior divisions in some of the target species.

Pirtek Fluid Systems General Manager, Steve Dutton has been excited by the company’s involvement in an

event that encompasses so much of the community. He commented, “We were delighted to see the participation rate increase this year by 30% allowing us to continue in our goal of raising funds and the profile of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

“100% of every angler’s registration fee will go directly to the PCFA to further support research and awareness programs. Pirtek and our franchisees would like to thank everyone who participated and are looking forward to hosting the Challenge in 2011.” – Pirtek

StatePlaceSpeciesWinnerLength (cm)

NSW/ACT1stTailorIan Phillips71.50

2nd TailorAndrew Mainey63.70
3rd TailorSteve Shelley 60.00
Junior TailorRyan Kennedy 54.00

NSW/ACT1stSand Whiting Peter Hotz 45.90

2ndSand WhitingDavid Potts43.30

3rdSand WhitingDarryl McKinnon42.90

JuniorSand WhitingWyatt North40.00
NSW/CT1st Flathead Thomas Evans 84.00
2nd Flathead Adrian Barrett 72.20

3rdFlathead Wayne Reid 72.00

Junior Flathead Aaron King 69.90
NSW/ACT1st Golden Perch/YellowbellyTim Booby52.10
2nd Golden Perch/Yellowbelly Kieran O'Loughlin51.90

3rdGolden Perch/Yellowbelly Wayne Mee 51.00

JuniorGolden Perch/Yellowbelly Mitchell Fitzgerald48.10
StatePlaceSpeciesWinnerLength (cm)
QLD1st Flathead Gary O'Bryan88.10
2nd Flathead Greg Stark 87.20
3rd Flathead Chris McCurdy 87.10
JuniorFlathead Jarrod O'Bryan80.00
QLD1st Bass Jamie Hedger 51.30
2nd Bass Anthony Bull 45.00
3rd Bass Craige Floyd 42.30
Junior Bass Tiarna O'Rourke 44.00
QLD1st Blue/Threadfin Salmon David Blank 83.20
2nd Blue/Threadfin Salmon Nicholas Brooks 72.00
3rd Blue/Threadfin Salmon Brad Messinbird 61.80
Junior Blue/Threadfin Salmon Will French 46.40
StatePlaceSpeciesWinnerLength (cm)
TAS 1st Silver Trevally Michael Haley 62.80

2ndSilver Trevally Brendan Turriff 51.90

3rd Silver Trevally Mason Paull 50.00
Junior Silver Trevally Bryan van Wyk 53.00
VIC 1st Flathead Leigh Appleyard 78.80
2nd Flathead Brian Moran 50.80

3rdFlathead Kirk Lawrence 45.60

Junior Flathead Lachlan Fenner 51.20
VIC1st Australian Salmon Leigh McVeigh 63.80
2nd Australian Salmon Ryan Ware 56.30
3rd Australian Salmon Shane Cox 55.10
Junior Australian Salmon Kai Mayer 50.20
VIC1st Golden Perch/Yellowbelly Jacob Crow 52.20
2nd Golden Perch/Yellowbelly Peter Read 31.80
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