Nothing spoils fish fun
A FUN family weekend was promised to participants in the Mundubbera Three Rivers Fishing Classic.
And that is what was delivered.
Competitors of all ages, excellent support from local businesses, good fishing, perfect weather, toad races and live entertainment all contributed to the enjoyment of the annual fishing competition.
The increased number of bass caught this year is testament fish restocking operations are working.
But club members were reeling about the Newman State Government’s funding cuts to fish stocking.
“From what I can gather, we’re going to lose all funding,” Mundubbera Anglers Fish Stocking Association president Kyle Gleich said.
“We’re now going to have to come up with newways to raise the necessary funds to continue our restocking work.”
Competitor numbers were up on last year.
And no one allowed the news of the funding cuts to spoil the weekend.
Species caught included yellowbelly, bass, jew, spangled perch, catfish, eel and the noxious carp.
“Only two carpwere caught,” association member Barry Gleich said.
“So, that’s a good sign that numbers are still low in our area of the Burnett.”
Prizeswere awarded to those closest to the secret weight of different species and to those who caught the heaviest fish.
Last year’s competition winner Greg Green caught the biggest catfish (2.97kg) and Val Shailer’s yellowbelly weighed in at 2.32kg.
Other heaviest fish winners were Drew Hedington (bass, 1.65kg); Ken Jarvis (jew, 1.415kg); and Trevor Phillips (eel, 3.75kg).
Zane Innis was presented with the encouragement award.
The 2012 senior Mundubbera Three Rivers Fishing Classic champion was Gregory Voss and a thrilled Vaereti Benham was named junior champion.
JUNIOR WINNER: Mundubbera Three Rivers Classic Fishing Competition junior winner was Vaereti Benham. She is seen here with Wally Ford (left), who made her trophy, and fishing association president Kyle Gleich.
Many competitors at the Mundubbera Three Rivers Classic take their fishing seriously. Senior champion for 2012 was Gregory Voss, pictured with Wally Ford (left) and fishing association president Kyle Gleich.