Noth­ing spoils fish fun

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

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.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

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.

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