Renton stays mum on best fishing spots
WITH hundreds of anglers coming to Mundubbera for the fishing competition of the year, Renton Shaxtson is tight-lipped about his special spots in the river system.
Shaxtson has been fishing the three rivers since he was eight-years-old – from his calculations, for 22 years.
“I have been in the Burnett all my life and fishing is what floats my boat,” Shaxtson said.
“My uncles taught me how to catch fish when I was a nipper.
“They taught me when to fish, where to fish and how to fish.”
Shaxtson likes to fish at Cania Gorge National Park, and travels up there when he gets the chance.
Renton Shaxtson ...I have been doing real well over the past few days leading up to the competition on the weekend.
The Mundubbera Fishing Club has been running since 1992 and the annual Three Rivers Fishing Classic has attracted up to 300 entries.
Shaxtson’s tip for out of towner competitors is early morning and late afternoon is the best time to fish, and live bait is the best way to go.
“I get my bait from the Boyne River by setting shrimp pots and I have been doing real well over the past few days leading up to the competition on the weekend,” he said.
“I also have a fair stock of lures and plastics that I try on most days out.
“The way fish bite varies on any given day, and if you aren’t catching fish one way, you will probably catch that big one if you try something different.”
Shaxtson and the Mundubbera Fishing Club would like to see big numbers at this weekend’s fishing competition.
Juniors have made up about one third of participants in past years, and the club is keen to see more young people get involved in the event.
DON’T DO THIS AT HOME: Renton Shaxtson is hooked on fishing.