Ren­ton stays mum on best fish­ing spots

Central and North Burnett Times - - THREE RIVERS FISHING CLASSIC - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

DON’T DO THIS AT HOME: Ren­ton Shaxt­son is hooked on fish­ing.

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