World’s best netted
FISHING fanatics will see the allure of the North Burnett thanks to a major angling competition.
World class anglers were wetting a line at the weekend and their antics will be beamed around the world to massive television and magazine audiences.
CANIA Dam in Monto came alive last weekend, with four of the world’s best anglers including Japan’s Takuma Hata, chasing the biggest Australian bass.
The Australian Fishing Championships Series XII was held at Cania over four days of intense angling.
Four of the best bass anglers in Australia and Japan took to the water over six sessions involving 18 hours of fishing.
Representing Team Hobie was Richard Somerton, from Victoria, and Jonathon Chen, from Canberra.
They were up against Team BCF’s Dean Silvestor, from Brisbane, and Takuma Hata, from Osaka, Japan.
Dean is the reigning AFC Champion while Takuma is one of the most famous Japanese anglers, who spends most of the year in the US fishing the lucrative tournament scene.
Chairman of Australian Fishing Championships Michael Harris said the series would be broadcast on the Nine Network and Fox Sports and was the absolute pinnacle of fishing in Australia.
“A testament to this is that it is broadcast into over 750 million homes internationally across 14 countries, including China and Japan,” he said.
The estimated economic impact to the local Monto and Cania communities is about $500,000.
Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism general manager Rick Matkowski said this major fishing event was significant to the North Burnett in terms of exposure globally.
“There was a crew of around 24 involved in staging the event who stayed in Monto and at Cania and the Monto CWA did a great job catering for the crew over all of those days,” he said.
“The domestic and international exposure for Lake Cania and the North Burnett is in the millions of dollars, priceless to the North Burnett. There was a joint investment by the North Burnett Regional Council and Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism to bring this event to the region.”
WETTING A LINE: Team BCF – Dean Silvestor and Takuma Hata – lands an Australian bass.
JAPAN'S BEST: Takuma Hata holds up a morning's catch.