World’s best net­ted

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WET­TING A LINE: Team BCF – Dean Sil­vestor and Takuma Hata – lands an Aus­tralian bass.

PHO­TOS: NOEL THOMP­SON

JA­PAN'S BEST: Takuma Hata holds up a morn­ing's catch.

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