Mis­sion Beach hosts first Steven Foster Me­mo­rial event

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Hay­den Smith

PATIENCE paid off on Sun­day as an­glers young and old cast lines to re­mem­ber a fish­ing-mad, pop­u­lar Far North lar­rikin.

More than 30 peo­ple braved tough weather con­di­tions at the in­au­gu­ral Steve Foster Me­mo­rial Fish­ing Tour­na­ment, held at Mis­sion Beach.

The event was a trib­ute to lo­cal man Steve “Fozzy” Foster, who in Fe­bru­ary died while div­ing at a ship­wreck.

Mr Foster’s part­ner, Nancy Lowe, said the tour­na­ment had been held in a good spirit and she ex­pected it to be­come an an­nual event.

“Fozzy would have been so chuffed, es­pe­cially be­cause there was such a great mix of peo­ple who were tak­ing part,” she said.

“We were in the boat and yelling out – ‘Fozzy, we are here be­cause of you so please put some­thing on the end of our lines!’”

Ethan Leptig, 7, caught this 11.2kg Span­ish mack­erel at the in­au­gu­ral Steven Foster Me­mo­rial Fish­ing Tour­na­ment.

De­spite the un­favourable weather, Mis­sion Beach Game Fish­ing Club sec­re­tary Bar­bara Leptig said an­glers landed several im­pres­sive fish.

Cairns’ Ryan Beh won the Steve Foster Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for Cham­pion An­gler while 7- year-old Ethan Leptig also earned ac­co­lades for reel­ing in an 11.2kg span­ish mack­erel.

“Young Ethan was hav­ing a bit of trou­ble.

“He al­most gave up on the fish, but luck­ily he stuck with it,” Mrs Leptig said.

“The an­glers who per­se­vered in tough con­di­tions caught some re­ally nice fish.”

Ethan Leptig, 7,

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