Mission Beach hosts first Steven Foster Memorial event
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,