First woman to take out barra bash comp at dam
LOCAL Cannonvale resident Debbie Smith was the first woman to win the Whitsunday Game Fish Club’s barra bash on the weekend, with a 111cm fish she caught at the Peter Faust Dam.
35 keen anglers, including men, women and children from the Whitsundays, Mackay and Townsville, headed to Camp Kanga for the weekend to compete in the second barra bash for 2013, with about 12 fish caught and released overall.
Ms Smith, who only joined the game fish club this year, caught three impressive fish, with the winning fish at 111cm the second biggest caught in the tournament’s history.
Whitsunday Game Fish Club president Ash Warland congratulated Ms Smith and said it was a great weekend, with everyone enjoying the friendly rivalry between the Mackay, Townsville and Whitsunday clubs. While the Whitsunday club won the tournament title again, the crew from Townsville beat them on the pitch in the inter-club cricket match that takes place at every barra bash, after the locals had to bat on a wet pitch when a storm passed over.
The club also celebrated their end of year break-up with Santa and his elf paying a special visit to Camp Kanga on Saturday afternoon.
BARRA TIME: Whitsunday resident Lee Southern with a 90cm barra he caught in the barra bash competition on the weekend.