First woman to take out barra bash comp at dam

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

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.

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