Over 120 anglers took part in the Grand Final held at Yallakool Caravan Park on BP Dam near Murgon. The series provided a relaxed environment for families and mad keen fishos alike, with a message of promoting sustainable fishing practices. Catch, photo and release made it easy for anglers to join in from boats, kayaks or the bank, and a Deadweight section was limited to one fish per species to cater for anglers who wanted to keep a fish for the table.
24 people in total took home Random Draw prizes to the value of $44000, with another $10000 worth of lucky dip prizes shared over the event, including lots of Austackle combos and lures.
With temperatures a little cooler that the scorching weekend in CFC round 3, competitors had to work a little harder for their fish during the Grand Final. Unexpected rain on Saturday caught a few people out, and there were some soggy skins heading in the ramp early, also translating to less fish recorded than round 3. Thankfully the rainbow on Saturday paved the way for a beautiful day on Sunday, and there were smiles and fish galore!
Casting and retrieving blades and Spinnerbaits accounted for many fish, with slower retrieves working best. Trolling lures around the 3– 5metres also took good numbers of Bass and Golden Perch.
Yabbies and Worms supplied by Event Sponsors Blinks Baits again proved very effective for the bait fishos.
Senior Random Prize Highlights:
When Peter Lloyd’s name was drawn for the Major Prize Random Draws, he was hoping to win a pair of Tonic Eyewear sunglasses. Instead, he walked away with a Bluefin Tournament Drifter boat package worth $25000! The Drifter, kitted out with a 90L Flowrite live well, Dunbier trailer supplied by Bluefin Boats, powered by a 30HP Mercury motor was a dream come true for Peter who fished the event in a kayak.
Donna Porter, having missed 3 rounds due to ill health had her spirits lifted when she took home the second prize in a Lowrance HDS 7 and accessories worth around $2000.
Junior Random Prize Highlights:
Lucy Stead took the main junior prize – a Bluefin Catfish tinny with a Minkota 50lb electric motor worth $2500. Along with the recent addition to the family of twin boys, they Stead family now have another boat to suit the growing family!
Hayden Townsend took ownership of the Lowrance 7 Chirp and Navionics Gold Card for second prize, valued at approx. $1400
Point Score Highlights:
Bragging rights for the competition belonged to Matthew Langford with his impressive captures of Bass and Golden Perch, with Trevor Stead in second place for the Senior Male Catch & Release category.
Caitlyn Bryant shone again, taking out Junior Female Catch & Release. Caitlyn also took second overall in points behind Mathew Langford!
The competition is expanding in 2015/16 with 3 new locations, so check the website for dates.
Overall Winner results:
Senior Female Catch & Release: Kerry Black
Senior Male Catch & Release: Matthew Langford
Junior Female Catch & Release: Caitlyn Bryant
Junior Male Catch & Release: Isaac Wright
Senior Male Deadweight: Clint Gollan
Junior Female Deadweight: Hayley Crumblin
Junior Male Deadweight: Trey Crumblin
For full results see www.countryfc.com.au
Thank you to the sponsors who contributed greatly to making this such a rich and successful event:
Austackle, Bluefin Boats, Lowrance, Tonic Eyewear, Fishing Monthly Group, BLA, RailBlaza, WIN TV, South Burnett Times/APN, South Burnett Regional Council, Browns Plains Printing, DFS Insurance, Blinks Bait, Laurie’s Painting Services, Switchbait, Lake Boondooma Caravan Park, Yallakool Caravan Park, Mingo Crossing Caravan Park.