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Moondarra’s Barra on the Bite for Isa’s Fishing Classic

26 October 2014 • Media Release   
 
The action of the 2014 Clancy Corporation Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic has wrapped up with the revised 2 day format deemed a success and the Outback Barra ON THE BITE!

With ‘low lake levels’ and ‘possible boating restrictions’ looming over organisers heads throughout the lead up; fine and sunny weather conditions saw Event Manager Steve Farnsworth of the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group pleasantly surprised with spectator, competitor and catch numbers.

“With the need to reformat the event this year we knew some of our numbers, especially out of town competitors may be down. But we were in fact quiet chuffed with how the whole event went with 260 competitors nominating; some from as far away as South Headland, Western Australia and Goondiwindi in the far South of Queensland” he said.

“The lower lake levels in fact played to the advantage of the anglers, with warmer than average water temperatures seeing 185 fish weighed in over the 23 hours of fishing; including 15 Barramundi, the highest recorded number since 2007”.

“The fish weighed in were of really great quality; some were absolute whoppers like Lucas Menzel’s 99.8cm and 11.96kg Barramundi weighed in at approximately 8:30am Saturday”.

The prize on everyone’s lips, the must be won $5,000 for the Mount Isa Water Board Mystery Weight Barra went home with junior angler Nicholas Oltvanji for his first ever Barra catch weighing in at 5.3kg; the closest to the special pre-selected weight.

Other major category winners included Lucas Menzel snagging the prestigious title of the Overall Heaviest Barramundi with his 11.96kg specimen, Chris Kirikos taking out the Champion Senior Angler and Andrew Knight the hotly contested Champion Junior Angler title.

Vince Butcher won the lucky senior nomination prize of a Skytrans flight package and Irene Baillie took out the Lucky Gate Prize consisting of a $500 Brogden’s Furniture Court gift voucher.

For those who stayed on the shore the entertainment schedule saw “Team Kava” take out the Buffs Club Beach Volleyball Competition, the Mount Isa Mines Dragon Slayers take out the Commerce North West Dragon Boat Regatta and the crowds enjoy live music, exhibits, stalls and children’s activities such as the jumping castle, yabby races and casting competitions.

The GE Mining Fireworks Spectacular was once again a huge hit; with crowds of hundreds lining the shores to see what was referred to as the most amazing display ever seen at the event, lasting over ten minutes and including some amazing special effects that lit up the natural amphitheatre and mirror like waters.

For the second year running campers were also treated to hot and cold showers at the main competition site; proving popular with the weekend’s warm weather.

For the full list of winners and results from the 2014 Clancy Corporation Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic check out the events website www.lakemoondarrafishingclassic.com.au.


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