Who would have thought that with the roads only opening days before, and in some cases the night before, that 381 keen fishermen/women/kids would be lining the banks of the mighty Norman River to keenly contest the Annual Normanton Barra Classic? Who would have also thought that the Barra would go off like they did? What a fabulous weekend of fishing was enjoyed by all.
With 381 nominations, and 344 fish weighed-in, why would you be anywhere else? We would like to say that the weigh-ins reflected the amount of fish caught, but also the huge catch and release numbers (the amount unknown). The stories of how many fish were actually caught were mind boggling. Our winners were…
1st – Siti Stroud with 14.89kg/110cm (the fish was almost as tall as her) *Pictured
2nd – Clint Spry with 11.54kg/106.5cm (this ripper was weighed in on Saturday, but pipped on Sunday)
3rd – Robyn Busch with 11.04kg/110cm (was weighed in on Sunday also)
Heaviest Catfish 6.92kg weighed-in by Gwendoline Callope
Heaviest Other Fish with Scales was a bream by Warren Rossow
Lachlan Anderson took out all the honours with Heaviest Barra, 1st – 8.47kg, 2nd – 7.64 kg, and 3rd – 7.19kg weighing in late Sunday afternoon *Pictured
Supplementary prizes went to Tyler Neilson and Kailan Rainbow
Junior heaviest catfish went to Jaylen McMullen with a ripper 7.14kg catty
Heaviest Other Fish with Scales was Cameron Millard with a Garfish
Teams Winners were Team ‘Don’t Know’ with 89.56kg of Barra between them – Scott McDowell, Greg Smith, Clint Spry, and Jett Spry *Pictured
Our $10,000 cash Raffle went off on Sunday night, and an extremely enjoyable weekend of fishing, entertainment, prizes and raffles (over $25,000 in cash and prizes) was had by all. The Skytrans flights were won by Dawn and Brad Bird.
A huge big thank-you to Skytrans for their ongoing support for our fishing comp and region as without their support we cannot keep producing not only the fantastic prizes, but the donation back to the community from the proceeds, which will be approximately $9000, going to Normanton State School, Gulf Christian College, Normanton Day Care Centre, Normanton Gun club, and the Normanton Cricket Club this year. We hope to have to see you all there next year, with your fishing rods in hand.
- Coutesy of the Normanton Social Fishing Club