Katie and Mum catch the biggest barra

By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FOURTEEN-year-old Katie Sanderson and her mum Elaine had a ball at the inaugural No Blokes Barra Bash at Lake Awoonga last weekend.

Katie landed the biggest junior barramundi at 63cm, and her mum won the open division with a 78.5cm specimen.

The Sanderson family were among 50 entrants who travelled from NSW and Queensland to enter the contest.

They weren't disappointed after travelling eight hours from Mitchell where they read about the competition in a fishing magazine. ' Yeah it's been pretty good,' Katie said.

Mum and dad Shane were among several people The Observer spoke with, including one couple from Byron Bay, who said they would definitely be returning next year.

Co-organisers Merv Hinneberg and Harbour Festival Queen Quest entrant Lisa Acton were pleased with the turnout.

'We were just testing the water this year, so hopefully it will be bigger and better next year,' Mr Hinneberg said.

'Everyone had a great time and we raised at least $1500 for the oncology department.'

The event was characterised by its laid-back atmosphere, as well as a stack of prizes and support from established fishing magazines.

Yesterday many of the competitors stuck around for the prize announcements, swapping names and addresses with fellow travellers.

One couple who were already planning their return were Leah and Garry Jupe from Byron Bay.

While Garry wasn't all that fussed on being restricted to boat driving in the female-only festival, he said it was 'all for a good cause'.



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