Kids hooked on Brats In Boats
By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
THE Inaugural Brats In Boats competiton has caught young fishing enthusiasts hook, line and sinker.
Each of the four divisions contained about 30 competitiors in a hotly contested tournament.
Under 15 division winner Jack Shapcott landed the biggest one of all.
The whopping 103.5cm, 17kg barramundi was eventually brought in by Jack, but not without a struggle.
'The fish absolutely hammered it and took me to the end of my line and it was about 15 minutes before I could pull him in,' Jack said.
Under rules of the competition, parental assistance was not allowed.
'Dad couldn't help because of the rules, I had to bring him in by myself,' Jack said.
Event organiser Merv Hinneberg called the event a success and was happy with the turnout of competitors.
'The weekend was great, the kids enjoyed it,' Mr Hinneberg said.
Whether the event becomes an annual event is looking good after the positive turnout.
'I think the response indicators are good and this could become an annual event,' Mr Hinneberg said.
Money raised from the fishing competition will be going to the Starlight Foundation.
The popularity of the event is evident as competitors came from as far away as Brisbane and Toowoomba.
'We never advertised down south and kept it mostly local, but we got competitors turning up from Brisbane and Toowoomba,' Mr Hinneberg said.
The overall winners were: Under 18 Annie La Hogue, Under 15 Jack Shapcott, Under 10 there were no catches and Under 5 Jayden Rashleigh.
The competition was a catch and release format with the fish caught, but Jack's fish unfortunately would not get going when landed and had to be brought in.
'The catch and release program worked well, but for Jack's fish he didn't take to swimming and had to be brought in,' Mr Hinneberg said.
Overall the day was a great success and Mr Hinneberg was greatful for the support and sponsors he received.