Nicola Kelbie, Alex Crozier, Sandra Vick, Leeann Farrell, Karen Hetherington, Tash Fee and Tracey Rule of the Rapala Barra Babes.
Nicola Kelbie, Alex Crozier, Sandra Vick, Leeann Farrell, Karen Hetherington, Tash Fee and Tracey Rule of the Rapala Barra Babes.

Beginners clean up at barra fishing comp

A TEAM of eight Calliope women and one from Gladstone took out seven awards at the Women That Fish Barra Classic.

The competition at the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton between September 4 and 6 saw 12 teams try to catch the biggest barramundi and have the most fun.

Team organiser Tash Fee said the competition was cautious when their team, the Rapala Barra Babes, arrived.

"We had our own sponsors, Rapala Lures, BCF and Barra Jacks so we looked the part," she said.

"The organisers thought we were real professionals but we had some girls who had never wet a line."

Fee said she just had to throw the idea out there and everyone jumped on it.

"It was a bit of an excuse to have a girl's weekend away, with a few drinks and more of the social aspect," she said.

"I never thought we would clean up."

The Rapala Barra Babes won four categories and were runners-up in three.

They won the Best Team of Three, Encouragement Award, Funniest Photo and WTF Happened Award.

The runner-up awards were for Best Team of Three, Overall Best Team in the Competition and Individual Best Fish.

Fee said the WTF Happened Award was won because the Rapala Barra Babes had a moment of panic with their boat.

"Some bung plugs were left out of the boat and water started coming in," she said.

"It was a classic with a bit of panic for a moment there."



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