Keen fishers line up for Bounty
THE 2005 Rocky Barra Bounty starts today and noone is more excited than Shane Gartner.
The Gold Coast fisherman arrived in Rockhampton at 2.30am yesterday, and after two hours sleep, was on the Fitzroy River casting a lure with fishing partner Brett Howell.
"We got out there for a look before the competition starts,'' Mr Gartner said.
This year's Bounty, the city's premier tag-and-release fishing event, has attracted 65 two-member teams from Cairns to northern New South Wales.
Two days of competition will culminate with a presentation dinner tomorrow night.
In a boost for entrants, no local commercial fishers will net during the competition.
Rockhampton and District Master Fishermen's Association secretary Pat Kelly said it was a decision made every year to assist the competition.
Mr Gartner, a pest-controller by trade who makes lures as a hobby, said it was good to be back for the seventh annual Bounty.
"I was here for the first two bounty's and the fishing was pretty tough,'' he said.
"A lot of people know about it (competition) down at the (Gold) Coast. 'I've just made a new barra lure so I'll get a good chance to try it out.''
Mr Gartner has five lure models which he makes.
They retail at three tackle stores on the Gold Coast.