Daniel, Stephen catch honours

IT might not be as bountiful as it once was, but there were plenty of barramundi in the Fitzroy to keep 59 teams of fishermen interested during the annual Barra Bounty at the weekend.

Organiser Bill Sawynok reported the collective catch to be a little better than last year, with 131 barramundi tagged and a total of 198 fish caught.

Although the event attracted enthusiasts from throughout Queensland, and some from interstate, it was the Rockhampton team of Daniel Power and Stephen Lill, otherwise known as the Boof Brothers, who triumphed.

And Daniel was the winning individual.

“Local knowledge might have played a part,” Bill said.

He said the most productive stretch of the river over two days was in the city reaches.

“The competitors were able to fish anywhere from the barrage to Port Alma and there were quite a few who chose to fish creeks in the delta.”

Despite the mouth-watering catch, every fish taken was returned to the river.

“One of the main aims of the event is to have a minimal impact on fish stocks because they are not in a good state. We had more fish caught this year than last, and that is encouraging, but there’s no doubt that there were more in years past.”

The longest fish of the weekend was caught by Ian Collins. It measured 94.5cm.

Dates for next year’s event have been agreed. The 2010 bounty will take place on October 15 and 16.

For a full list of results and a gallery of pictures, visit www.info-fish.net.

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