Matthew Milner with a spanish mackerel.
Matthew Milner with a spanish mackerel. Contributed

Great weather to catch a fish

IT was perfect fishing weather as a record number of entrants took part in the annual Shirley Gimm competition at Stanage Bay over the Easter weekend.

Organiser Maree Haynes yesterday said with about $15,000 in prizemoney up for grabs there was plenty of action and big catches.

Tim Einarson’s catch of an 18.55kg mackerel landed him the senior top prize, while the Rockhampton region’s Axel Smith picked up the senior section with a 16.51kg cod.

Maree said the competition had 189 entrants with 50 in the junior segment and 61 in the ladies.

“This was the best fishing weather we’ve ever had for the competition,” said Maree, who runs the Plumtree Store at Stanage Bay.

Many anglers spent the weekend camping in the area, some staying for the special

Anzac Day service.

Maree said the only downside was the suspected irukandji stinging of a young girl during the event.

The six-year-old was airlifted to hospital after being treated by a doctor who was holidaying at Stanage Bay.



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