Big Barra and Crowds a Plenty

Mount Isa’s 18th annual Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic has drawn to a close, with above average temperatures and ideal water levels making for perfect fishing conditions for anglers.

Flocking to the iconic mining cities man-made Lake Moondarra from as far away as Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and Townsville in Far North Queensland; 341 competitors including over 30 teams nominated in the 2016 Classic which kicked off at lunch time Friday and finished up at 10am Sunday.

202 fish were weighed in total over the 3 days by an impressive mix of female, male, junior and senior competitors with the popular Outback Barra stealing the lime light; 23 being weighed in, including 6 over a hefty 20kg and only 2 under 10kg.

Living up to its elusive reputation, every anglers target the $50,000 Mount Isa Water Board Tagged Barra went uncaptured; leaving a $1,000 bounty for its capture within the next 12 months.

With solid overall nomination and crowd numbers given the 40 plus degree days; organisers the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group were happy to see on-shore entertainment also well supported, George Fortune- Event Manager noting the stand outs.

“The new format Corporate Challenge Commerce North West Dragon Boat Regatta was a huge success on Saturday, with 7 teams battling it out in the Canoe Clubs professional style boats. Cheered on by big crowds we saw the Clancy Corporation team dubbed ‘Team Nunya’ take home the winner takes all cash prize” he said.

“Saturday nights free Wee Johnny’s concert thanks to the Buffs Club and Ausure Insurance and Finance Fireworks also saw standing room only at Black Rock Park; with plenty of families making a night of it is; something we always love to see”.

With thousands of dollars in prizes, cash and trophies awarded in over 20 prize categories on the water Paul Gofton took out the coveted Champion Senior Angler title with a points total of 1,700 (500 clear of the next competitor) and Nicholas Thinee pipped his closest rival by .02 points to take home with the Champion Junior Angler title.

The Heaviest Overall and Junior Heaviest Barramundi titles went to junior competitor Chad Currey with a Barra weighing in at a whopping 26.96kg; a new record for the competition, the previous record standing since 2007 at 26.17kg, and the popular Champion Team category was taken out by ‘Team 30’.

With full results from the fishing and on shore action to be available from the Fishing Classic website and social media channels in the coming days, hats goes off to the volunteer Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group for another successful fundraiser and draw card event for Outback Queensland.

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