CATCH OF THE DAY: Mark Thompson caught this 101cm Barramundi on Saturday to help Whitsunday Game Fish Club (WGFC) take out the annual WGFC Barra Bash on the weekend.
CATCH OF THE DAY: Mark Thompson caught this 101cm Barramundi on Saturday to help Whitsunday Game Fish Club (WGFC) take out the annual WGFC Barra Bash on the weekend.

Closest annual barra bash ever

WHITSUNDAY Game Fish Club (WGFC) took out the annual WGFC Barra Bash at Peter Faust Dam on the weekend, defeating its northern rivals Townsville Game Fish Club (TGFC) by a mere four centimetres.

WGFC member Mark Thompson caught the winning barramundi on Saturday morning, measuring 102cm.

This was enough to edge out Townsville's largest of 98cm.

This meant WGFC brought home their rightful trophy back on to home turf.

WGFC president Bob Spees couldn't be happier with the weekend.

“It's the tightest ever finish,” he said. “It was great fun had by all.

“It was a very successful weekend.

“That's why I do it, to see people enjoying life.”

Although the weekend had a focus on fun, there was plenty of competition when it came to catching the prize barramundi of the competition.

Although Townsville caught more barra with 14, the Whitsunday team was deemed to be the winner after they caught the biggest barra across the weekend of fishing.

Thirty-four anglers from the Whitsundays and 30 from Townsville enjoyed the pristine conditions on Saturday morning but many boats were left with no fish in sight with the barra being hard to come by, despite ideal fishing conditions.

The Whitsunday team managed to catch 13 barramundi, one sooty grunter and a heap of red claw.

With their base back at Camp Kanga, the 64 strong field of competitors then took part in the annual Whitsunday vs Townsville cricket match which proved to be a highlight of the weekend.

The Townsville side posted a solid score of 114 runs, but in reply the Whitsundays stamped their authority on home turf to race to victory with 137.

“The cricket match was a ripper,” Spees said.

In the end, the weekend proved to be fun for all with great weather, great fishing conditions and great company resulting in a weekend getaway only kilometres from town.


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