South Burnett anglers win big

12th February 2018 9:30 AM
SUCCESS: A record number of anglers were at Boondooma at the weekend. SUCCESS: A record number of anglers were at Boondooma at the weekend. Claudia Williams

FISHING: The advantage of local knowledge guided Proston's Scott Johnston to victory at the weekend, claiming the heaviest yellowbelly title at the two-day Boondooma Dam yellowbelly fishing competition.

The event attracted the largest number of anglers in its 28-year history, with 1123 entrants including 272 juniors from across the state travelling to the South Burnett to take part.

Event spokesman Terry Allwood said the number of fish caught made for a successful weekend of fishing.

"The lake fished extremely well for the 2018 event, with 278 fish going through the catch-and- release section and another 252 in the gilled-and-gutted section,” he said.

Knowing the dam proved to be an advantage in the catch-and-release category for John Francis, of Kingaroy, who caught the longest native targeting Australian bass and yellowbelly with a bass measuring in at 535mm.

Chloe Manthey put in a solid effort under the guidance of her dad, Shaun Manthey, to walk away with the most fish, bass and yellowbelly, caught and released throughout the competition, with a total tally of 10 fish presented to the weigh master.

The winner of the heaviest bass section was D Rutch, of Mooloolah, with a bass of 1.370kg.

The junior champion angler for yellowbelly was Lucy Stead, of Kingaroy, with a yellowbelly of 1.8kg and the bass champion was Benson Graham, of Wallumbilla, with a bass of 1.315kg.

Profits from the event will be used to supplement fishing permit funds from the Queensland Government.

To date about 5.1 million fingerlings have been stocked into Lake Boondooma.