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"Good on ya Bev Cheffins, you made the comp fun, serious, friendly and most importantly, catch and release. A credit to you...see you next year!!!
Cheers
Jas
 
Thanks for a great weekend of the all ladies fishing classic, we 'cat fish queens with barra dreams' had a blast and will differently be back again next year...
 
Well done, Bev Yeah that's a big call to kick off a comp, especially with those extra barriers. Anyone who's done a few comps would appreciate all the work that's involved - Good luck with it all.
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Lake Awoonga Barra Classic 2009

Sponsors:

We are extremely grateful for the fabulous prizes provided by our many sponsors. Without the fantastic support of our sponsors we could not have had such a successful and enjoyable event.

Please support our sponsors by giving them your custom wherever possible.

Egrell Dezignz Pty Ltd, River 2 Sea Shogun Aust, OTM Sports, L. Wilson & Co, J M Gillies Agencies, Australian Fishing Network, Pure Fishing Australia, Shimano, Basser Millyard, Lively Lures, Blue Water Magazine, Pats Tackle World, Gladstone Sport Fishing Club, Col-Lite Products, Lake Awoonga Caravan Park, Holland Bros Plumbing (NSW) Pty Ltd.

The Gladstone Sportfishing Club in conjunction with ANSA Qld has supported the Lady Fishers Tournament since its inception in 2007. Their support and encouragement have been the inspiration that has made this tournament a huge success.

Captures

The captures speak for themselves.  The girls had a great time with 19 top quality Barra between them.  The top scoring fish measuring 111 cm was caught by Judy Cox.

Out of the 19 Barra, 4 measured over 100 cm, 10 over 90 cm and 5 over 79 cm.  There were also a lot of hard luck stories of monster Barra that had straightened out trebles and others dropped at the side of the boat.

Top Scoring Barramundi
Judy Cox
Jodie Diefenbach
Jodie Diefenbach
Joadi Bartlett
Joadi Bartlett
Vi Engle
Cheryl Sipple
111 cm
110 cm
109 cm
104 cm
97 cm
97 cm
96 cm
Barb Van Der Lelie
Barb Van Der Lelie
Cheryl Grant
Jodie Diefenbach
Cassie Pearson
Vi Engle
Talina O’Brien
96 cm
93 cm
92 cm
90 cm
90 cm
90 cm
90 cm
Cheryl Grant
Judy Cox
Barb Van Der Lelie
Sally Anne Stewart
Cassie Pearson


88 cm
88 cm
87 cm
81 cm
79 cm


Champion Angler was won by Jodie Diefenbach with 3 Barra for a total length of 309 cm.
Runner up went to Barbara Van Der Lelie with 3 Barra for a total length of 276 cm.
Longest Barra on lure measuring 111 cm went to Judy Cox.
Champion Team was won by Lively Ladies with 10 Barra for a total length of 953 cm.
Runner up went to Sun 2 Sea Diva's with 5 Barra for a total length of 448 cm.
Best decorated boat went to Sun 2 Sea Diva's. 

Each year there is a different theme for the tournament. This year the theme was ‘Tropical Queensland’ and the Sailpast was really exceptional. There were boats decorated with palm trees, crocodiles and mermaids.  One boat had an inflated shark towed behind it.  One of the new teams this year was decorated as “Priscilla Queen of the Desert" with the skipper in tights and a wig.  The girls really enjoyed themselves and they were a ton of fun over the tournament.

Thursday evening the girls were treated to a great BBQ before the briefing and the handing out of the angler packs.  Peter Stoneley (ANSA President) gave a talk on safety and the correct handling and releasing of fish.  Nathan Robson ran the screen show of all the previous Lady Fishers tournaments which is great entertainment in itself.

The Presentation Night is always a fun night.  The marquee was decorated in the Tropical theme and all the girls and their partners arrived in some fantastic costumes.  There were great prizes from our many sponsors for the winning categories.  This year the lucky angler draw of a Watersnake electric motor, donated by the Gladstone Sportfishing Club and Pat’s Tackle World, was won by Vi Engle.  It was a great early birthday present as she turned 67 the next day and not only won the electric motor but landed a 90 cm Barra.

One of the great things about the tournament is the family involvement.  There are ladies who have young children and the parents come along to mind the little ones and the husbands and partners really support the ladies and get involved in the whole theme of the tournament. The same families have come back year after year and it’s great to see them all get together and catch up.