Bass Bash at Bulahdelah 2016 saw large numbers of anglers

The Bulahdelah Bass Bash was held last weekend with perfect conditions on the Myall River.

The event attracted over 200 competitors aged from six to 85, with the common goal of reeling in the biggest Bass.

With a competition area stretching from Bombah Point to Tamboy and Nerong, there was no shortage of vantage points on the water for serious anglers.

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Honours in the senior division went to John Startin winning the Leplaw Trophy with his catch of a 1.6kg Bass with minor placings taken by Luke Moore and Grant Bidgood.

Sheryl Barry scored a win in the Ladies section with Kerry Thompson runner up.

In the juniors, the Vince Malone title went to Klayton Haynes, narrowly defeating Matt Barry and Scott Smith.

However, it wasn’t all about the Bass, with many other sections strongly contested.

For the juniors, the Top Line Roofing Eel Classic was taken by Brodan Nassif hooking a 2.6kg eel with Olivia Smith second.

Bailey Shultz landed an impressive catch to win the Mightiest Mullet while Ryan Dorney scored a win with biggest bream narrowly defeating his sister Ashleigh.

Bulahdelah Fishing Club President Mr Darren Carrall, said the weekend competition was successful and well-supported.

“The turnout was far better than we predicted, things ran smoothly with everyone having a go and enjoying themselves” he said.

“The water and weather conditions were spot on and we had lots of fish caught and weighed.”

Other results in the open competition included Ronnie Bills with the biggest bream while the Royce Dorney Trophy for biggest other species was claimed by Mitchell Blanch, with Carol Carrall taking out the ladies title.

The Encouragement award went to Natasha Marlin.

As part of a conservation program, Mr Carrall said the profits from the weekend are used to improve the Bass population in the river.

“We buy fingerlings to restock the river with State Fisheries matching us dollar for dollar,” he said.

The Bulahdelah Fishing Club would like to thank their sponsors who contributed to the success of the weekend.

“Without our sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to run the event,” Mr Carrall said.

 

By Daniel SAHYOUN

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