The 2013 North Coast Fishing Bonanza presented by Gamakatsu and Evinrude was held September 25th through to the 29th. The new format involving 4 days of fishing was a hit with over 250 competitors chasing a wide variety of inshore and offshore species. The weather was sublime allowing anglers plenty of time to chase that winning fish with some quality fish caught and photographed. At the show site on the banks of the Richmond River, daily talks attracted plenty of interest with some enthusiastic youngsters getting involved in the soft plastics demonstrations.

Over the four fishing days, some notable captures included a 93.5cm flathead to Mitch Bailey, a 54.5cm bass to Aiden Kane and a 124.3cm kingfish to Boyd Buschman who bumped off good mate Andrew Mclennan from first place. They were both fishing from Andrew’s boat, so we will see if Boyd gets an invitation back out with Andrew next time around.

In the cadet category a 75.6cm flathead took out first place for Clare Joblin and Rhys Riches managed the biggest whiting with a whopping 42.8cm model. In fact all the winning whiting were over 42.0cm across all categories which goes to show the health of the system this year.

Despite all the fish prizes, the cadet and adults boats plus the other lucky draw prizes were the reason most people entered and Lachlan Johnson will be glad he was upgraded from a junior to a cadet as he won the boat and motor package courtesy of Gamakatsu, TABs boats, Evinrude and Lowrance. He fished most of the comp on the wharf adjacent to the show area but we know where he’ll be next year. It’s always great to see a young local win such a massive prize and he was ‘stoked’ as they say and will no doubt have many new friends.

The adult boat went to Michael Muldoon, who only wet a line once to catch small bait fish and ended up dropping his I-Pad into the Livebait tank, but still managed the major lucky door prize. There were also a host of winners of everything from Samurai rods to Pen adult combos and Shimano Kids estuary packs, Mako sunglasses, Engel fridges and Eskies courtesy of Boat Box and even Sony Cameras.

Once again the event was a massive hit with organisers looking to add more categories, perhaps have a fun dress up day and go bigger next year. Make sure you put the dates in your diary. You don’t even need to fish but could still walk away with a host of prizes.

Main Random Prizes

Congratulations to Michael Muldoon of Lismore who is taking home a fantastic Tabs / Etec boat package worth over $25,000. The Cadets $10,000 Tabs / Etec boat package went to a very happy chap Lachlan Johnson of Lennox Head. Other prizes included the fantastic Hobie Mirage Outback.

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Winner, Michael Muldoon, of the Adult Prize boat and the NCFB officials

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Winner, Lachlan Johnson, of the Cadet Prize boat and the NCFB officials

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Winner of the Hobie and the NCFB officials

On top of these there were heaps of draws just on the last day which contained items from Engel, Mako Eyewear, Samurai Reaction and The Ice Box Bloke. Everyone went home happy and has a good time with the event a success.

Champion Anglers / Team

Champion Angler this year was heavily competed with very close results.

 NameFrom
Champion Team Need a Bigger Boat (Grahams) Brunswick Heads
Champion Male Brett Lane Ballina
Champion Female Joan Graham Brunswick Heads
Champion Cadet / Junior Rhys Richies Lennox Head

Overall Results:

SpeciesSnapperKing/CobiaPearl PerchTailor
Adult Winner Wayne Hutchins - 89.5cm Boyd Buschman - 124.3cm Andrew Witchard - 57.1cm Peter Watts - 77.1cm
Adult 2nd Neil Carriage - 89.0cm Andrew McLennan - 120.5cm Brett Lane - 55.2cm Henry Phillips - 76.4cm
Adult 3rd Greg Barnes - 82.0cm Scott Jenkins - 104.0cm Simon Witchard - 54.6cm Lee Miller - 63.0cm
Species Mulloway AJ/Sambo Bass  
Adult Winner Andrew Homan - 107.2cm Brett Lane - 87.5cm Aiden Kane - 54.5cm  
Adult 2nd Bill Steel - 92.1cm Andrew Witchard - 85.6cm Allan Joblin - 49.0cm  
Adult 3rd John Lollback - 90.5cm Simon Witchard - 85.0cm Nathan Corby - 47.5cm  
Species Whiting Bream Flathead Most Mem
Adult Winner Karl De Groot - 44.2cm Karl De Groot - 40.9cm Mitchell Bailey - 93.4cm Aiden Kane 42.0cm EP
Adult 2nd Robbie Graham - 43.2cm Robert Walkington - 39.7cm John Lollback - 85.5cm None
Adult 3rd Jacob McCalman - 42.2cm Phillip Merrick - 37.5cm Colin Bridge - 76.0cm None
Species Whiting Bream Flathead Most Mem
Cadet Winner Rhys Riches - 42.8cm Rhys Riches - 41.9cm Clare Joblin - 75.6cm Bernard Richter- 74.8cm Jew
Cadet Winner Live Alex Graham - 41.5cm Tasman De Groot - 35.4cm Rhys Riches - 45.2cm  
Junior Winner Hayden Menzies - 43.5cm Scott Axisa - 36.2cm Blake Kernaghan - 60.1cm  
Junior Winner Live Jack Blackman - 32.4cm Connor Simpson - 33.6cm Francis Rupnik - 45.4cm  

Day 1 Thursdays Results:

SpeciesSnapperKing/CobiaPearl PerchTailor
Adult Winner Vincent Lo Coco - 41.3cm Andrew McLennan - 120.5cm None Henry Phillips - 76.4cm
Species Mulloway AJ/Sambo Bass  
Adult Winner John Lollback - 90.5cm None Aiden Kane - 55cm  
Species Whiting Bream Flathead Most Mem
Adult Winner Karl De Groot - 44.2cm Gildo Pagotto - 36cm Colin Bridge - 76cm Hans Jenson - 41cm EP
Species Whiting Bream Flathead Most Mem
Cadet Winner Dillon Graham - 40cm Tasman Degroot - 39cm Bernard Richter - 65.9cm Brody Walters - 50cm Jew
Junior Winner Ryan Kernaghan - 27.4cm Jordan Walsh - 29.5cm Ryan Kernaghan - 57cm Blake Kernaghan - Oyster Lease

Day 2 Fridays Results:

SpeciesSnapperKing/CobiaPearl PerchTailor
Adult Winner Simon Witchard - 55.0cm None None Neil Carriage - 35.8cm
Species Mulloway AJ/Sambo Bass  
Adult Winner Simon Witchard - 77.5cm None Gildo Pagotto - 44.8cm  
Species Whiting Bream Flathead Most Mem
Adult Winner Jacon McCalman - 42.2cm Ben Frost - 36.0cm John Lollback - 85.5cm  
Species Whiting Bream Flathead Most Mem
Cadet Winner Dillon Graham - 41.0cm Rhys Riches - 41.9cm Clare Joblin - 75.6cm  
Junior Winner Hayden Menzies - 43.5cm Mackenzie Soutar - 33.0cm Blake Kernaghan - 60.1cm  

Day 3 Saturdays Results:

SpeciesSnapperKing/CobiaPearl PerchTailor
Adult Winner Wayne Hutchins - 89.5cm Scott Jenkins - 104.0cm Brett Lane - 55.2cm Henry Phillips - 68.8cm
Species Mulloway AJ/Sambo Bass  
Adult Winner Andrew Homan - 107.2cm Brett Lane - 87.5cm Aaron Swanson- 44.4cm  
Species Whiting Bream Flathead Most Mem
Adult Winner Jean Graham - 40.0cm Karl De Groot - 40.9 Mitchell Bailey - 93.4cm  
Species Whiting Bream Flathead Most Mem
Cadet Winner Rhys Riches - 42.8cm Bernard Richter - 35.6cm Sam Osborne - 54.0cm  
Cadet Winner Live Dillon Graham - 41.5cm Tasman De Groot - 35.4cm None  
Junior Winner Fox Moss - 29.5cm Mackenzie Souter - 35.6cm Noah McMaster - 48.6cm  
Junior Winner Live None Connor Simpson - 33.6cm Lachlan Johnson - 42.0cm  

Day 4 Sunday Daily Results:

SpeciesSnapperKing/CobiaPearl PerchTailor
Adult Winner Neil Carriage - 89.0cm Boyd Buschman - 124.3cm Andrew Witchard - 57.1cm Peter Watts - 77.1cm
Species Mulloway AJ/Sambo Bass  
Adult Winner Bill Steel - 92.1cm Simon Witchard - 85.0cm Allan Joblin - 49.0cm  
Species Whiting Bream Flathead Most Mem
Adult Winner Robbie Graham - 43.2cm Luke Tinson - 37.2cm Tom Laurence - 56.9cm  
Species Whiting Bream Flathead Most Mem
Cadet Winner Jasper Graham - 40.0cm Tasman De Groot - 35.7cm Harry Fettel - 48.5cm  
Cadet Winner Live Alex Graham - 38.6cm James Joblin - 31.5cm Rhys Riches - 45.2cm  
Junior Winner Ryder Moss - 28.5cm Scott Axisa - 36.2cm Scott Axisa - 48.4cm  
Junior Winner Live Jack Blackman - 32.4cm Lachlan Johnson - 32.5cm Francis Rupnik - 45.4  

Team Scores (Top 10):

TEAMGRAND TOTAL
Need A Bigger Boat 140
Boonsa 105
Rhys Riches 101
Schoolie Slayers 94
Psycho Soft Plastic 83
Mach1 63
Joblin 57
Getting Jiggy 53
Skeeter 44
Fire Stop 38

Adult Scores (Top 10):

Entrant IDEntrant NameEntry TypeThu. ScoreFri. ScoreSat. ScoreSun. ScoreGRAND TOTAL
1246 Brett Lane Adult     27 31 58
1007 Simon witchard Adult   22 8 20 50
1080 Neil Carriage Adult 2 15 8 24 49
1006 andrew witchard Adult     7 42 49
1047 Aidan kane Adult 16 1 8 23 47
1104 Karl degroot Adult 11   14 20 46
1307 Andrew Homann Adult     17 21 38
1099 John Lollback Adult 12 11   10 33
1079 Scott Carriage Adult 4 4 21 4 33
1025 Boyd Buschmann Adult       32 32

Cadet Scores (Top 10):

Entrant IDEntrant NameEntry TypeThu. ScoreFri. ScoreSat. ScoreSun. ScoreGRAND TOTAL
1046 Rhys Riches Cadet   17 12 72 101
1190 Dillon Graham Cadet 15 13 12 21 61
1105 Tasman deGroot Cadet 12 4 12 31 59
1273 Lachlan Johnson Junior     11 30 41
1289 scott axisa Junior       40 40
1098 Blake Kernaghan Junior   12 4 21 37
1016 clare joblin Cadet 2 11 3 20 36
1266 Connor Simpson Junior   1 12 20 33
1301 Hayden Menzies Junior   11   20 31
1331 Jack Blackhan Junior       30 30

Note: Overall bonus points are allocated to Sundays score.