NCFB 2014 Results

Now in its fifth year, the North Coast Fishing Bonanza is gathering momentum as the premiere catch and release competition in this region if not Australia. Competitors are asked to fill in catch sheets and photograph their catches live on a brag mat with administrators then verifying each image and corresponding catch sheet ensuring appropriate fish care and handling is adhered to at all times in conjunction with the Department of Primary Industries.

This year the event ran September 24 to 28 coinciding with the school holidays in the seaside town ofBallina, on the banks of the gorgeousRichmondRiver. There can be no better backdrop for a fishing competition than gin clear waters of the river flowing alongside the event area. In addition families were treated to countless food options including the always popular sausage sizzle tent onsite and the even more exciting (for the kids anyway) Baskin and Robbins just down the road.

The briefing took place on the Wednesday night allowing a possible 3.5 days of fishing for the outside crews keen to tangle with snapper, kingfish, pearl perch, amberjack and samson fish while anglers looking for a more relaxed option targeted bream, flathead, whiting or bass in the river. This year also saw the introduction of a few new species such as blackfish and tailor with these species opened up to junior and cadet categories.

Despite forecasts of showers each day, competitors only had to account for the few showers which fell chiefly in the mornings during the event with the predominately excellent warm and sunny weather allowing for ample fishing time. Offshore crews got 2 awesome days and a couple not so awesome with strong gusts over 20 knots hampering offshore fishing on Friday and Sunday morning. The gusty conditions on Friday morning had organisers at the site scrambling as tents and pretty much anything that wasn’t tied down took off assisted by the strong southerly wind. Had it not been for the 9 year old local lad seen grimly hanging onto the organisers’ tent by one corner, it could have been turned into an unmanned aircraft.

Meanwhile while the hard work was going on, event Director Michael Starkey was fishing offshore with Andrew Ettingshausen for an upcoming episode of Escape with ET on Network 10. The new series will start in December so keep an eye out for that one as the crew also filmed around the event on several evenings.

Over the course of the event, the fishing was superb and is a strong indicator of the health of this system. It’s not often a competition runs where a 93cm flathead doesn’t win a prize but this is what happened here. The top three flathead were all above the 95cm level with 1st place going to a 99.5cm fish caught by Greg Barnes. 2nd and third were equally impressive at 95.4cm

Snapper too were all massive with a 99.2cm specimen topping the list caught by Robert Lynn with Brodie Quaas and Overall Mens Champion coming second with a 95.0cm model. Those lucky enough to chase Pearl Perch also found some numbers with a 59.7cm fish in first place caught by Rick Dalli.

In the calm waters of the river systems, the bream was a whopping 46.0cm caught by Bill Steel and the whiting a respectable 44.0cm caught by Alex Klassen.

In the Cadet category Mat Hutchins, in Ballina on holiday, came away the winner taking out the snapper, mulloway and flathead prizes with 82.2cm, 95.5cm and 92.0 fish respectively. The most notable junior catch was made by young Tahlia Robson with a 92.8cm flathead which was taller than her. It would have been an interesting tussle.

Claire Joblin who this year contested her first year as an adult took out Champion Female, but also unbelievably won two random draws and took home a pair of Engel Fridge/Freezers. The word around town is that one was immediately claimed by her mum who she reluctantly thanked after much encouragement by event organiser Jay Morgan onstage.

Special mention must also go to Nathan Coby who not only landed a PB Mahi Mahi out wide, but who also managed to get himself impaled by a hefty pair of 12/0 hooks in the process of bringing the fish aboard.

The competition is not only about the fishing and each day was filled with raucous laughter from the kids as they battled each other in front of a massive display tank filled with all sort of fish in casting and winding competitions, each angler fighting for a member of the organising committee who had painted their names on the wooden fish used as props. Suffice to say the author didn’t hear his name called out very often. Thanks kids! At the end of the day the winners were the kids with Baskin and Robbins vouchers going their way.

This competition is not just about the fishing but also the fun that we all should have when out on the water. Unfortunately the competition had to come to a close and the major prize draws were held on the Sunday evening. While the event ran over time a little, competitors waited intently to hear their name called out. As they say there can be only one winner (well two in this case) and they were Mat Hutchins who won the $10,000 cadet boat, and Peter Wells who won the adult boat valued at $28,000.

The North Coast Fishing Bonanza would like to thank the competitors for the spirit in which they compete. We must also thanks Gamakastu and Evinrude for their support in bring this event to life. Also thanks to major sponsors Samurai Fishing Rods and Lowrance as well as industry partners Atomic, Hobie, Penn, Engel, Fishing World,  Mako Eyewear, TABS Boats, Shimano, The IceBox Bloke and Southern Cross Accountants.

Main Draw Prize Winners:

Adult Draws    
Adult Boat Package RRP $28,000 Peter Watts
Lowrance HDS12 + Structure RRP $4,599 Jutta Swan
Lowrance HDS9 RRP $3,299 John Lollback
Lowrance HDS9 RRP $3,299 Andrew Lorriman
Hobie Kayak RRP $2,600 Craig Wallace
Engel 45L Platinum Fridge/Freezer RRP $1,299 Clare Joblin
Engel 45L Platinum Fridge/Freezer RRP $1,299 Gavin Fensom
Engel 40L Fridge/Freezer RRP $1,099 Gary Palmer
Cadet Draws    
Cadet Boat Package RRP $10,000 Matthew Hutchins
Lowrance Elite 7 HDI RRP $1,099 Harry Joblin
Lowrance Elite 5 HDI RRP $829 Tom O'Neill

Overall Results:

NCFB 2014 Catch Sheets      
Overall            
Adult Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper Robert Lynn 992 Brodie Quaas 950 Tom Laurence 915
Pearl Perch Bob Lowry 620 Rick Dalli 597 Robert Bordin 577
Mulloway Andrew McLennon 1205 Bob Lowry 1135 Mitch Rizzardin 1124
Tailor Henry Phillips 667 Peter Watts 650 Lee Miller 645
King/Cobia Greg Barnes 1350 Andrew Fensom 1000 Aidan Kane 990
AJ/Sambo Andrew McLennon 915 Aidan Kane 740 Andrew Fensom 720
Whiting Alex Klassen 440 Mal Hancock 422 Robbie Graham 419
Bream Bill Steel 460 Rick Dalli 421 Bernard Richter 420
Blackfish Vincent Lococo 402 Bernard Richter 397 Kim Richter 394
Flathead Greg Barnes 995 Troy Robson & Mal Hancock 954 Tied 2nd  
Bass Jamie Stratford 470 Hans Jensen 440 Robert Walkingdon 435
Most Meritorious Nathan Coby - Mahi Mahi + Hooks in leg 1625 Bill Steel - EP 509 Chris Nakholc (pig fish) 38.4
             
Cadet Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper Mathew Hutchins 822        
Mulloway Mathew Hutchins 955        
Tailor N/A          
Whiting Jasper Graham 412        
Bream Finn Kelly 392        
Blackfish Sam Osborne 340        
Flathead Matthew Hutchins 920        
Bass Hayden Somerville 465        
Most Meritorious Harry Binney - Trag 670        
             
Junior Name 1ST        
Snapper Chayse McKay 397        
Bream Blake Kernaghan 380        
Blackfish Nate Dodds 280        
Flathead Tahlia Robson 928        
Bass Ryan Kernaghan 435        
Most Meritorious Nate Dodds - Whiting 315        

Thursdays Results:

NCFB 2014 Catch Sheets      
Thursday            
Adult Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper Robert Lynn 992 Brodie Quaas 950 Tom Laurence 915
Pearl Perch Andrew Lorriman 325 Ross Campbell 318    
Mulloway Lance Bayliss 1115 Troy Robson 1038 Greg Barnes 95
Tailor Peter Watts 637        
King/Cobia Peter Quaas 757 Brodie Quaas 685    
AJ/Sambo Brodie Quaas 700 Brodie Quaas 685 Peter Quaas 634
Whiting Alex Nassen 357 Ben Ry 341    
Bream Bill Steel 460 Bernard Richter 396 Grayson Kernaghan 392
Blackfish Paul Gray 378 Clinton Quinlivan 37.3    
Flathead Jake Stewart 660 Elvin Andrews 542 Peter Marcon 517
Bass Hans Jensen 440 Reid Campbell 430 Jason Dayman 415
Most Meritorious Chris Nakholc (pig fish) 38.4 Colin Bridge (92+ Mahi Mahi) 920+ Neville Endres (Parrot Fish) 395
             
Cadet Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper Mathew Hutchins 822 Jackson Mitchell 745 Harry Binney 529
Mulloway Mathew Hutchins 955        
Tailor            
Whiting            
Bream Rhys Riches 308 Jack Frost 307 James Joblin 299
Blackfish            
Flathead Jayden Newton 570 Ellie Kane 550 Jack Frost 531
Bass Rhys Riches 428        
Most Meritorious Mathew Hutchins (trag) 530        
             
Junior Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper            
Bream Blake Kernaghan 380 Khi Edwards 320 Lucas Merrick 310
Blackfish            
Flathead Bryce Morrissey 694 Connar Simpson 502 Bryce Morrissey 487
Bass Dominic Bortolin 345        
Most Meritorious Brody Vanderburg (whiting) 304        

Fridays Results:

NCFB 2014 Catch Sheets      
Friday            
Adult Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper            
Pearl Perch            
Mulloway Mitch Rizzardin 1124 Lee Miller 645    
Tailor Henry Phillips 594 Wade Wilson 359    
King/Cobia            
AJ/Sambo            
Whiting Clinton Quinlivan 400 Ben Rye 359    
Bream Rick Dalli 421 Pete Quaas 380 Brodie Quaas 359
Blackfish Clinton Quinlivan 284        
Flathead Greg Barnes 995 Troy Robson 954 Robbie Lynn 945
Bass Jamie Stratford 470 Christian Brookes 412 Jake Simmons 404
Most Meritorious Ben Frost - Estury perch 365 Jamie Stratford - Banjo Shark   Andrew Lorriman (strippie monster) 22
             
Cadet Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper            
Mulloway            
Tailor            
Whiting            
Bream Rhys Riches 329        
Blackfish Sam Osborne 340        
Flathead Jack Frost 434        
Bass Jake Simmons 404        
Most Meritorious Will Jones (Toad Fish) 182        
             
Junior Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper            
Bream Chayse McKay 350        
Blackfish            
Flathead Mikaela Robson 685        
Bass Jordan Walsh 387        
Most Meritorious Tas Fensom - catfish 420        

Saturdays Results:

NCFB 2014 Catch Sheets      
Saturday            
Adult Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper Scott Carriage 684 Tony Hutchins 680 Steven Poole 643
Pearl Perch Robert Bordin 577 Rick Dalli 557    
Mulloway Andrew McLennon 1205 Bill Steel 859 Rowen Teece 776
Tailor Peter Watts 419        
King/Cobia Greg Barnes 1350 Warwick Reakes 970 Steven Poole 900
AJ/Sambo Andrew McLennon 915 Pete Quaas 690 Brodie Quaas 414
Whiting Alex Klassen 440 Robbie Graham 419 Jean Graham 376
Bream Brodie Quaas 406 John Lollback 397 Kim Richter 396
Blackfish Paul Gray 392 Clinton Quinliven 351    
Flathead Jake Stewart 935 Dennis Atta-Singh 842 Phil Causley 790
Bass Robert Walkingdon 435 Paul Gray 392 Steven McLean 365
Most Meritorious Yvonne Merrick - mud crab on line          
             
Cadet Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper Henry Jambor 415        
Mulloway            
Tailor            
Whiting Jasper Graham 400        
Bream Jayden Newton 330        
Blackfish Sam Osborne 328        
Flathead Ryan James 795        
Bass            
Most Meritorious Matthew Hutchins - Trag 540        
             
Junior Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper            
Bream Lachlan Jones 375        
Blackfish            
Flathead Tahlia Robson 928        
Bass Brayden Kernaghan 423        
Most Meritorious Tyler Allen - Turtle 240        

Sundays Results:

NCFB 2014 Catch Sheets      
Sunday            
Adult Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper Rowan Teece 741 Jaclyn Franco (female) 725    
Pearl Perch Bob Lowry 620 Andrew Fensom 390    
Mulloway Bob Lowry 1135 Nick Chee 1093 Max McLennan 1086
Tailor Henry Phillips 667        
King/Cobia Andrew Fensom 1000 Aidan Kane 990    
AJ/Sambo Aidan Kane 740 Andrew Fensom 720    
Whiting Mal Hancock 422 Harry Brown 409    
Bream Bernard Richter 420        
Blackfish Vincent Lococo 402        
Flathead Troy Robson 850        
Bass Robert Walkington 435        
Most Meritorious Nathan Coby - Mahi Mahi + Hooks in leg 1625 Shane Gray - Trag 710    
             
Cadet Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper Matthew Hutchins 480        
Mulloway            
Tailor            
Whiting Jasper Graham 412        
Bream Sam Osborne 337        
Blackfish            
Flathead Matthew Hutchins 920        
Bass Hayden Somerville 465        
Most Meritorious Ellie Kane - Pearl Perch 310        
             
Junior Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper Chayse McKay 397        
Bream Brayden Kernaghan 374        
Blackfish Nate Dodds 280        
Flathead Jarrod McCredie 437        
Bass Ryan Kernaghan 435        
Most Meritorious Nate Dodds - Whiting 315 Bryce Morrissey - Tahwine 366