NCFB 2015 Results


The North Coast Fishing Bonanza was held late September in the picturesque Fawcett Park, Ballina setting a new record for competitors despite the sometimes inclement and windy conditions. The first set up day saw gusty winds force a redesign of the event layout with the trailers and display tanks moved to create a wind break for the patrons. These same conditions saw offshore anglers ruled out of fishing on a few days but most waited patiently for the few windows that enabled them to head out.

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Inshore, the bream, flathead, jewfish and whiting categories were hotly contested across adult, junior and cadet categories and there were some considerable captures including a flathead that bettered the magic one metre mark. This is a magic catch and one that will be with the angler for years to come. Seeing a fish like that swim away at an event like this is part of the reason the committee work so hard to ensure a smooth event.

Each day the cadets were well entertained with competitions in the afternoon including fishing and running races. Pro angler talks and the always popular fish display tank, including species caught during the event itself also drew strong crowds.

Approaching its seventh year in 2015, the North Coast Fishing Bonanza is fast becoming one of the premiere catch and release competitions on the north coast. Competitors are required 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. The DPI also conduct talks to improve angler education at the event. In addition, the Marine Rescue team and Life Savers conducted boating safety demonstrations on lifejackets, towing and rescues.

This year the event started with the opening briefing held on Wednesday September 23 coinciding with school holidays and ran through to Sunday with the fishing and submission of catch sheets finishing at 2.30pm followed by the main draw held at 3.30pm. There can be no better backdrop for a fishing competition than gin clear waters of the Richmond River flowing beside the event area and perched right at the edge was the insanely popular barbeque tent.

Despite the weather, the fishing was excellent across the board with some notable catches alongside the flathead caught by Kim Nathan Richter. The largest Jewfish went to Adam Thomas with a healthy 1270mm length while the offshore species to note was a 925mm snapper for Adam Thomas and 910mm Kingfish to Andrew Fensom.

Inshore, the bream category was won by Ben Frost and the longest whiting was just shy of the 450mm mark, at 447mm landed by local Alex Klassen. Freshwater anglers weren't disappointed either with a healthy 530mm model caught we assume in the upper Richmond.

The cadets didn't miss out either with a massive Jewfish landed by pint sized Sam Osborne and was well over the one metre mark while equal sized Mathew Hutchins landed a 940mm flathead.

At the end of the day, the fishing is hotly contested but the NCFB organisers amass a huge array of prizes from sponsors and everyone is involved in the draws. This year, the main boat was won by Stephen Banks of Evans Head. He walked away with a TABS runabout with Evinrude engine and Lowrance sounder/plotter valued at $20,000. Jaclyn Poole won the adult kayak with a host of others taking away Engle fridge/freezers and Lowrance high end sounder/plotter units. The cadet kayak was won by Oskay Smith and again a raft of cadets also walked away with Lowrance and Engel fridge units. Over the course of the competition, over $60,000 in prizes are randomly given away.

The spirit in which competitors and families compete in this event part of the reason the organisers continue promote and run this event. It's great to see regulars every year coming back to test their skills and families making it a social gathering with all ages involved, one of the only sports that allows the while family to get involved!

We must also thanks Gamakastu and Evinrude for their support in bring this event to life. Other major sponsors Samurai Fishing Rods and Lowrance as well as industry partners Atomic, Hobie, Penn, Engel, TABS Boats, Shimano, The IceBox Bloke and Southern Cross Accountants, without these companies the event could not get started. Join with us and show your support to these fantastic companies next time in store.

Australian Fishing Tournaments would like to thank the Officials, volunteers and sponsors staff who attend the event, the event is much better because of your guys.

Remember “Support the Sponsors that Support Your Passion” Goodbye and thanks to the competitors and see everyone next year.

Main Random Draw Winners

Adult Draws  RRP   Winner  From
Boat  $ 20,000.00 Stephen Banks Evans head
Kayak Adult  $ 3,090.00 Jaclyn Poole Lismore
Lowrance HDS 12  $ 4,699.00 Vincent Lo Coco Ocean Shores
Lowrance HDS 9  $ 2,499.00 Glenn Woolley Goonellabah
Engel 45L Platinum Fridge/Freezer  $ 1,349.00 Troy Estreich Lennox Head
Engel 45L Platinum Fridge/Freezer  $ 1,349.00 Geoffrey Campbell Ballina
       
Cadet Draws      
Kayak Cadet  $ 1,390.00 Oskay Smith Goonellabah
Engel 14  $ 799.00 Kyle Frappell Lennox Head
Engel 14  $ 799.00 Tyler Causley-James Ballina
Bike  $ 329.00 Sam Osborne Ballina
Bike  $ 329.00 Dominic Bortolin Skennars Head

NCFB 2015 Results

 

Overall Results

 

Adult Name 1ST Name 2ND Name 3RD
Snapper Reece Thompson 925 Stephen Banks 840 Nick Chee 771
Pearl Perch Craig Warwick 368 Ellie Kane 339    
Mulloway Adam Thomas 1270 Mitch Bailey 1202 Bernard Richter 1110
Tailor Peter Watts 695 Henry Allan Phillips 535 Brett Stanley 430
King/Cobia Andrew Fensom 910 Nathan Corby 890 Luke Ansell 860
AJ/Sambo Ben Graham 830 Scott Jones 828 Luke Ansell 750
Whiting Alexander Klassen 447 Robert Graham 433 Mal Hancock 418
Bream Ben Frost 430 Carl Degroot 428 Neil Lollback 423
Blackfish Michael Rupnik 420 Adam Prowse = 2nd 415 Cassandra Rupnik = 2nd 415
Flathead Kim Nathan Richter 1004 Natalee Reynolds 985 Bernard Richter 961
Bass Keefe Spann 530 Allan Joblin 463 Marty Walsh 461
Most Meritorious Rowan Teece - Jack 502 Aidan Kane - EP 450 Tristan Taylor - Python Snake 3000
Cadet Name 1ST        
Snapper Matthew Hutchins 505        
Mulloway Sam Osborne 1050        
Tailor Rhys Riches 398        
Whiting Dillon Graham 405        
Bream Tas Degroot 413        
Blackfish Johny Gibson 424        
Flathead Matthew Hutchins 940        
Bass Finn Kelly 462        
Most Meritorious Ben Rupnik - Teraglin 580        
Junior Name 1ST        
Snapper Francis Rupnik 341        
Bream Starzi Porter 372        
Blackfish Oliver Rupnik 398        
Flathead Tahlia Robson 805        
Bass Jordan Walsh 417        
Most Meritorious Mikaela Robson - Jew 978        

 

Daily - Sunday Results

 

Adult Name 1ST
Snapper Reece Thompson 925
Pearl Perch Craig Warwick 368
Mulloway Bernard Richter 1110
Tailor Peter Watts 511
King/Cobia Andrew Fensom 910
AJ/Sambo Ben Graham 830
Whiting Alexander Klassen 447
Bream Ben Frost 430
Blackfish Cassandra Rupnik 415
Flathead Kim Nathan Richter 1004
Bass Keefe Spann 530
Most Meritorious Natalie Reynalds - Estuary cod 665
Cadet Name 1ST
Snapper Matthew Hutchins 505
Mulloway Bryce Morrissey 830
Tailor    
Whiting Dane Wilson  399
Bream Tas Degroot 412
Blackfish Ben Rupnik 400
Flathead Scott Axisa 685
Bass    
Most Meritorious Johnny Gibson - EP 348
Junior Name 1ST
Snapper Francis Rupnik 341
Bream Ryan Kernaghan 361
Blackfish Oliver Rupnik 398
Flathead Oliver Rupnik 575
Bass Ryan Kernaghan 375
Most Meritorious Mikaela Robson - Jew 978

 

 

Daily - Saturday Results

 

Adult Name 1ST
Snapper x  
Pearl Perch x  
Mulloway Adam Thomas  1270
Tailor Peter Watts 695
King/Cobia x  
AJ/Sambo x  
Whiting Alex Klassen 432
Bream Neil Lollback 423
Blackfish Michael Rupnik 420
Flathead Scott Carriage 747
Bass Andrew McLennon 455
Most Meritorious Natalee Reynolds - Estuary Cod 620
Cadet Name 1ST
Snapper x  
Mulloway Sam Osborne 105
Tailor    
Whiting Dillon Graham (need photo) 405
Bream Tas Degroot 413
Blackfish John Gibson 424
Flathead John Gibson 502
Bass Dylan Walsh 395
Most Meritorious Moray Eel 900
Junior Name 1ST
Snapper x  
Bream Starzi Porter 372
Blackfish Liam Johnson 336
Flathead Brayden William Pracy 555
Bass Jordan Walsh 417
Most Meritorious Jemma French - Stingray 600+

 Daily - Friday Results

Adult Name 1ST
Snapper x  
Pearl Perch x  
Mulloway Mitch Bailey 1202
Tailor Henry Phillips 500
King/Cobia x  
AJ/Sambo x  
Whiting Robert Graham 433
Bream Dennis Baker 390
Blackfish Ben Briffa 405
Flathead Mal Hancock 900
Bass Andrew Paterson 436
Most Meritorious Rowan Teece - Jack 502
Cadet Name 1ST
Snapper x  
Mulloway    
Tailor Rhys Riches 398
Whiting Dillon Graham 376
Bream Harry Binney 405
Blackfish Rhys Riches 403
Flathead Ryan James 545
Bass Finn Kelly 462
Most Meritorious Dane Wilson - EP 390
Junior Name 1ST
Snapper x  
Bream Francis Rupnik 34.2
Blackfish Oliver Rupnik 33.5
Flathead Tahlia Robson 805
Bass Rhody Porter 365
Most Meritorious Archie Mason 363

 

Daily - Thursday Results

 

Adult Name 1ST
Snapper x  
Pearl Perch x  
Tailor    
King/Cobia x  
AJ/Sambo x  
Whiting Ben Briffa 416
Bream Carl Degroot 421
Blackfish Martin Bewg 400
Flathead Rob Lynn 930
Bass Allan Joblin 463
Most Meritorious Ben Frost - Mangrove Jack 410
Cadet Name 1ST
Snapper x  
Mulloway    
Tailor    
Whiting Dillon Graham 390
Bream Tas Degroot 373
Blackfish Finn Kelly 376
Flathead Matthew Hutchins 940
Bass Rhys Riches 354
Most Meritorious    
Junior Name 1ST
Snapper x  
Bream Ethan Dodds 34.6
Blackfish Jake Nay 35.8
Flathead Chayse McKay 682
Bass Jordan Walsh 378
Most Meritorious Chase Sheppard - Estuary Perch 340