Burrinjuck's big day

The first round of the Yellow Belly Championships, held at Burrinjuck Dam, went well at the weekend.

The weather wasn’t perfect but lots of fish were snagged and the feedback from visitors has been positive.

There were 42 teams that took part, travelling from as far afield as Shepparton in the south and Moree in the north.

On Friday and Saturday Burrinjuck got very strong gusty winds which saw many boats being swamped with waves when returning after the first fishing session on Saturday morning. Sunday again brought rain.

It wasn’t the greatest weather for a weekend of fishing but it did add to the fun.

Burrinjuck fished well considering the impact of the weather, with 155 fish brought back to the weigh master.

The average length was 39.4 cm. All fish were released.

This year saw the introduction of the skins type format, which seems to be a real hit with anglers.

Results

Total fish caught and released: 155

Total length of fish: 60.996 metres

Average: 394 mm

Session 1

1st: Conobolas Marine Centre, Daniel Finn and Stephen Schrader

2nd: Yass Outdoor Sports and Camping, Dave Brown and Rob Brown

3rd: Fish Strike Productions, Shane Jones and Roman Dicovski

Session 2

1st: Conobolas Marine Centre, Daniel Finn and Stephen Schrader

2nd: Bromar Engineering, Courtney Hunter and Josh Liebich

3rd: Team Bassin, John Hutchins and Denis Piggot

Session 3

1st: Star Gully Miners, Brett Bembrick and Kerry Aston

2nd: Conobolas Marine Centre, Daniel Finn and Stephen Schrader

3rd: Bromar Engineering, Courtney Hunter and Josh Liebich

Overall

1st: Conobolas Marine Centre, Daniel Finn and Stephen Schrader, 15/15 for 6249mm

2nd: Star Gully Miners, Brett Bembrick and Kerry Aston

3rd: Bromar Engineering, Courtney Hunter and Josh Liebich

Congratulations to all the winners and participants. See you all at Keepit for the next round of the competition.

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