2013 Kurrimine Beach

Creek and Outer Reef Fishing Competition

Thank you to everyone for supporting Kurrimine Beach Fishing Club.



They certainly breed ‘em tough at Kurrimine Beach. Tough fish, tough boats and tough boat tractors.

Although the fishermen, women and children who participated in the second annual Kurrimine Beach Creek and Outer Reef Fishing and Spearfishing Competition were well and truly rewarded for their efforts.

Over 800 fishers and spear fishers enjoyed the perfect blend of amazing fishing opportunities close to shore and many family engaging activities on our pristine shores last weekend.

I was enthralled at the very generous support we received from anglers near and far. No doubt the glorious weather conditions played a big hand in encouraging families to pack up the boat and head for the Cassowary Coast. The 6 thousand dollar draws over the course of the weekend created a huge interest from the crowd at the Friday night briefing and Saturday nights Brag Night.

As we wind down after the momentous weekend, I would like to acknowledge the many locals that committed their time and energy to make the 2013 competition an amazing success.

Many club members worked tirelessly preparing marquees etc for the weekend whilst other members weighed in hundreds of fish at the weigh in stand at King Reef Resort.

The tractor drivers launched hundreds of boats both morning and afternoon to provide easy access to the inner and outer reefs.

Special thanks to Bob Blewit and Allan Ingrahm who ferried the skippers and their deck hands and their families to the main venue at the Progress Hall

I would like to acknowledge the enthusiastic nucleus of club members met each week for many months to organise the festivities for the weekend which included the following:

  • Pony Rides
  • Jumping Castles
  • Sand Castle building
  • Band
  • Inauguarl Mackeral Throwing Competition
  • Lure Casting Competition
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Bar and BBQ

I would sincerely like to thank the executive committee and all members who did the hard yards to make the weekend such a massive success.

This has grown to be much more than just a fishing competition.  It is a real celebration of community with a whole lot of fun thrown in to the mix!

Sunday’s presentation provided a wonderful opportunity to brag about the one that got away and the one that did make it to the freezer.  With 23 different Tournament Species categories in the fishing section and 7 in the spearfishing there were a lot of winners amongst the participants.

Senior Male Fishing Champion – Frank Zonta
Senior Female Fishing Champion – Kristy Soper
Junior Fishing Champion – Mitchell Catania

Overall Angler Champion – Frank Zonta won a 8 Hp Mercury outboard motor valued at $3200 proudly sponsored by Coastal Marine & Outdoors of Innisfail.

Senior Super Draw – Quintrex 420 Renegade TS Yamaha 40 Hp valued at $23 000 – won by Bill Soper sponsored by King Reef Resort and Kurrimine Beach Fishing Club

Junior Super Draw – Quintrex Dart 3.1 (4Hp Yamaha) value at $5000 sponsored by Kurrimine Beach Fishing Club – won by Tayla Pennell

Senior Male Spearfishing Champion – Ben Murray
Senior Female Spearfishing Champion – Stevie Andrews
Junior Spearfishing Champion – Jack Gallagher

Overall Champion Spearfisher – Ben Murray the Overall Champion Spearfisher won a Reel Cray Zee Charters 2 Day Free Dive/Spearfishing Charter Package for 4 people valued at $2000.

Meritorious Catch – Shanni Soper who caught and videoed the catching of a 12.72kg Gold Spot Cod on light line – won a chest freezer donated by The Mellick’s Centre at Innisfail.