GALLERY: Fishing comp returns 'bigger, stronger, better'
FOR long-time anglers in the Mundubbera region, this year's winner of the Three Rivers Fishing Classic 2019 was no surprise.
It was Greg Green, who has been fishing in the region for around 45 years and only been beaten a handful of times to the title of overall champion angler at the Classic, which was held last weekend for the first time since 2016.
At the Saturday lunch weigh-in, Green presented the largest senior yellow belly (1.37kg), bass (0.975kg) and spangled perch (0.11kg).
At the Saturday evening weigh-in, he presented the largest senior bass (0.71kg), spangled perch (0.065kg) and fork-tail catfish (2.3kg).
He also claimed the largest senior yellow belly at the Sunday weigh-in (0.84kg), to claim the ultimate prize.
Unlike other anglers, Green said he is happy to share his spot.
"I'll share exactly where I caught every fish if you want,” he said.
"In the Auburn (River), under a big log right next to Ross Wallis' foot valve, 10ft below that.”
Green said the secret when fishing during the daytime is to target shady areas.
"Fish (in the sun) all day, you won't get anything except a few fork-tail catfish,” he said.
Tyronne Merrett was crowned junior champion angler, while Jacob Rein and Jack Smith received junior encouragement awards for falling just short.
Mundubbera Anglers and Fish Stocking Association treasurer Nigel Adams said it was an "unbelievable result” to get 185 nominations despite clashing with the Eidsvold Races and the Bjelke-Petersen Dam Inland Fishing Classic.
"We are hoping to have it as an annual event... it nearly folded a few years ago, but it's come back bigger, better stronger and we hope to keep it going,” Mr Adams said.
Other notable catches for the weekend included: Baxter Wernecke's 1.43kg bass at the Saturday launch weigh-in, Ethan Hammelswang's 4.345kg fork-tail catfish and Baxter Werenecke's 1.29kg yellow belly; Ray Mesner's 1.785kg yellow belly at the Saturday evening weigh-in; and Jacob Rein's 1.255kg bass at the Sunday weigh-in.