Event organiser Drew McGrath with a top quality bass, that will be returned to the river after the weigh in.
Event organiser Drew McGrath with a top quality bass, that will be returned to the river after the weigh in. Ross Kendall

Bass fishermen ready to Rumble on Wilsons River

LOCALS Adrian Melchoir and 17-year old Dylan Walsh were among the winners of the inaugural Wilsons River Rumble fishing competition held in Lismore over the weekend.

Mr Melchoir came third in the professional category with a 2.87 kilograms of bass behind overall winner Mitchell Cone (3.84kg) and Tom Slater (3.58kg).

Mr Walsh won the Co-Angler category ahead of Garry Harman (2.48kg) and Mark Petersen (1.99kg).

Anglers in the bass fishing competition were judged on the total weight of their best four fish, organiser Drew McGrath from BASS Australia Nation said.

Over 70 boats getting involved in the first competition of its type in Lismore.

"It's gone really well," Mr McGrath said.

The was also a remarkable quality and quantity of fish getting hooked in the catch and release event, he said.

"A couple of fisherman caught well over 50 fish each" across the four days of the event, he said.

But some also came away empty handed.

Bass were a fish that all went for the one type of food source at the same time, "they patterned up," he said.

If your tackle combination matches what they want, you can catch a lot of fish, he said.

Although not as bulky as some bass found around the country, the length was very good he said.

It also looked very healthy as well, he said.

The Lismore Council has been very supportive of the event, and Mr Mcgrath said the competition would be coming back next year.



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