Don’t miss fishing bonanza as an Aussie hits the big time
THE NORTH Coast Fishing Bonanza is in full swing but there's still plenty of time to enter in pursuit of catch-and-photograph fun and valuable prizes.
Sign-on is at Fawcett Park, Ballina from 8.30am, with photo submissions from noon-5pm today and tomorrow and until 2.30pm tomorrow.
Info talks will be held from 4pm today and tomorrow with entertainment, barbecue and refreshments from 5pm and plenty of prize giveaways throughout proceedings.
The big prize presentations start at 3.30pm tomorrow, culminating in the major prize draw of the $27,000 Tabs boat and Evinrude outboard and the $11,000 boat for cadets.
You don't even need to go fishing to be eligible for the main prize draws, just be there.
All boat owners and skippers must produce current insurance and licences at registration and when juniors/cadets register they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
The fishing area includes the Tweed and Clarence rivers and Toonumbar and Clarrie Hall Dam.
Anglers can enter the open competition for $120, cadets (13-16) are $50 and juniors 12 and under are $15, with family discounts available. Visit http://fishingcomps.com.au/ncfb.
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Carl cracks it
THERE'S no bigger fishing comp in the world than the one Carl Jocumsen, 29, of Toowoomba has just been asked to join.
The bass nut, who as a teen used to get his mum to drive him to Aussie comps, has qualified among the top 100 US bass anglers.
Carl finished in the top three of the Central Division Bassmaster Opens in Muskogee, Oklahoma and will enter the big time.
He will join the lucrative 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series, where the tournaments have seven-figure prize pools and the field includes the creme de la creme of US tournament bass anglers.
He is the first Australian and the first person from a non-largemouth bass fishery to join the Elite Series, where the drive-through live weigh-ins are held in stadiums packed with up to 80,000 spectators.
He didn't do it easily, competing in a huge number of events all over the US on tourist visas since 2011, often sleeping in his pickup truck to save money and get on the water early.
Among his sponsors are Yamaha, Skeeter Australia, Millerrods and local lure makers Bassman Spinnerbaits.
Carl's achievement is already approaching those of Andrew Bogut in the NBA and Lauren Jackson in the WNBA, and he lists among his fishing mates motorcycle ace Casey Stoner, so he's in good company.