Wild bass comp
FOR the first time a bass fishing tournament was held in a wild river rather than a dam or other containment.
Casino’s Joey Urquhart said there was 380km of “fishable water” along the Richmond River at Coraki.
Fifty-six people competed, coming from Queensland, NSW and Victoria for the Spotters Australian Bass Tournament.
Urquhart managed to score third place with his bass.
“We had to deal with the tide given it was a river,” he said.
Each competitor catches four bass in each round. They end up with 12 fish and the best four are how they are scored.
“The winner’s bass was eight kilos plus,” Urquhart said.
All bass caught are returned to the river. “Not everyone knows it is catch and release,” Urquhart said.
“And it is fly casting only.”
The next Australian Bass Tournament will be held in Queensland where anglers will fish from a dam.
The winning bass was 8.7kg.
Urquhart’s bass weighed 6.6kg and for coming third he received $975.