Club Marine was proud to be both an event and team sponsor at this year’s Forster Fishing Carnival in the waters of Wallis Lake in New South Wales.
By all accounts, the nine days of fishing that took place from March 12 to 20 were fantastic. There were 362 competitors in events covering FFC seniors, juniors, Squidgies Flathead Classic, ABT Megabucks and the BETS round. Over 500 bream, flathead whiting and luderick were caught and released.
According to Brett Hopley, team leader, of the ‘Two Water Hole/Club Marine Team’, it was the smallest member of his team, Harrison, who proved to be the best fisherman. Harrison won the prize for biggest flathead in the junior section two times in a row (49cm and 42cm).
Harrison missed out on winning the major prize of a Hobie Kayak in the final prize draw. It was held on the 19th of March and his name was the first drawn. Unfortunately, Harrison and Brett had to attend a cousin’s christening in Port Macquarie on the same day. He is still not happy.
The members of the ‘Two Water Hole/Club Marine Team’ team were Brett Hopley, his father Bert Hopley, his son Harrison Hopley and Brett Northcote.
Brett claims that people came up to them every night asking if they worked for Club Marine because of their shirts (which he promises were washed every day).
“Club Marine’s sponsorship was a great talking point for us and our fellow competitors,” said Brett. “The nightly prize of a $200 voucher for insurance was also highly sought after.”
For complete results of the Forster Fishing Carnival, visit www.greatlakes.org.au.
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