Fishing fans will have the chance to rub shoulders with four of Australia’s top professional anglers during an Australian Fishing Championship meet and greet event at About Town Tackle and Bait tomorrow afternoon.
Team BCF’s Craig Griffiths and Karim De Ridder and Team Firefly’s Jon Millard and Luke Katsoros will mingle with locals from 4pm before competing in the inaugural Barra Series Burdekin round on Friday morning.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the two-hour event would include Q&A sessions with each team, and that there would be over $1,000 worth in prizes up for grabs.
“The Major Prize is a full day chartered fishing tour for two people, thanks to JC’s Guided Sportfishing,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“The prize also includes a family set of AFC fishing shirts, plus a reel and accessories, giving it a total value of over $9,500. We’ll also be drawing two Runners Up prizes, which include a family set of AFC Championship fishing shirts; four lures; and four head socks.”
The event marks the official opening of the inaugural Barra Series Burdekin Round, with Mr Griffiths calling the region’s inclusion a “logical extension” of the AFC Tour.
It’s also a welcome addition for Team Firefly, as both Mr Millard and Mr Katsoros currently live in Townsville.
Mr Millard said the Burdekin waterways were particularly sentimental for him.
“I’m looking forward to returning to the Burdekin as this is where I caught my first barra as a kid living in Townsville,” he said.
“It’ll be great to meet some local anglers and hopefully catch up with some people I already know who live in the area.”
The AFC, which was established in 2001, is considered the pinnacle of tournament fishing in Australia.
The competition is televised in Australia by channels Ten, Fox Sport, ONE and BCF TV. It is also televised internationally to a further 17 countries.
This is the first year in the competitions history that professional anglers will fish for saltwater barramundi.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the professional competition would stamp the region as a preeminent barramundi destination.
“In addition to the Australian Fishing Championships Barra Series Burdekin Round being broadcast across 18 countries, Council will receive a video and photography package which will be used in marketing the Burdekin as a must-see destination on the Australian Tourism map,” Cr McLaughlin said.
To be in the running for the Major and Runners Up Prizes, simply attend the AFC Barra Series Meet and Greet event between 4pm-6pm at About Town Bait and Tackle and fill in the raffle ticket provided.
For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Economic Development Section on (07) 4783 9800.