by Drew Gardiner
Last month saw the final weigh in and close of the first annual Gardiner Fisheries, Alvey whiting championship.
The competition drew fishermen and women from the Gold Coast to Hervey Bay with fierce rivalry as anglers fished hard right to the dying hours.
It is a testament to Rainbow Beach seeing so many quality fish weighed in over the competition.
The beach fisherman outdid the boaties this year.
Solid fish in the 400-500g gilled and gutted range were common place with the largest whiting caught by local beach fisherman Cedric Byrne. At 40cm and 540g cleaned, Cedric’s fish took first place and the $600 cash and prizes.
Runner up in the adults division were Matthew Gardiner of Bracken Ridge and Gary Enkleman of Gympie with fish of 515g and 485g respectively.
Junior Division saw a whiting Queen crowned. Sophie Treloar of Boompa took out the prizes and cash with her 37.5cm, 400g whiting. Second and third place was help by Jye Treloar with 375 and 360g fish.
The final weigh in and BBQ was a great way to meet other competitors, relax and share secrets.
For those who didn’t want to give too much of next years game plan away, special Guest Sean ‘Skip’ Thompson from Ontour Fishing Australia was on hand to help improve everyone’s techniques for next year.
Congratulations to all competitors who entered the competition. It was an awesome first turnout and will go a great way to make next year’s competition even bigger.
A massive thanks to our sponsors Alvey Reels Australia, Salty Gear fishing apparel and special guest Skip for all the support.
Bring on the 2020 comp!