Mitch Cooper with a Mangrove Jack
by The Chandlery Bait and Tackle
You all know our 2021 Catch and Release Mangrove Jack Competition, and what a turn out we had. The comp ran for two months with 68 anglers.
The aim was to get three legal fish to make up a bag to get on the scoreboard and upgrade from there with your next biggest fish and man there were some fish caught!
Competitors could fish the whole of the Great Sandy Strait, from the back end of the TCB Inlet, Mullens Creek, right up to Urangan Pier, over to Moon Point and back down the Western Side of Fraser to the Wide Bay Bar.
We had a total of 120 fish caught to make up the full bags, including upgrades, and there were another 65 fish that were recorded that did not make up a full bag.
Then there were the fish that were not counted by anglers as there was not an upgrade for them. That’s a lot of angry red fish if you ask me and it’s a sign of how good the population is. Here are the results:
Winner of biggest bag: Mal Kay with a total of 155.50points
Largest fish: Hairs Hadziosmanovic, 550mm
Mystery length: John Maslen Jr, 400mm
Photo comp: Jed Lee
Along with lucky door prizes, our total prize pool was valued at over $2500! We would like to thank our generous sponsors, without their support this competition wouldn’t be possible. So a big thank you to, Wilson Fishing, EJ Todd, Spotters and BJ Custom Rods.