Lions Charity Greenback Fishing Competition
The major fundraising event for the club is the Greenback Fishing Competition held on Queen's Birthday Weekend in June 11 & 12 and THIS YEAR IS THE EVENT'S 30th YEAR We are Back this Year better than ever. Visit our new Greenback Website at www.lionsgreenback.com (site currently under construction and is available now for enquiries Lions Greenback Coordinator
Lions Greenback Fishing Competition Roundup June 2014
Cabarita Beach once again welcomed avid fishing enthusiasts from across the country for the 29th annual Lions Greenback Charity Fishing Competition held over the Queen’s birthday long weekend. Anglers aged five to eighty signed on at 12 noon Saturday and hit the water with lines baited, with their Greenback fishing caps on, in high hopes of luring the grand prize of the heaviest Tailor. Enthusiastic and exhausted entrants returned with bags of Tailor, Mulloway, Bream, Black Bream, Swallowtail, Tarwhine, Flathead, and Whiting, and plenty of stories, for the official weigh-in which closed at 10am Sunday.
The Cabarita Surf Club cooked up a hearty breakfast for all entrants whilst they waited for the official results of the weigh-in conducted by the Pottsville Fishing Club, under the watchful eye of the NSW Department of Fisheries. With 46 categories to be selected for prizes the weigh in circle was very busy. Even if entrants didn’t win the grand prize, or totally missed out on that elusive catch, there were in excess 40 entrants ‘lucky draw’ prizes up for grabs, including holidays donated by The Beach, Cabarita and North Coast Holiday Parks. The prize pool totalled over $30,000 dollars.
The Tailor Fishing competition attracted a field of over 500 anglers who competed in four divisions, Mens, Veterans, Ladies, and Juniors (under 16). Frank Ott of Banora Point won first prize for heaviest Greenback, weighing in at 4.75 kilos, Frank took home $1500 in cash donated by the Cabarita Hotel and electrical goods valued at $500 donated by Rory Curtis, The Good Guys, South Tweed. Hoss McGrath, of Byron Bay, won second prize for his Greenback catch, weighing in at 3.31 kilos. Hoss was also the winner of the Veteran’s division, and the Arab Memorial Trophy for the heaviest bag overall, including a Mulloway weighing in at a whopping 21 kilos. Hoss was rewarded with $1000 sponsored by J Fowler Building Services and electrical goods to the value of $500 donated by The Good Guys. Weighing in at 13.29 kilos, was another Mulloway, caught by Women’s Division winner Jodie Bussian of Sandstone Point, QLD.
The day was filled with entertainment from the Alderman Brothers Band, Caba Creative Market Stalls, and the Hoopla Circus. Local and visitors enjoyed the festival atmosphere and the beautiful beach location.
The massive fish auction with 120 bags of fresh fish sold, raised $3915. The Kingscliff fishing club did a fantastic job bagging and labelling the fish and the Leos and junior members of the surf life savers presented them on stage. Meat and seafood raffles were conducted by Tweed District Volunteer Rescue Association throughout the day. The Lions Club major raffle was drawn on the day and was won by Anthony Carrol.
Photos from the 2014 Greenback
Jodie Bussian - winner ladies division and Frank Ott - winner heaviest Greenback
Winner of the boat Anthony Carrol
Mal Peirce VRA and 21kg Mulloway caught by Veteran's Division winner Hoss McGrath and son Bailey