2019 Classic Wrap-Up and Results
Well the great weekend of family, friends, fishing , food and fun for 2019 has now wrapped up for another year. The organizers have caught up on many weeks of lost sleep and are evaluating the new additions to the program. This year saw the addition of a free fishing and boating seminar and Play to Learn activities for the littlies and sensory circus workshop for the kids. Also Instead of an eating competition cake decorating activity was added for the kids and proved very popular as they got to eat their creations!
Although anglers didn’t have the option of donating their catch this year the up side is that we know they got to enjoy the best that Bowen has to offer in fresh fish. The heavily weighted fish were a little scarce as the wind kept anglers with smaller boats or families closer to shore. But the $ 77000 worth of prizes had to go home with someone and many happy faces where photographed with the host of prizes donated by local and regional businesses. The biggest fish for the comp weighed was a Spanish mackerel at 20.2kg. The ladies once again shone out with their fishing this year and weighed in some great catches. On ya fellas for supporting the ladies and including them in your fishing adventures. Getting out on the water is known to help with stress levels and just makes some people feel better, and that anything is possible, hence recreational fishing is a great Australian pass time for all ages. The Bowen Fishing classic was one of the very first to include Juniors and has had a full Junior Comp ever since its inception in 1991.
The entertainment - now this was second to none - a show that you ‘d be sorry you missed. The lead singer of the Australian INXS tribute show was definitely channelling Michael Hutchinson when they performed as the late night band on Saturday night. The revellers danced, sung along and enjoyed the music that took the world by storm, turning rock, pop, and funk into a cutting edge, danceable style. The afternoons music program had Graham Howle who was vocally mesmerising and authentic and the Local talented Dee Jays dance school brightened they crowd both visually and musically. As day turned to night the 3 piece band Hybrid from the Whitsundays let everyone sit back and enjoy the sunset with moving and energetic tunes. A14 the seasoned cover band played their captivating performance with many a patron enjoying the pub/modern rock into the night. A laid back Sunday on the shores of Port Denison started out with a fun run and breaky beachside before the weigh in kicked off at 10.30am The ever popular, fun but controversial, dash for cash for both male and female patrons on the foreshore went off at 2.30pm as did a lure casting comp with Barefoot Fisherman Dave Hodge as host. Local band Headrush entertained the crowd as anticipation built up before presentations.
The Senior Lucky Entrant winner of the $37140 boating package was Taliah Jensen of Bowen- who bought 2 tickets herself this year instead of her Dad buying them and the Junior Lucky entrant of the $6940 Junior boating package was Jemina Deveroux of Townsville whose family had just gotten home to Townsville after participating in the weigh-in “so they did actually wet a Line”. Both winners will no doubt will be taking to the water real soon.
The Classic crew sincerely thank ALL sponsors from the 22 major sponsors to the smaller business who are struggling in Bowen but STILL support this event. A very small dedicated band of volunteers bring the event to the shores of Bowen every year and the efforts of these dedicated and stressed few cannot go unrewarded, so please let anyone you know who gives up their time and their families and say thanks for a great weekend!