ANZAC weekend we headed to Burrinjuck, one of the most scenic venues on our calendar and the weather was perfect. It was a great round of the Jackall Australian Yellowbelly Championships with 44 teams competing over 2 sessions Saturday 7am – 3pm and Sunday 7am – 11am. Teams landed a total of 350 Yellowbelly with an average length of 426mm.
Majority of teams chose to target fish in 10 to 20 metres of water near trees. Most opted to use a 1/4 oz jighead and paddle tail plastics slowly rolling it vertically
It was super close throughout the weekend with only 100mm between the top 4 teams going into the last session with only 40mm separating 1st and second
First place went to Team Gotcha – Michael Collison and Aaron Graham with 12/12 for 5796mm
Second place Loomzys Fish n Fix – Jamie Loomes and Paul Browne with 12/12 for 5767mm
Third place went to Dynamite – Toby Anderson and John Anderson with 12/12 for 5572mm
WILSON FISHING BIGGEST YELLOWBELLY
This award went to Team Canberra Dingo with a 573mm chunky Yella
BIG YELLATIME BIGGEST BAG
Congratulations to Loomzys Fish N Fish who had the biggest bag and lead on Day 1 with 8/8 for 3901mm
THE SHIMANO SHOOT OUT IS RED HOT THIS YEAR!
For Anglers the Shoot Out is a blast and a great chill out session all rolled into one. It’s super social and Anglers quite often mix it up jumping in and fishing with other Anglers (not always in their registered team). At 4pm they lined up for a shot gun start with the faster boats at the front. It was spectacular watching Aaron Huppatz leading the field into the first bend in his Nitro this weekend.
The Anglers had one hour to chase down the biggest Yellowbelly they could find. The winner of the Shimano Shoot Out this weekend was 8 year old Tyler Rayner with a 530mm cracker on his first drop near a tree in the main basin.
To view the Overall Results go to Yellowbelly Championship > Leaderboards
Great to see so many Anglers enjoying themselves and we hope to see you all at Lake Keepit on the 28th & 29th May.
Special thanks to Wendy & Dean from Burrinjuck State Parks for their hospitality & all teams that competed.
Tyler Rayner with a 530mm cracker on his first drop near a tree in the main basin