18 October 2023

Over 1000 anglers expected for annual Cooktown fishing comp

| Chisa Hasegawa
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Three people stand behind last year's first place prize, a silver tinny.

Almost 1000 anglers will try their luck to win a brand new tinny at the nineth annual Sovereign Resort Hotel Barramundi Fishing Competition.

This year’s annual Sovereign Resort Hotel Barramundi Fishing Competition is back and predicted to be bigger than ever, with close to 1000 anglers expected to arrive in Cooktown this month.

With approximately $60,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, the competition is a chance for the whole family to try their luck and get together with their community.

“Every year, it’s just a really big effort in making a fun thing for all the communities around to come and enjoy,” resort manager Dave Webber said.

There will be two age categories: juniors for the 12 and under fishers and the adult category for 13 and over.

“The kids over 12 are in the adults division because we will treat them like they can all fish up here, so a 13 or 14 year old could win the first prize,” he explained.

A brand new Quintrex 460 Renegade S.C boat worth close to $40,000 will be awarded to the adult who manages to catch the fish closest to the mystery weight.

“Competitors can weigh in up to three barramundi per entry and we draw a mystery weight, which is from 2.1kg all the way through to 8.6kg,” he said.

Also included in the comp registration is a fun day at the resort with live music and a feed.

The resort has seen a surge in bookings since starting the event in 2015.

“We have whole groups of friends now that bring their friends and book out the apartments and it’s a really fun family atmosphere,” he said.

Registration will be accepted until 12pm October 28 at the Sovereign Resort Hotel reception, with fishing to commence at 7am on Friday October 27 and finishing at 11:30am on Sunday.

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