The winner of last year’s annual Cooktown Barramundi Fishing Competition is looking to take home another win at the Sovereign Resort Hotel event.
Local man Steve Law took home the first place prize of a brand new tinny after catching the fish closest to the mystery weight of 3.43 kg.
“I’m really forward to doing it again this year and supporting the Sovereign,” he said.
Though it’s against competition rules to win the tinny again, Mr Law says he’d be thrilled to take out another prize, describing himself as a competitive man.
“You’ve got to be in it to win it,” he laughed.
He caught the winning barra at Lakefield last year, but this year’s fishing spot is still top secret.
“I’ve certainly got a location in mind but that’s private and confidential for now!”
He encouraged newcomers to “just toss your hat in the ring” and have fun while they’re at it.
“What are you going to say, just be throwing your lure in around the stags and work those lures,” he said.
A Quintrex 460 Renegade S.C is up for grabs to the fisher who snags the barra closest to this year’s mystery weight.
Sovereign Resort manager Dave Webber said the boat is worth close to $40,000 this year.
“From 2.1 kg all the way through to 8.6 kg in little 50-gram increments, we pull out a mystery weight after all the fish are weighed,” he said.
He explained that all prizes are based on proximity to the mystery weight, so anyone who makes a catch has a chance to win.
“Even a 13 or 14-year-old could win the first prize,” he said.
All fish is to be presented by 12 pm on Sunday 29 October when the weigh-in presentation is to begin. For more information visit https://www.sovereignresort.com.au/events-functions/annual-barra-competition/