Bellingen Eel Fishing Championships 2018

2018 Eel Fishing Champion Kyra Clarke with the ‘Waterhole Wal’ Perpetual Trophy

2018 Eel Fishing Champion Kyra Clarke with the ‘Waterhole Wal’ Perpetual Trophy

Another fun and successful week of eel fishing saw some big eels being weighed-in and then released live back into the river.  Although numbers were down this year those who entered were keen and very excited at weigh-in.

In its 32nd year this Eel Fishing Championships is one of a kind and we still hold the Australian record with a monster eel caught by Jai Storr in 2009 weighing a massive 11.65kg

This year’s results for the Biggest Eel each day –  a Small “Eel” Trophy presented to

Day 1 – Fin Fredriksen  - 6.05kg

Day 2 – Kyra Clarke – 8.7kg

Day 3 – Eli Williams – 4.8kg

Day 4 – Logan Clarke – 4.9kg

Day 5 – Kyra Clarke – 5.2kg

Day 6 – Logan Clarke – 4.1kg

Day 7 – Lenni Fredriksen  – 5.7kg

Liveliest Eel – $20 gift card kindly donated by MO Tackle Coffs Harbour:

Day 1 – Eli Williams

Day 2 – Bass Fredriksen  

Day 3 – Ash Woollard

Day 4 – Lenni Fredriksen  

Day 5 – Logan Clarke

Day 6 – Ernie Osland

Day 7 – Fin Fredriksen  

Small “Eel” Trophy for the Best Eel by

A Boy – Fin Frederiksen – 6.05kg

A Girl – Kyra Clarke – 8.7kg

A Man  – Jai Storr – 8.9kg

A Boy – Shelby Osland – 5.1kg

Most weight of eels for the entire week – 27.25kg – went to Fin Fredriksen, $50 cash donated by the Eel Fishing Committee.

And drum roll please: the 2018 Bellingen Eel Fishing Champion and winner of the ‘Waterhole Wal’ Perpetual Trophy is Kyra Clarke 8.7kg.

Many thanks to our kind sponsors Bellingen Lions Club, Urunga Anglers Club, North Bellingen Providore, MO Tackle Coffs Harbour, DPI Fisheries, our barbecue crew and servers and weigh master Matt Osland.   

Wal Tyson with the Liveliest Eel winners

Wal Tyson with the Liveliest Eel winners