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.
Related: The last weigh-in