The fifth Pirtek Fishing Challenge was held on Sunday, 24 March with 7500 anglers from all over Australia competing in the one-day event from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm. The Challenge is a catch and release tournament with anglers photographing their prized catch of the day and then uploading the photo for judging. This year there were 20 target species spread across the nation and seven prizes up for grabs for each target species - a total of 140 prizes.

Fish that stretched the longest across the brag mat would be in contention for a share of the $145,000 in cash and prizes. Pirtek Fluid Systems injected an incredible $70,000 cash ($4,000 and $2000 for mystery length fish) along with Berkley, Lowrance, Roman Camping, BCF and BLA supplying prize packs for first, second, third, fourth and junior prizes.

The On The Water prize draw saw six lucky winners take home a swag of prizes, including a 75hp Evinrude E-tec outboard engine valued at $13,000; Ocean Kayak Prowler with fish finder, paddle and vest valued at $4400; Lowrance HDS-8m Chartplotter valued at $2299; Roman Camping prize pack valued at $2004; $2000 Berkley Fishing Pack; and $1800 gift voucher from BCF.

Winners were announced on Saturday 30 March via the website

Michael Guest, director of the event commented, "There were some terrific catches this year with many of the categories separated by millimetres or count-back. Our sincere thanks go to Pirtek and associate sponsors for once again supporting this great event."

Weather conditions were contrasting on the day. Lashing rain and storms in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania made for tough fishing conditions; while the rest of Australia seemed to fare much better. Once again family teams had a lot of success winning senior and junior divisions in some of the target species.

Pirtek Fluid Systems Group General Manager, Stephen Dutton has been excited by the company's involvement in an event that encompasses so much of the community. He commented, "We were delighted to see a record number of anglers out on the water this year."

"100% of the every registration fee goes directly to PCFA to further support research and awareness programs. Pirtek and our franchisees would like to thank everyone who participated and are looking forward to hosting the Challenge in 2014."

State Place Species Length First Surname Suburb
NSW/ACT 1st Bass 48.0cm Ky Hallinan Eden
  2nd   47.5cm Karl DeGroot East Ballina
  3rd   47.0cm Ben Parker Bowraville
  4th   46.9cm Tom Pearce Bega
  Jr 1st   43.5cm Nelson Ivanoff Jamberoo
  Jr 2nd   41.2cm Brandon Brahe Gillieston Heights
  Mystery Length Bass 36.0cm 36.0cm Daniel Murrell Adamstown
NSW/ACT 1st Bream 43.0cm Peter Godfrey North Nowra
  2nd   42.3cm Peter Boyle Sussex Inlet
  3rd   42.0cm Matt Rich Huskisson
  4th   41.0cm Rhys Nelson Ballina
  Jr 1st   41.7cm William Markham Tea Gardens
  Jr 2nd   40.9cm Lucas Gilchrist Taree
  Mystery Length Bream 35.5cm 35.5cm Mitchell White South Nowra
NSW/ACT 1st Flathead 97.2cm Edward Nicholson Horsley
  2nd   93.8cm Ken Bowen Blacktown
  3rd   89.0cm Jeff Budd Tamworth
  4th   86.9cm Travers O'Meally Seelands
  Jr 1st   87.0cm Tyler Walkey Morisset
  Jr 2nd   85.0cm Taj Busch Coledale
  Mystery Length Flathead 62.5cm 62.6cm Allan Worsnop Charnwood
NSW/ACT 1st Whiting 43.3cm Rick Crocker Lake Cathie
  2nd   43.0cm Albert Scott Ourimbah
  3rd   42.2cm Alex Kaluzyn West Pennant Hills
  4th   41.3cm Douglas Jones New Lambton
  Jr 1st   40.1cm Travis North St Marys
  Jr 2nd   38.7cm Bernard Richter Ballina
  Mystery Length Whiting 36.5cm 36.7cm Michael Freund Edgeworth
MDB 1st European Carp 80.4cm Jason Price Ngunnawal
  2nd   80.0cm Nathan Milkovits Hughes
  3rd   79.0cm Cohen McCormick South Yarra
  4th   78.4cm Wes Crozier Pooncarie
  Jr 1st   79.0cm Dillan Webber Cootamundra
  Jr 2nd   74.2cm Sam Wright Orange
  Mystery Length European Carp 61.0cm 61.0cm Stephen Constable Kelso
MDB 1st Golden Perch 61.6cm David Ammerlaan Gruyere
  2nd   61.5cm Brenden Ford Portland
  3rd   60.4cm Josh Davidson Shepparton
  4th   60.0cm Daniel Ford Wagga Wagga
  Jr 1st   46.6cm Tui Fraser Pittsworth
  Jr 2nd   46.4cm William Fahy Dubbo
  Mystery Length Golden Perch 45.0cm 45.0cm John Hutchins Goulburn
MDB 1st Redfin 48.5cm Tony Stibbard Glen Innes
  2nd   45.4cm Mark Hollis Bundarra
  3rd   42.3cm Ricky Wetherall Glen Innes
  4th   42.0cm Simon Paunovic Orange
  Jr 1st   44.0cm Brandon Allen Tumut
  Jr 2nd   43.3cm Cory Mather Glen Innes
  Mystery Length Redfin 29.0cm 28.9cm Edward Williamson Colac
NT 1st Barramundi 94.2cm John Clarke Johnston
  2nd   91.0cm Phil Lachlan Gray Palmerston
  3rd   81.2cm Jason Vincent Katherine
  4th   76.0cm Max Magee Katherine
  Jr 1st   80.0cm James Arratta Wagait Beach
  Jr 2nd   NOT WON      
  Mystery Length Barramundi 82.5cm 82.0cm Peter Wilson Jabiru
QLD 1st Barramundi 119.0cm Peter Stallard Railway Estate
  2nd   114.0cm Trevor Nye Tannum Sands
  3rd   108.0cm Jim Ballin Mareeba
  4th   104.0cm Brett Ruck Cranbrook
  Jr 1st   105.3cm Justin Blackmur Mackay South
  Jr 2nd   70.0cm Logan Nye Tannum Sands
  Mystery Length Barramundi 84.0cm 82.3cm Roman Cussen Kirwan
QLD 1st Flathead 87.0cm Tyron Clark Helensvale
  2nd   85.0cm Scott Patchett Caloundra West
  3rd   84.6cm Jason Long Alexandra Hills
  4th   79.0cm Tim Swann Westlake
  Jr 1st   68.0cm Joshua Fitzpatrick Wellington Point
  Jr 2nd   62.0cm Kieran Wood Kallangur
  Mystery Length Flathead 61.5cm 61.4cm Caine Burgess Palmwoods
QLD 1st Whiting 43.0cm Rob Fay Redland Bay
  2nd   42.1cm Paul Kenderick Kunda Park
  3rd   41.0cm Heather Kenderick Kunda Park
  4th   41.0cm Paul Burgum-Mountford Nambour
  Jr 1st   36.2cm Rebecca Clarke Oxenford
  Jr 2nd   36.1cm Jack Anderson Narangba
  Mystery Length Whiting 38.0cm 38.0cm Chris Howell Clontarf
SA 1st Australian Salmon 38.9cm Alister Geering Lucindale
  2nd   36.9cm Tracey Muntz Parndana
  3rd   35.4cm Darren Zippel Ceduna
  4th   35.3cm Rebecca Cruse Whyalla Stuart
  Jr 1st   NOT WON      
  Jr 2nd   NOT WON      
  Mystery Length Australian Salmon 53.0cm 49.0cm Mark Geering Lucindale
SA 1st King George Whiting 54.8cm Alan Liddell Windsor Gardens
  2nd   49.3cm Mick McCallum Tumby Bay
  3rd   46.5cm Jeremy Letton Lipson
  4th   45.8cm Max Nimmo Parndana
  Jr 1st   48.8cm Jacob Wilkins Tumby Bay
  Jr 2nd   47.5cm Wayne Letton Tumby Bay
  Mystery Length King George Whiting 47.0cm 47.0cm Tristan Kouwenhoven Port Lincoln
TAS 1st Flathead 60.3cm Matthew Brooks Latrobe
  2nd   53.8cm Jamie Harris Burnie
  3rd   45.5cm Brendan Turriff Relbia
  4th   44.9cm George Smith Opossum Bay
  Jr 1st   47.5cm Callum Poke Smithton
  Jr 2nd   40.0cm Carly Bird Launceston
  Mystery Length Flathead 46.0cm 46.4cm Gary Field Relbia
TAS 1st Brown Trout 61.0cm Benjamin Allan Trevallyn
  2nd   53.9cm Jason Folo Invermay
  3rd   53.6cm Malcolm Garwood Ridgley
  4th   53.3cm Jason Coates Kingston Beach
  Jr 1st   NOT WON      
  Jr 2nd   NOT WON      
  Mystery Length Brown Trout 41.0cm 40.7cm Evan Draayers Sandy Bay
VIC 1st = Bream 45.6cm Glen Farley Orbost
  1st =   42.9cm Jason Szkwarek Hazelwood North
  2nd   41.8cm Frank Healey Traralgon
  3rd   41.8cm John Laszczyk Newborough
  4th   41.2cm Jim Martin Maffra
  Jr 1st   42.0cm Nikita Farley Orbost
  Jr 2nd   40.6cm Nick Day Hampton
  Mystery Length Bream 38.0cm 38.0cm Mary Phillips Yarram
VIC 1st Flathead 73.3cm Ramon Voronov Narre Warren
  2nd   65.0cm Douglas Boyle Mallacoota
  3rd   64.6cm Peter Kenny Newmerella
  4th   64.2cm Troy Stevenson Cooma
  Jr 1st   56.0cm Jack Stockdale Koonwarra
  Jr 2nd   46.2cm Lachlan Fenner Orbost
  Mystery Length Flathead 58.0cm 58.0cm Chris Horn Maffra
WA (Sth) 1st Australian Salmon 80.0cm Donald Smith Denmark
  2nd   76.6cm Chris Sprigg Collie
  3rd   76.3cm Gary Sprigg Collie
  4th   74.2cm Gareth Chivers Dalyellup
  Jr 1st   NOT WON      
  Jr 2nd   NOT WON      
  Mystery Length Australian Salmon 52.0cm 67.0cm Daniel Sprigg Collie
WA (Sth) 1st Bream (black /yellowfin) 38.2cm Ben White Australind
  2nd   34.6cm Tim Bromley Useless Loop
  3rd   33.0cm Jackie Walton Australind
  4th   32.5cm Darryl Lees Halls Head
  Jr 1st   35.0cm Jack Robinson Newmerella
  Jr 2nd   34.0cm George McCrea Esperance
  Mystery Length Bream (black /yellowfin) 34.0cm 34.0cm Neil Grant Hallshead
WA (Nth) 1st Spangled Emperor 64.0cm Troy Cotter Wickham
  2nd   52.0cm Kristy Diable Karratha
  3rd   51.0cm David Diable Karratha
  4th   50.0cm Samuel Cox South Hedland
  Jr 1st   NOT WON      
  Jr 2nd   NOT WON      
  Mystery Length Spangled Emperor 48.0cm 47.5cm Logan Willering South Hedland
On The Water Prize Draw Winners"     1st Melanie Wells Worrigee
      2nd Damien Ellison St Clair
      3rd Joan Fitzsimons Bonny Hills
      4th Kevin Garton Raymond Terrace
      5th Jarrod Rowe Gladstone
      6th Ryan Pitts Ararat


Lisa Guest | Project Co-ordinator

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4 April 2013

Authorised by VIC 12/3187, SA T12/2455, NSW LTPS /12/10357, ACT TP12/04784.

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