Keen fisherman is wax lyrical
By Leigh Pritchard
Local knowledge and a smelly wax helped Darren 'Dizzy' Borg clinch the Berkley Clarence Bream Tournament Challenge at Maclean on the weekend.
Mr Borg, of Iluka, won more than $3000 in prizes and qualified for the grand final in the 2006 Ford Couriers Bream Series. He said after finding most fish were upriver on Friday, he had decided fish from the Grafton bridge towards Maclean.
"A lot of the other good fishermen found the same spot ... everyone had the same plan," he said.
Mr Borg said 10 minutes before the start on Saturday he changed his plan. He steered his boat, Attack Boat, in the opposite direction to Browns Rock.
"It was a gamble ? usually you go to where the fish are," Mr Borg said. "That's pretty much what done it."
Each day anglers, who came from across Australia, handed in their five biggest bream, which were weighed at Centenary Park, then released back into the Clarence River.
Mr Borg's 10 bream weighed 6.04 kilograms, the largest was about one kg and measured 36 centimetres.
He said a catch and release tournament meant there was no damage to resources.
"The anglers win, the fish win and the local businesses win," he said.
"There was good fish caught all the way from Grafton to the coast.'
Mr Borg said he and nonboater winner Wayne Lodington, of Ballina, used a lure scent he created called Dizzy Wax in a spice flavour. He is trying to market the product.