Gold Coast angler brims with cash

IT is a brave man who goes away for a fishing trip on the Mother's Day weekend and he needs to be even braver when he gets home with no fish.

But after spending his weekend on the Clarence River, Michael Horn would have been greeted by smiling faces when he arrived back on the Gold Coast last night.

He may not have had any fish in his esky after the catch-and-release Berkley Clarence River Super Series bream fishing competition but the $4800 cheque for winning would have made him a popular person on the home front.

Fishing in what organisers described as tough conditions, 35-year-old Michael bagged a total of 7.45kg of bream for his best catches over the three days of the competition, held between the mouth of the river and Ulmarra.

“Because of the conditions, a lot of competitors didn't even get their daily limit of five fish but I did pretty well,” said Michael, who fished near Palmers Island on the three days of the competition.

“There was plenty of fresh in the water so the conditions were tough but it was the same for everyone.”

Describing himself as an enthusiastic competition angler, Michael said he competes in between five and 10 competitions around Australia each year.

“My wife likes and doesn't like my hobby, depending on her mood,” he said, “but it helps to take a nice cheque home at the end of the weekend.”

Paul Kneller, of Big River Bait and Tackle at Maclean, described the competition, which attracted more than 130 anglers this year, as an important event for the Clarence.

“It is getting bigger every year and conservatively it would inject $100,000 to $150,000 into the local economy,” Mr Kneller said.

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