This weekend our region will host the nation-wide Ford Courier Bream Grand Final. The competition has been underway since January with the preliminary rounds fished as far away as Perth and northern Queensland. Close to 100 anglers have qualified for the event and they represent the very best in fishing skills and many are personalities we often see on TV or read their articles in many of the fishing magazines. This competition is fished only with lures, including plastics and flies, but no bait is used. In addition, the champion fishers have not been able to fish the Richmond River during the past month. Many people are saying that its a strange time to have a competition for bream but this is what its all about being able to find the few big fish, weigh them in alive and then release them. What a pity more fishing events are not built on this premise. These finalists have become so skilled at sportfishing they are able to read the conditions to know what lures, colours etc are needed at what time. We are not able to be with them on the water, but on Saturday and Sunday you can check in on whats happening at the Seagulls Leagues Club in Ballina.
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