2013 Cardwell Barra Bonanza

It’s taken a while I’m afraid – but finally here are the ‘real’ fish photos!   The ones that Lived to Tell the Tale… :  The Barra
What a great weekend!   Fabulous weather – unfortunately the barra must have been on holiday….  But a great time was had by all.   Here’s some pics to enjoy:  2013 Cardwell Barra Bonanza

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We welcome Cairns Hardware as the Major Naming Right sponsor of the 2013 Barra Bonanza

The Cardwell Barra Bonanza is a two day sports fishing competition held annually at the end of October to coincide with the close of the Barra season.   Fishing the waters off Hinchinbrook Island captured Barra are measured and released whilst Mangrove Jack, Javelin & Threadfin Salmon are weighed.   The opportunity to visit picturesque Cardwell as well as great prizes and affordable nomination fees make this a competition that appeals to anglers from Cairns to the coal mines!!

Launched six years ago to assist in attracting visitors to Cardwell at a traditionally quiet time of the year, the competition was planned to coincide with the opening of the Barra season, the first weekend in February.   Torrential rain, flooded roads and the threat of cyclones played havoc with the first 3 events.  In 2011, just 24 hours before the comp was due to get underway Cyclone Yasi blew in taking with it the contents of the clubhouse venue, and the $20,000 prize pool.

Down, but not out and against all the odds, the Club rebuilt and in the process rescheduled the event to its current time slot and never looked back.   Numbers soared and for the first time nominations nudged the magic 100 mark.   The event in 2012 exceeded the Club’s wildest dreams when competitor numbers reached 164. 

In 2013 the Cardwell Sportfishing Club will be staging the 6th much-anticipated “Cardwell Barra Bonanza”.   Expected to attract more than 300 visitors to Cardwell, the town’s economy will receive a much needed “shot in the arm”.    Locals are encouraged to come along and enjoy the finale of the weekend – an open-air, live band entertainment following the Presentation of trophies.

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