2006 WILSON'S REEL WOMEN BARRA CLASSIC
Winning Team Hunter Valley Fishing Nuts NSW
Tilt Trucks and Cattle Trucks help Reel Women Fish in 2006
With flood waters rising on the Mary River in the Northern Territory last Thursday, the 5th Wilsons Reel Women Barra Classic could possibly have been cancelled and washed away. Yet, in the fact of adversity, 121 Territory ladies and 60 interstate competitors hit the road to compete in the largest barramundi fishing tournament in the Top End.
With cars and boats banked up at the Mary River Bridge on the Arnhem Highway and the river on the rise, I had grave concerns on how the ladies were going to get across. Although the tournament did not start until the Friday morning, the ladies were arriving early Thursday morning for a pre fish and to attend the welcome function that evening.
I had a decision to make before the road was closed so a quick group meeting was held with the 25 teams. I asked the ladies their thoughts and they all said the same thing,” the only way we are going is that way across the river”. We knew that the Shady Camp road was passable we just needed to cross the Mary River safely without boats floating off trailers as the water had risen to 600 over the bridge. A decision was made to bring in a tilt truck and two hours later the transfer began. One by one the cars, boats and competitors were trucked over the rising river. (click HERE for the full report - PDF)
We would like to thank our major sponsor, Wilsons Tackle, for their support of the 2006 Reel Women Corroboree Fishing Classic