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BRISBANE PRINTER LANDS BIG ONE AT FRASER ISLAND FISHING EXPO

A Brisbane fisherman has won a new Toyota HiLux turbo-diesel four-wheel drive worth over $35,000 in the major prize draw during this year's Toyota Fraser Island Fishing Expo.

Peter Archer, a 36-year-old printer from Rural Press, scooped the major prize in only his second year at the event.

Im absolutely stoked. Ive been playing Lotto since I was 12 and have never won anything substantial until this, he said.

Peter and his wife, Kylie, were in the market for a new small car before the competition.

Now they plan to sell Peters existing ute and buy another car for Kylie.

It was great just being part of the competition, but to win this is fantastic, he said.

Peter Archer wasnt the only competitor sporting a smile after the major draw.

Bradley Gray from Tewantin, near Noosa in Queensland, won a Seejay Haven boat and trailer worth approximately $21,780, while Kevin Cracknell from Blackwater, west of Rockhampton, won a Toyota Echo 3-door manual hatch worth $14,740.

Kevin Cracknell said he planned to give to his new Echo to his mother, Dot.

Id have been happy winning a yabbie pump, he said. Ive never even won an argument before, let alone something like this, the 30-year-old miner said.

His new Echo was provided by Toyota Financial Services.

This years Toyota Fraser Island Fishing Expo, held on Orchid Beach, attracted a bumper crowd of competitors and spectators.

Fifteen hundred competitors registered for the event and another 500 spectators travelled to Fraser for the expo.

Apart from the random prize draw, plenty of anglers won $2000 cash prizes for winning their competition categories.

The most notable catch of the week went to Bruno Zigliotto from Everton Hills in Brisbane.

He hauled in a 29.3kg Wahoo, earning the Most Meritorious Effort trophy.

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Brisbane fisherman Peter Archer, left, receives the keys to the new Toyota HiLux turbo-diesel four-wheel drive worth over $35,000 he won in the major prize draw during this year's Toyota Fraser Island Fishing Expo. Toyota senior manager, northern region, David Stone, made the presentation.
Miner Kevin Cracknell from Blackwater, west of Rockhampton, won a Toyota Echo 3-door manual hatch worth $14,740 in the prize draw during this year's Toyota Fraser Island Fishing Expo.