13 June 2003
FRASER ISLAND FISHING EXPO REELS IN THE BIG ONES
A Sunshine Coast angler has won a new Toyota HiLux V6 SR5 four-wheel drive in the major prize draw during this year's Toyota Fraser Island Fishing Expo.
The twentieth anniversary event held on Fraser Island's Orchid Beach attracted a record crowd of competitors and spectators.
All 1,500 allocated competitor places were filled more than a month before the event.
The value of prizes in the major draw, one of the highlights of the Fishing Expo, this year topped $200,000.
First prize winner Les Apps, a live spanner crab exporter from Kawana Waters, has been in the major draw on two other occasions and has only missed three of the 20 Toyota Fraser Island Fishing Expos.
He is already the owner of a five-year old Toyota LandCruiser 75 Series and suggested that it would be his wife Lyn's non-Toyota model which would be sold to make way for the Toyota HiLux.
Caloundra-based builder/project manager Neil Mittag won second prize in the draw, a Southwind centre console boat with 60hp Yamaha outboard.
Third prize, a Toyota Echo 3-door hatch provided by Toyota Finance, went to Victor Johnson, a mobile crane driver from Brisbane, who was attending his seventh Fishing Expo.
Fourth prize - a Daihatsu Sirion - went to Detective Senior Constable Justin Ward from Diddillibah on the Sunshine Coast.
The Toyota Fraser Island Fishing Expo was also notable for the size and number of fish caught throughout the week.
Almost 65 percent of the 1340 fish weighed in were released under catch-and-release rules.
Sunshine Coast angler Graham Ogilvie walked away with $4000 in cash and $1250 in prizes for his efforts in the bream category.
His 1.046 kilogram and 0.942 kilogram catch and release fish were the two largest bream caught during the entire event, netting him the catch-and-weigh prizes as well.
Gympie-based tailor specialist Gary Enklemann won $4000 for the heaviest outright sand whiting, winning both the catch-and-release and catch-and-weigh categories with his 0.566 kilogram fish.
He also snagged another $500 prize for a second place catch in the swallowtail division.
Toyota's Northern Region senior manager David Stone (left) congratulates Les Apps and wife Lyn after they won the major prize at the 20th anniversary Toyota Fraser Island Fishing Expo, a Toyota HiLux V6 SR5 Dual Cab 4WD.