A GROUP of Australians walked away with the lion’s share of a $50,000 fishing competition in China last month.
Steve Fields from Sanctuary Point was among the Australian team
The CAN International Fishing Challenge was the first in a series of contests to be battled out between China, Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian team won six of the top 10 places.
Mr Fields said the event was a big deal to the Chinese.
“China really knows how to throw a party,” he said.
“At the opening there would have been 20,000 people in the auditorium, a massive stage, live bands playing, every government minister known to man, the military, heads of shires, probably 50 officials all there for the opening.
“The competition was held on Shengzhong Lake which has an 80km long river running into it.
“It is a very nice region with small villages around it.
“In the competition we were fishing for five different species.
“It was very tactical and our
team planned everything. We had a very good understanding of the waterway.
“We put our gun guys in the prime spots and others followed the top anglers from other countries,” he said.
As in all fishing contests local knowledge was the home team’s advantage but the Australian team had done its homework and they knew who the number one angler in China was.
“Two of our team sat on him the whole time,” Mr Fields said.
The end result was the most wins in the teams division and the prizemoney that came with it.
The award presentation and closing ceremony was another big event.
“It was a good experience and good fun.
“It was nuts to walk on stage with $20,000 cash in your hands, it was kind of scary.”
When he isn’t fishing the lakes of the world Mr Fields is the managing director of Hobie Cat Australasia.
He and his staff are preparing for the Hobie 16 World Championships in Jervis Bay in February.
“Preparation is going well, things I thought were going to be difficult turned out to be easy.
“And the community has embraced the idea but I still don’t think they know what’s going to hit them,” he said.