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Boating Industry Association Ltd

Catch and Release Fishing Comp Grand Final - Sydney International Boat Show

MEDIA RELEASE: For immediate release 23 July 2019

1 - 5 August, ICC Sydney and Cockle Bay Darling Harbour

The Sydney International Boat Show this year once again plays host to the Grand Final of the Berkley Super Series fishing competition, the premium team-based bream catch-and-release fishing tournament in Australia. The Series has seen over one hundred teams chase down big money prizes in some of the finest bream fishing locations on the East Coast of Australia, with one ultimate goal - to qualify for the $10,000 Berkley Super Series Grand Final at the Sydney International Boat Show.

Teams consist of two anglers who have seven hours to catch their biggest five legal sized bream, using lures only. A team may only keep five fish at any one time, so the smallest fish is released when a bigger fish is caught, a process known as upgrading. The bream are kept alive onboard each boat in purpose built “live wells” and are presented for weighing via water filled transfer bags. After weighing, the bream are returned to the waterway unharmed. The team with the heaviest 5 bream wins.

The Grand Final is held over two days allowing teams to fight back into contention should their first day catch fall short. This is undertaken from 7AM until 2PM on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August.

At the end of each day’s competition, the teams return to Cockle Bay to have their live bream weighed at the Berkley Recovery Tank. This is located outside the Harbourside Shopping complex in Darling Harbour, with the twenty-five team boats berthing in Cockle Bay. After the 2nd day of competition, the final weigh-in determines whose 5 bream reign supreme, and which team leaves the event $10,000 richer.

Further information regarding the fishing competition:
Chris Gates – 0419 998 949 or email

For further information regarding the Sydney International Boat Show:
Domenic Genua on 0412 642 357 or email
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The Boating Industry Association Ltd (BIA) is a not-for-profit industry organisation. It was formed through the amalgamation of the state Boating Industry Association bodies in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory and is the peak body that represents the boating industry in Australia. BIA members adhere to a voluntary Code of Practice and Code of Ethics. Member companies include businesses who manufacture, wholesale or retail products and services within or associated with the boating industry. The BIA’s objectives include promoting growth in participation in recreational boating, representing our members interests with government in areas of safety, infrastructure and the reduction of regulatory burden, professional development of our members and developing career pathways for new entrants to the industry, educating the public about boating safety and promoting practices that protect the environment. For more information, please visit