Barra Bonanza

Where the fish live to tell the tale


A competition that appeals to anglers from Cairns to the coal mines. The Barra Bonanza was launched by the Cardwell Sportfishing Club (CSC) in 2007 to help attract visitors to Cardwell. Initially planned to coincide with the opening of the Barra season in February, torrential rains, flooded roads and the threat of cyclones played havoc with the first three events.

In 2011, just 24 hours before the start of the competition Cyclone Yasi blew in taking with it the contents of the CSC clubhouse, and the $20,000 prize pool.

Down, but not out and against all the odds, the Club rebuilt and in the process rescheduled the event to the last weekend before the barramundi season close.

Numbers soared and nominations nudged the 100 mark. In 2012 competitor numbers reached 164.

The Barra Bonanaza attracts more than 300 visitors to Cardwell, giving the town’s economy a much needed “shot in the arm”. Locals are encouraged to come along and enjoy the finale of the weekend which includes an open-air dinner, live entertainment amd trophy presentations.

Fishing the waters off Hinchinbrook Island, (see map) this two day event allows registered participants to capture, measure and release Barramundi. While Mangrove Jack, Javelin & Threadfin Salmon can also be captured and measured, or tagged and/or released.

This event offers an opportunity to visit picturesque Cardwell– as well as great prizes– with capped numbers and an affordable nomination fee you can choose to fish the event or just go into the draw to win the lucky door prize– an F420 Hornet with 30hp 2 cylinder Evinrude and trailer fully registered, valued at $15,800.00 (rrp)

Why not make this year’s event the one you win!

Barra Bonanza 2018


2018 Nominations are now closed.

The 2018 competition has been so popular, we are fully subscribed. If you missed out, please register early next year.

If you have any queries, please contact us and we can assist you.

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