Blue Water Club pays anglers

NINE months after originally scrapping the $1 million Bag-a-Bream fishing tournament, the Burnett Heads Blue Water Club has finally refunded the $100 entry fee to those who entered the contest.

The contest was cancelled when the insurance costs to cover the lucrative prize pool escalated well above initial forecasts, leaving many fishermen in the lurch who had already committed to the tournament.

Former chairman of the Blue Water Club Mick Duggan told the NewsMail in May more than half the entrants had been repaid.

He said a 58 per cent rent increase on the Blue Water Club facility had stalled the immediate refund of all the entries.

Mr Duggan has since resigned from his position, saying he had nothing to do with the club or the tournament.

But Blue Water Club administration confirmed the final 60 entrants had been reimbursed on November 16.

Despite initial plans to hold the event on a smaller scale next year, Blue Water Club administration indicated they would not attempt to revive the tournament in 2010.

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