Dalby fishers take home $3000 prize money at national comp
DYLAN Mott was practically born with a fishing rod in his hand.
With years of experience and a strong competitive streak when it comes to fishing tournaments there’s nothing Mott can’t do when it comes to throwing a line and delivering some big results.
It’s that passion and experience that landed Mott and fellow fisherman Ben von Pein national recognition at the 2019 ABT Barra Tour around Mackay and Proserpine.
Out of four tournaments, Mott and von Pein took out the first tournament, while Mott’s dad won the fourth tournament of the day.
Mott and von Pein ended the tournament in the top six, earning themselves about $3000 worth of prize money.
“We take things pretty seriously, but we like to have a good time too,” Mott said.
“We don’t get to fish those dams very often, but the tournament background and the fishing background kind of takes hold and instinct sort of kicks in and you generally do pretty well.”
He’s been competing since 2007, but Mott said the nerves still kick in before a big competition.
Mott spent three years ranked number one in the country for competitive fishing.
As much as they want to take win after win, the ten day tournament is always a way for the mates to relax and take time out to do what they love.
“The competitive streak is there probably more than a lot of people,” Mott said.
“But those ten days up there are basically for our holiday. We enjoy ourselves as well and the camaraderie between guys you only really see once a year is pretty awesome … It’s two birds with one stone, really.”
As much as fishing is, to some extent, a game of chance, Mott always has a strategy going into tournaments, especially when it comes to fishing barra.
“A lot to do with barramundi fishing is skill and knowledge of how the creatures work,” he said.
“They’re a creature of habit, and they all do the same thing … they work off moon tide times.
“It’s probably 10 per cent luck and 90 per cent skill, I’d say.”
While he’ll be competing for a long time to come, Mott would love to see the sport gain more recognition and participation in the future.
“Hopefully we can get more guys from the area into it and we can push our local empowerment with the bass,” he said.