Petty Officer Aircrewman successfully defends Australian national fishing title

Published on LEUT Michael Grant (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

Location(s): Mackay, QLD

Topic(s): Fishing, 725 Squadron

POA Liam Carruthers holding up the winning barramundi. (photo: Department of Defence)
POA Liam Carruthers holding up the winning barramundi.

Petty Officer Liam Carruthers, a qualified Aircrewman Instructor at 725 Squadron has successfully defended his title in the 2018 Australian Fishing Championships (AFC) held in Mackay, Queensland. The event was held at Eungella and Teemburra Dams with three teams in the running for the title. 

PO Carruthers made a successful run at the title in 2017 and returned this year to defend it with team mate Dean Silvestor. The duo competed as part of Team BCF, with the goal of claiming the title as the defending champs. They competed against Team Firefly and Team Jack Links.

During the qualifying rounds all teams fished against each other on Eungella Dam, with the target species being Sooty Grunter. After a close run, Team BCF and Team Firefly came out on top and PO Carruthers progressed to the final round. 

After a change of location to Teemburra Dam, the two teams went head to head targeting the iconic sports fish Australian Barramundi.  After a very close final round, PO Carruthers was able to net the winning barramundi in the final 15 minutes of the round. This secured the team their second and back to back Australian Fishing Championship.

“Thanks go to 725 Squadron for affording me the opportunity to compete in the championship and retain the title.” said PO Carruthers.

“I am overjoyed to win back to back championships and hopefully I can extend the streak to three in a row in 2019.”