Classic way to spend the weekend
FISHING: The level of Bjelke- Petersen Dam is of no concern as the Inland Fishing Classic returns this weekend for the first time in five years.
The dam is sitting at 16.1 per cent and Bill Schloss from the organising committee said the levels would provide opportunities for anglers with varying levels of experience.
"It has been fishing well and the low water levels push the fish together, making them easier to catch,” he said.
The Bjelke-Petersen Dam fish management committee is hoping the event attracts experienced anglers and families alike.
"It is all going to be a family event - really good for mum, dad and the kids to all get involved in,” Schloss said.
The classic will be the first competition at the dam to have a catch-and-release section, as well as a gilled-and-gutted category.
The dam is suited to bait and artificial lures, which will make it more appealing to anglers.
With $35,000 worth of prizes on offer across the two-day competition and plenty of fish biting, Schloss said everyone would walk away from the event a winner.
There will be lucky entry prizes, secret size prizes for each species, trophies for the biggest of each species and raffles.
"Hopefully we will get a big crowd, good fish and it will big success,” Schloss said.
All proceeds from the competition will go back to stocking fingerlings into the dam.
The competition will start on Saturday, October 6, and nominations will be open at the dam on Friday afternoon.