CAUGHT A WINNER: Overall winner Scott Johnson with Mayor Keith Campbell and councillors Danita Potter, Kathy Duff and Roz Froloff.
CAUGHT A WINNER: Overall winner Scott Johnson with Mayor Keith Campbell and councillors Danita Potter, Kathy Duff and Roz Froloff. Rybell Images

Reeling in at Boondooma

FISHING: For Charlie and Rhianna Mitchell, fishing has been part of their lives since they were six months old.

Now at seven and 10 years old, the girls love competing in fishing competitions and reeling in their catches.

At the weekend they competed in the 28th annual Boondooma Dam yellowbelly family fishing competition.

The girls caught one yellowbelly and one bass in the first session on Saturday.

Rhianna claimed second place in the junior category for her yellowbelly, weighing in at 930g.

"I like casting the lines out and winding the fish in when you have caught one,” Rhianna said.

Charlie enjoys the excitement of catching the fish.

"I like when I catch a fish because you can eat them for dinner,” she said.

The girls got their love of fishing from their dad, who passes on advice to help them improve.

"He tell us you have to wind fast when you go down and slower when you go up and you can't let the fish have a lot of loose line,” Charlie said.

The family-friendly event attracted anglers of all ages and abilities, with a senior and junior competition for yellowbelly, Australian bass, silver perch, jew and spangled perch.

Alex White travelled from Brisbane to take part in the event and enjoyed the challenge of fishing in a freshwater dam as opposed to the familiar saltwater.

"Once I cracked it I started to get a couple but up until then it was slow,” he said of the first session.

White finished the first session with two yellowbelly and a bass.

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