Ready your rods to catch river ‘rab­bits’

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

IT IS time to go fish­ing for ‘rab­bits’.

The third an­nual Cam­paspe Carp Catch is on again so dust off your rods, find your spe­cial spot and reg­is­ter to win a swag of prizes.

The fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion is or­gan­ised by the North Cen­tral Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (CMA) along the Cam­paspe River, from Kyne­ton to Echuca, on Sun­day which is also Na­tional Gone Fish­ing Day.

It will run from noon to 3pm with six regis­tra­tion, judg­ing and bar­be­cue sites along the river.

Project man­ager An­gela Glad­man said the event is a fun way to high­light the scourge of the in­tro­duced species.

‘‘Carp are the rab­bits of our rivers. They are a ma­jor com­po­nent of the Mur­rayDar­ling Basin’s fish pop­u­la­tion and they cause sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to rivers, wet­lands and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment,’’ she said.

“We are work­ing with com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Echuca Moama Land­care, Strathal­lan Fam­ily Land­care, Rochester and District An­gling Club, Lon­glea & District Land­care and Kyne­ton An­gling Club, to put this carp catch event on, with fund­ing as­sis­tance from Vic­to­ria’s peak recre­ational fish­ing body, VR Fish.

“Reg­is­ter at one of our six hubs at noon, grab some lunch and put a line in. Judg­ing will take place back at the regis­tra­tion spots at 3pm.”

The regis­tra­tion and judg­ing sites are:

■ Pig Shed, Kyne­ton Botanic Gar­dens.

■ Axedale River Re­serve, off Wil­liam Street.

■ Ayson’s Re­serve at El­more, on Burnewang Road.

■ Cam­paspe River Re­serve near the Rochester wa­ter tower.

■ Strathal­lan Com­mu­nity Hall on Strathal­lan Road.

■ Echuca Lions Park at Ogilvie Av­enue.

There will be prizes for the best catch and the big­gest bag.

“Corn bait will be pro­vided and it is im­por­tant ev­ery­one aged over 18 has fish­ing li­cences and com­plies with rel­e­vant fish­ing laws,’’ An­gela said.

“The Cam­paspe River is a sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal as­set to Vic­to­ria, and is home to a num­ber of threat­ened and vul­ner­a­ble na­tive fish.

“The North Cen­tral CMA has been do­ing a lot of work in re­cent years to im­prove the health of the Cam­paspe River through the de­liv­ery of wa­ter, and work­ing with farm­ers to pro­tect and en­hance the bank veg­e­ta­tion through the Car­ing for the Cam­paspe project — one of the re­sults be­ing the re­turn of fish such as the Mur­ray-Dar­ling rain­bow­fish and in­creased num­bers of the iconic Mur­ray cod.

“This is great news, and ev­ery carp pulled out of the river on the day will help.”

■ The Cam­paspe Carp Catch is on again next week.

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