FISH ARE BIT­ING

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

WITH bar­ra­mundi sea­son in full swing, keen fish­er­men and women have been out on the wa­ters and shores of Cal­lide Dam.

Lake Cal­lide Re­treat care­taker Steve Gal­lagher said he had seen plenty of fish­ing go­ing on in the last few weeks.

“Both campers and lo­cals have been fish­ing from both the shore and their boats,” he said.

School hol­i­days has seen the fish­ing be­come more pop­u­lar as well as chil­dren are able to have a go.

“There has been a few out fish­ing and num­bers are in­creas­ing,” Steve said.

“Some of the chil­dren on hol­i­days have been lucky enough to catch a cou­ple of good size bar­ra­mundi.”

Get­ting amongst the crowd, Steve has had a few com­ments passed on to him about their find­ings.

“Quite a few bites, with some lucky ones snag­ging some good fish,” he said.

And oth­ers have been sur­prised with what they caught, in par­tic­u­lar one fish­er­men.

“A 94cm barra in shal­low wa­ters,” Steve said.

Barra and red­claw have been the most pop­u­lar catches.

“The big­gest item be­ing caught is red­claw, with size­able catches ev­ery day by many lo­cals and tourists,” Steve said.

“Only know about the barra at this stage, but of course there are lots of red­claw be­ing caught by all.

“There is a healthy com­pe­ti­tion be­tween campers on who catches the largest red­claw and the big­gest catch.”

Steve an­tic­i­pates the fish­ing will only be­come more pop­u­lar as the weather warms up.

“Yes, barra and all other fish will be­come more ac­tive as the weather heats up,” he said.

“The tim­ing couldn’t be bet­ter for the Cal­lide Val­ley Fam­ily Fish­ing Clas­sic at the end of Oc­to­ber.”

Next month, the shores of Lake Cal­lide will come alive for the com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion is run by the Cal­lide Val­ley Fish­ing Stock­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and sec­re­tary Ar­tie Clapham said they had some good in­ter­est so far.

“We had 20,000 views on the ini­tial post on Face­book,” he said.

“And the nom­i­na­tions start this week.”

The hot weather we have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing across the Cal­lide Val­ley is only go­ing to make the fish­ing even bet­ter.

“Fish­ing is only go­ing to get bet­ter out in the weather,” Ar­tie said.

“The more hot days we have be­fore­hand should be good.”

It is ex­pected some peo­ple will pull in some bar­ra­mundi along with some other Aus­tralian fish.

“Hope­fully barra, most of what we get in is yel­low­belly and cat­fish,” Ar­tie said.

“All the peo­ple fish­ing with bait nor­mally catch them.”

Along with the help of pres­i­dent Nigel Krueger, Ar­tie has been in­volved with the lo­cal fish­ing stock­ing as­so­ci­a­tion for the past four or five years.

“Our main aim is to get more peo­ple in­volved in fish­ing and the funds we raised from the comp go back into the stock­ing of the dam,” he said.

“Last year we put about $13,000 worth of finger­lings back into the dam from the comp.”

What is in­cred­i­bly frus­trat­ing for the club is when they fish are let out of the dam.

“The gates have been open five times in the last eight years so we lose a fair bit of fish,” Ar­tie said.

“All the barra try to swim down­stream.

“When it rains they all hang around the gates and when it opens they shoot out.”

Last year, the as­so­ci­a­tion was granted a $24,000 fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment for the fish lost in Cy­clone Mar­cia.

“We put $6800 of yel­low­belly in and we will put $18,000 worth in this year,” Ar­tie said.

The fish finger­lings are sourced lo­cally across the state.

“All the barra comes from Awoonga, the Glad­stone Area Wa­ter Board,” Ar­tie said.

“Most of the oth­ers, sleepy cod and yel­low­belly, come from Hand­wood, Mur­gon.

“It is just so there is fish there for peo­ple to catch.”

PHOTO: KA­T­RINA ARNDT

RIP­PING CATCH: Brian Arndt with his catches at Cal­lide Dam.

PHOTO: MEIGAN MARXSON

Meigan Marxson sent in this photo of a catch at Cal­lide Dam from two weeks ago.

PHOTO: KA­T­RINA ARNDT

Ja­son Arndt with his 65cm barra.

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