Classic reels in results
THE sun was shining, then it went away but the people didn’t.
Competitors from all over turned out for the Callide Valley Native Fishing Stocking Association’s annual Family Fishing Classic at Callide Dam.
“We had good nominations this year and they came from all around, Blackwater, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Monto and locals,” association president Nigel Krueger said.
This is the first year for the classic since Banana Shire Council opened its Lake Callide Retreat, which includes a kiosk, cabins, more picnic tables, amenities and most recently, a children’s playground.
“A lot of our nominators were returns and we had a few new ones which was good,” Mr Krueger said. “Everyone loved it, they had a great time and they loved how the Council looked after the grounds.
“And the playground was a massive hit.”
Mr Krueger said the new facilties made the competition a lot easier this year.
“The grounds are just a lot more user friendly,” he said. “It just had more of a clean look and feel about it and Council was right on board in supporting us.”
With the rules on no camping at Callide Dam now made a lot stricter by SunWater, the free camping area was designated for the classic weekend for competitors.
“We had a real central hub for the camping, so everyone was all together,” Mr Krueger.
“It made a good togetherness in the comp rather than previous years when everyone was spread out.”
As storm clouds threatened, the fish could feel it.
“The barra was a bit light on the first day due to the change of weather and it was a bit cooler but they turned back on on Sunday morning,” Mr Krueger said.
“The yella were just consistent, they were nice and healthy.”
With some profit made from nomination fees and through the bar and canteen, Mr Krueger said it wouldn’t be money that would go back in the association’s pocket.
“We plan to keep on replenishing the fish,” he said.
“We try to put the money back into the stocking.
“So people know that the more they support the comp, the more they support us putting fish back in.”
Some fish are planned to be dropped into the local dam in December.
“We are putting in 33,846 barra and then in February 36,363 yellowbelly,” Mr Krueger said.
He also made a special mention of the volunteers and association members for their hard work during the competition.
“Our whole crew put a
stack of man hours in preparing and also getting donations from the community,” he said.
“Without them we couldn’t run the competition or the community as well, they are the key to running the competition but also the prizes.”
FACES OF SUCCESS: The volunteer committee of the Callide Valley Native Fishing Stocking Association who organised the annual Lake Callide Fishing Classic.