Clas­sic reels in re­sults

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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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FACES OF SUC­CESS: The vol­un­teer com­mit­tee of the Callide Val­ley Na­tive Fish­ing Stock­ing As­so­ci­a­tion who or­gan­ised the an­nual Lake Callide Fish­ing Clas­sic.

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