An­glers sup­port fish stocks at Cal­lide Fam­ily Clas­sic

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

BARRA sea­son is in full swing and an­glers are gear­ing up for the Cal­lide Val­ley Na­tive Fish Stock­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual Lake Cal­lide Fam­ily Fish­ing Clas­sic.

The shores of the Cal­lide Dam will come alive from to­day for the com­pe­ti­tion – sched­uled to co­in­cide with the Oc­to­ber full moon.

For 30 years since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1987, with­out fail, the not-for-profit Cal­lide Val­ley Na­tive Fish Stock­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has helped re­stock the weir.

In this time, the group has rein­tro­duced a re­mark­able 73,319 sil­ver perch, 552,501 golden perch, 14,100 sleepy cod and 303,181 bar­ra­mundi.

The clas­sic serves as both a driver of tourism and the group’s pri­mary fundraiser.

Pres­i­dent Kris Las­sig said all proceeds went back into the dam and he urged lo­cal fish­er­men to get be­hind the cause.

“It’s a fam­ily-friendly fish­ing comp to raise money for stock­ing,” Mr Las­sig said.

“All the money we raise goes di­rectly back into stock­ing Lake Cal­lide with bar­ra­mundi, yel­low­belly and sleepy cod.

“It’s not a com­pe­ti­tion for pro­fes­sion­als, it’s much more of a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment for fam­i­lies.

“You’re wel­come to fish from the bank so you don’t need a boat to get in­volved.

“There is free camp­ing in des­ig­nated ar­eas on Fri­day and Satur­day nights, which helps make it an af­ford­able week­end for fam­i­lies.”

There’s hot food avail­able for break­fast, lunch and din­ner, plus plenty of great prizes to be won in­clud­ing swags, Eskies, rod and reel com­bos and gift vouch­ers.

Mr Las­sig stressed that en­trants over the age of 18 would need to pur­chase a Stocked Im­pound­ment Scheme Per­mit – vary­ing in cost from $10 for a week to $50 for a year – which are avail­able on­line or at Aus­tralia Post out­lets.

As part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s aim to pro­mote fish­ing as a recre­ational pur­suit in the Biloela district, it holds ju­nior fish­ing clin­ics to ed­u­cate young an­glers.

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