Anglers support fish stocks at Callide Family Classic
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.