CATCH: Yellow belly fingerlings, the adults of which will be sought by keen anglers in Gayndah on Sunday.
CATCH: Yellow belly fingerlings, the adults of which will be sought by keen anglers in Gayndah on Sunday. Contributed

Bragging rights on offer at fishing comp

BEING the publican of a successful country pub can be stressful business.

But, for Gayndah Grand Hotel's Bram McElligott, all it takes is to cast a lazy fishing line into the glassy water for all those worries to melt away.

"I love the peace and quiet of it,” Mr McElligott said.

"You don't have to think about anything.”

Keen anglers around the district will have the chance to share in the serenity on Sunday, as Gayndah Anglers and Fish Stocking Association hosts a family fishing fun day, with prizes for the best fish.

Competitors are able to fish either side of Claude Wharton Weir, and if they catch a big one, they photograph the fish on a 'brag mat' and upload it to Facebook for judging.

Mr McElligott said, while all fish were considered, there was a preference for yellowbelly and Australian bass, which is what the association stocks.

The competition is from 8am-3pm and is followed by a barbecue and prize draw at the Grand Hotel.

Register before Saturday afternoon at the Grand Hotel for a ticket in the draw to win a 500-piece Plano tackle box.

Forms will also be available at Claude Wharton Weir Park on Sunday.

Mr McElligott said the association, which lay dormant for a period of time, is becoming more active, and he hopes Sunday will help build momentum.

The association released around 40,000 yellowbelly and Australian bass fingerlings in January.


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