Cast a line to Catch a Catty
ANGLERS will be hoping the fish are biting when they compete for the chance to win a share of more than $10,000 in prizes at the annual Catch a Catty competition.
The August 24-25 event is promoted as a family fishing weekend and the popularity of the competition increases each year.
Organised by the Paradise Stocking Association at the Mingo Crossing Recreation Grounds on the Burnett River, the event is a preferred catch and release competition.
If fish caught are to be kept, rules and regulations apply for size and bag limits.
There are some fresh faces on the committee this year, including Alex Geddes as president and Paula Gill as secretary, while Beppi Stanley continues as treasurer.
Youngest member Ms Gill has never held the position of secretary before.
"It's been different but I've learnt a lot," she said.
"Beppi (Stanley) has been a good guide. I would describe her as absolutely magic."
Anglers are reminded there is $100 prizemoney for the early bird draw if nominations are in by August 20.
Last year there were about 390 nominations for the competition.
Ms Gill said at this stage nominations were a bit slow coming in.
"It is good to have early nominations as it helps with catering," she said.
Ms Gill was full of praise for the sponsorship by Bundaberg Marineland.
"The committee usually spends dollar for dollar with them on prizes," she said.
"But this year they have jumped on board and for our $1000 have received prizes totally $2500."
Maybe this is the year the prizemoney of $1000 for the longest barra will be bagged.
Anglers will be vying to be crowned the winner of the heaviest catfish and pocket $250 each for senior male and female, and $75 for junior male and female.
There will also be a prize for the most tilapia caught.
In addition to the lucky draws for adults and children, there will be cash prizes on offer for "other fish categories".
The money raised from the competition goes toward stocking Paradise Dam with barramundi and bass fingerlings.
Mrs Stanley said in January this year, 20,000 bass fingerlings were introduced to the river.
"Over a period of three to four years the association has released 60,000 bass and 40,000 barra," she said.
The Catch a Catty will feature continuous weigh-ins from 6am to 5pm on Saturday and 5am to 10.30am on Sunday. Competitors must be in line at 10.30am on Sunday to qualify.
Competitors can fish in any area of Paradise Dam from Benyenda Crossing but there will be no fishing or boating within 400m of the dam wall.
Queensland boating and fishing rules apply.
Barbecues will be held on Friday night and all throughout the weekend.
A group calling themselves "The Seniors" from Mt Perry will be providing musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
Along with both Gayndah and Mt Perry police making patrols, the club has been advised the Department of Fisheries will be out on patrols during the Catch a Catty weekend.
To nominate, phone Paula on 0467 699 709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.