Fishing comp a resounding success

THE annual Catch a Catty fishing competition was a resounding success despite Mother Nature trying her best to ruin the fun.

Heavy rain on the Saturday night didn't deter campers who stuck it out for the entire weekend and were treated to beautiful sunshine on the final day.

Event organisers Paradise Stocking Association and members John and Ruth Rokesky were pleased with the event and everyone involved.

"I think it was a fabulous day," Mrs Rokesky said

"Very successful and everyone we spoke to said they had a great time."

The weekend event also had raffles and a number of prizes up for grabs for everyone from children to the seasoned anglers.

Young Ben Cooper and Emily Sullivan were the lucky two each winning the major kids prize of a kayak supplied by Coastal Kayaks out of Bundaberg and a fishing rod from Foxies Barra Havoc.

Each of the children on site also received a bag full of fishing gear to take home.

Owner and operator of Foxies Barra Havoc Les Gave set up a market stall for the event and was thrilled with the turn out and atmosphere.

"Everybody seems to have the inspiration," Mr Gave said

"The more people the better the atmosphere."

The weekend's winners were divided by categories of fish and age with 15 winners in total.

Casey Mason was one of the competitors but found that the first day was a tough one.

"I only managed to catch a couple of smaller cat fish," Mr Mason said

"It has been pretty quiet to start."

Adding to Mr Mason's statement the coveted $1000 prize for the biggest barramundi went unclaimed this year.

Lisa Wheeler and Dawn Murton took out the senior major draw and the major catfish prize respectively.

Jordan Brady was the junior cat fish winner while father and son combo Shane and Levi Roth both took out prizes in separate categories.

North Burnett Regional Councillor John Bowen was also at the event.

"It's a great weekend for the North Burnett," Cr Bowen said

"The best thing is seeing people having fun and catching fish."

Mr and Mrs Rokesky would like to thank all the sponsors involved as well as everyone who turned out for the weekend.

Without this support the competition wouldn't have been so successful.

Clean fishing is the go

A new fish cleaning table at Mingo Crossing was officially opened during the Catch a Catty fishing competition this past weekend.

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh was on hand for the official opening.

"Council very much appreciates Evolution Mining for sponsoring the new cleaning bench," Mayor Waugh said

"It just goes to show an organisation coming into the area and working with the community is a great asset in any situation."

Mingo Crossing caretaker Reg Kirkegaard can see the positives in the new addition to the park.

"It's a positive that's for certain," Mr Kirkegaard said

"And it's perfect to be able to come right off the water and be able to clean the fish."

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