WATCH: Red claws race for glory in a sport they're made for
THE red claw population at Wuruma Dam is blossoming.
Hundreds of the critters were caught in the lead-up to a red claw racing event during the Easter weekend.
When a similar event was held late last year, fishermen struggled to catch 30.
Race caller Jon Ware said now was the optimum time to catch red claw for a tasty meal.
"They like to hide in logs, so try fishing near a good structure, and also try catching them around seaweed sections," he said.
Mr Ware said as the dam was made of granite, the high red claw number was not doing damage, whereas if it was clay based, it would be a different story.
The racing competition offered a chance for the red claws to prove themselves in the final major event of their lives.
"The beauty is you really don't know who is going to win," Mr Ware said.
"You could have one winning the whole way through and stumble at the last race.
"And it doesn't matter what size is it, as our winner today was a small one."
Even the champion of the tournament does not have a glorious life to look forward to.
"The red claws will get taken home and eaten," Mr Ware said.
Donna Muller, of Hervey Bay, picked the winner, and it was also the final contestant brought into the arena.
"I picked the one that was moving quickly in the pot. He looked like he had a lot of go in him," she said.