MONDURAN FISHING: Smiles at the weighing station from Alex Turner from Kepnock. This 84.5 cm Barramundi smashed a hardbodied diving lure whilst it was still on the surface. Photo: Simon Young / NewsMail
MONDURAN FISHING: Smiles at the weighing station from Alex Turner from Kepnock. This 84.5 cm Barramundi smashed a hardbodied diving lure whilst it was still on the surface. Photo: Simon Young / NewsMail Simon Young

Big barra takes the top prize in fishing event

A MASSIVE 84.5cm long barramundi secured Alex Turner bragging rights and the competition prize money in this year's Monduran Family Fishing Classic at the weekend.

Monduran Anglers and Stocking Association president John Finlay said there were plenty of fish caught, making the event a great success.

"The feedback was all positive and we received plenty of accolades on how well it was run," he said.

Helping promote Monduran Dam as a top-notch fishing location, the event attracted close to 500 senior and junior anglers from across Queensland and further afield.

"There were a lot of visitors who came in groups from all over including Tara, Moree, in northern New South Wales aswell as Emerald and Mt Isa," Mr Finlay said.

While a significant amount of barramundi were caught this weekend compared to previous years, bass numbers were low and the size of catfish were smaller than previous years. However, Mr Finlay said a great weekend was had by all.

With a huge range of prizes on offer throughout the two-day event - including a boat, motor and trailer lucky draw prize and raffles -, competitors had plenty of reasons to smile even if they couldn't snag the biggest catch.

Mr Finlay said, as usual, funds from the event would go towards restocking the waterway with young fish to ensure fishing for future generations and planning was already underway for next year's classic.

"It will be held on the same weekend in October next year," Mr Finlay said.



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