Hooked on social life at event
FISHER Greg Mitchell is hooked on the social atmosphere of the Monduran Family Fishing Classic.
The Murgon man returned to Monduran Dam to take part in the annual competition at the weekend.
It is the second classic for Mr Mitchell's family and he said one of the best moments of the event was seeing his son's face light up as he was awarded prizes for the fish he caught.
“My son had a smile from ear to ear after winning a prize,” he said.
And the fisher said that for him the weekend was not really about catching fish at all, but a great chance to catch up with people met and friends made during last year's competition.
“It's not about the fishing because you don't always catch stuff,” Mr Mitchell said.
Although entrant numbers were down on the record-busting crowd from last year, Monduran Angling and Stocking Association president John Finlay said he still had two-and-half days of highlights.
“There were about 650 nominations for juniors and seniors,” he said.
“That's about 80 to a 100 down on last year.”
The president also said not as many fish were caught as last year.
The Mooloolah man who won the $1000 cash prize hooked a 22.4kg barramundi while Gin Gin woman Lyn Kirk walked away with the boat.
Lake Monduran Holiday Park manager Rob Howell said the event was like any other year.
“It was hectic,” he said.
“It's a great comp and there were great prizes.
“It's the biggest event of the year for us.”
The manager said most entrants were well behaved.
“It's very family-orientated and that's reflected in the prize give-aways,” Mr Howell said.
“Everyone gets a prize.”