Scott and Jake Sams hold 2.5kg of catfish between them which they caught at the Monduran Family Fishing Classic.
Scott and Jake Sams hold 2.5kg of catfish between them which they caught at the Monduran Family Fishing Classic. Max Fleet

Rain didn't stop keen anglers

INCLEMENT weather could not keep keen anglers away from the annual 2010 Monduran Family Fishing Classic.

Winds reaching 32kmh did their best to blow away the fishers' competitive spirit, but some saw it as an advantage if they wanted to drift while casting a line.

Although crowd numbers were down from last year, 650 registered fishers competed in the annual event, with a total of 800 people in attendance.

Tim Robson won the event with a 13.46kg, 102cm barramundi, while Leslie Peardon was the lucky winner of the boat and trailer raffle prize.

While barramundi were proving elusive, there was no shortage of catfish.

Monduran Angling Stocking Association president John Finlay said the weather had also had an impact on the fish being caught.

“We haven't caught much; this weekend has been very bad and sad,” he said.

“The fish and people don't come out in this weather.”

But he said the few hundred who turned up remained in high spirits.

Narangba woman Sandra Hose said it was great to see lots of children at the event.

“It's a really good family atmosphere,” she said.

“Next year I'm looking forward to bringing my grandchildren along.”

Ms Hose has been to the event three times and said it was an annual thing she looked forward to.

“My brother comes all the way up from Geelong, in Victoria, for it,” she said.

She said the highlight of the weekend was when a Lake Monduran fish stole her fishing rod and reel.

“It was like a scene out of Jaws,” she said.

“The rod just disappeared.”

Svensson Heights couple Kev and Margaret Charteris have attended the event every year since 1998.

Mrs Charteris said it was a fantastic event for the whole family.

“It's been good, except the weather has been a bit windy and cold,” she said.

Son Brodie, 10, has the event marked on the family calendar each year.

“I'll be here next year; I wouldn't miss it for anything,” he said.

Mr Finlay said all funds raised from the day would go towards stocking Lake Monduran with bass and barramundi.

While the final count is not in, the committee hopes to raise between $9000 and $10,000.



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