Over 200 people participated in the Springfield Lakes Pest Fishing Classic in March this year.
Over 200 people participated in the Springfield Lakes Pest Fishing Classic in March this year.

Pest fishing classic makes a come back

DUE to the success of the inaugural event in March this year, Springfield Lakes will host a second one-day Pest Fishing Classic at Spring Lake next month.

Managed by Two Bent Rods and jointly supported by Lendlease, Ipswich City Council, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Biosecurity Queensland and Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Association of Queensland, the classic aims to create awareness of noxious fish species and their associated impact on local biodiversity.

To encourage greater participation, the day will be split into a morning session for families and an afternoon session for a team competitor event, with up to 200 tickets available for each session.

Two Bent Rods Owner, Samantha Beckmann said last year's event sold out quickly.

"We're looking forward to another fantastic classic and we hope the new session format will encourage more locals to throw a line in,” Mrs Beckmann said.

"This will be our second time managing the event and our expert team will be on hand to help competitors fish responsibly on the day.”

Lendlease Communities General Manager for Queensland, Guy Gibson said classic was being brought back due to community support.

"Based on the overwhelmingly positive community feedback we received from the March classic, it was agreed among the supporting bodies to host a second event to help eradicate pest species in Spring Lake,” Mr Gibson said.

"The March classic reeled in close to 145 kilograms of pest fish under strict control measures to ensure the eggs and larvae weren't released into the water.

"Funds raised from the classic will be used to restock Spring Lake with native species later this year when water conditions are more favorable for restocking.”

An Ipswich City Council spokesperson said this was a good opportunity to fish on the lake.

"While Spring Lake is a no fishing area, the classic is a one-day opportunity for families and fishing fans to wet their lines with the appropriate control measures in place as managed under a Biosecurity Queensland pest fishing permit,” the spokesperson said.

"Council is once again pleased to be supporting the Springfield Lakes Pest Fishing Classic to help eradicate unwanted fish species that threaten our local waterways and lakes."

An education session during registration and trained assistants will help budding anglers determine native versus noxious fish species.

There will also be interactive activities for non-fishing participants as well as a sausage sizzle and coffee van.

The pest fishing classic will be held at Spring Lake on October 13.

There are 200 tickets available for individuals and families to fish between 9am-noon and 50 team spots of up to four people from 1pm-4pm.

Tickets go on sale through the Facebook event on September 24, register your interest to be notified.

Cost starts at $5 up to $20 for a group.

To register, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/myspringfieldlakes/events/.



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