Rich prizes in annual kayak competition

PLEASING EFFORT: Sue Casey is all smiles after catching a big Wivenhoe Dam bass.
PLEASING EFFORT: Sue Casey is all smiles after catching a big Wivenhoe Dam bass. Contributed

IF recent catches are any indication, next weekend's 6th annual kayak fishing competition is set to produce some quality fish.

More than $10,000 in prizes are being offered at the Lake Wivenhoe Kayak and Canoe Fishing Convention.

Since 2008, the community event has grown to become one of Australia's largest kayak fishing competitions.

It has also played a part in promoting kayak and canoe fishing throughout south east Queensland.

Next weekend's competition returns to the Logan Complex at Lake Wivenhoe.

During the floods of 2011, many of the big fish that Lake Wivenhoe is renowned for were washed downstream, taking up residence in the Brisbane River below the dam.

With this in mind, organisers have expanded the competition to include the Brisbane River as well as Lake Wivenhoe.

This effectively creates two events at the same time.

Since the floods, the Somerset and Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Association (S&WFSA) has restocked hundreds of thousands of Australian bass and golden perch into Wivenhoe to replace those lost in the flood.

This year's competition is held to coincide with the opening of the three month bass closed season, which applies to all waters downstream of dams and ends on September 1.

Somerset and Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Association president Garry Fitzgerald is excited about the 2013 convention.

"Entries have been rolling in for weeks now and we look like having a record attendance,'' he said.

"This competition was the first of its kind in Australia where you don't have to bring in all of the fish you catch.

"All you need to do is take a photo of your largest Australian bass and largest golden perch on your measuring ruler and let the fish go straight away. All you need to do is bring your digital camera card in for downloading at the end of each day. ''

Fitzgerald said other activities over the weekend included a fishing seminar, a huge range of kayaks and canoes on display, test paddles, a kayak Show N Shine and some great bargains.

S&WFSA members recently liberated the six millionth native fish into local waterways, spending in excess of $1.2 million over the past 25 years.

Top Event

The Lake Wivenhoe Kayak and Canoe Fishing Convention is on September 7 and 8 at Capt Logan Camp, Lake Wivenhoe.

Craft permitted are kayaks and canoes (no boats, tinnies etc) paddle, peddle or electric motor powered.

Fishing is by lure and fly only. No bait allowed.

Competition inquiries on 0408 725 405, or visit: http://www.bigfishkayak.com.au



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