Wivenhoe to host fishing competition

WIVENHOE Dam will be the arena for a four-day fishing competition in March.

The Insight Genesis Wivenhoe Show Down will start on March 10, with the speed limit on the dam increased to 40 knots for the duration of the tournament.

Somerset Regional Council worked with tournament organisers BASS Australia Nation to bring the event to the area.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it would be great for tourism.

"This event is fantastic news for anglers who have been keen to get out on to Wivenhoe Dam and compete in a national competition," Cr Lehmann said.

"It's also a huge boost for Somerset tourism with hundreds of competitors and their families spending time in the region over several days of competition."

BASS Australia Nation managing director, Drew McGrath, said it was great to work with Council to bring this event to Somerset.

"BASS Australia Nation has been working tirelessly with Somerset Regional Council and Seqwater to bring this exclusive Lake Wivenhoe event that may be a once in a lifetime chance to fish the lake at a 40 knot speed limit," he said.

"With the proximity to Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast we expect this tournament to attract the best anglers nationwide.

"Many anglers have been asking us for new arenas, and with the good work from Somerset Regional Council we have secured Hamon Cove on Lake Wivenhoe that many have been dreaming of fishing at."

The event runs March 10-13.

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