Local fishing conservation group OzFish Wellington Chapter, is gearing up to host the highly anticipated Shimano Burrendong Easter Classic, with the competition running from the 15th to the 17th of April.
The Burrendong Classic is held annually and is one of the biggest and best catch-and-release fishing competitions in the region, with both adult and junior categories and a $50,000 prize pool up for grabs.
This 3-day event is held in beautiful Lake Burrendong and it’s for a great cause as all funds raised will go towards fish habitat restoration.
OzFish are calling on all recreational fishers to get involved, with over $50,000 worth of prizes to give away, including a boat package as the major prize thanks to Shimano Australia and BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing.
The Burrendong Classic was first started in 2010 by the Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association. After 9 years of running the Classic and building it up to a 3000-person-strong event, the Inland Waterways OzFish Chapter has handed the event coordination to the newly formed OzFish Wellington Chapter to take the reins.
John Ahsee, Secretary of the OzFish Wellington Chapter, is looking forward to taking on the Burrendong Classic after it has been paused recently due to the drought and pandemic.
“The community is working extremely hard to make the Burrendong Classic the most professional and prestigious event, and live up to what it was in the past.
“We have attended the Classic in previous years which has had thousands of recreational anglers entering the competition, with people turning up in droves to camp along the shores of Lake Burrendong,” said John.
“There has been a lot of negative news of late, so we’re hoping the Classic can be something for the community to look forward to as they’ve waited a while for it to relaunch,” said John.
All profits from the event will be reinvested back into the local waterways through restoration initiatives for the Wambuul-Macquarie and Bell rivers.