OzFish is gearing up to host the catch-and-release Goondiwindi Classic fishing comp, running from the 10th to the 12thof June.
The catch-and-release fishing competition aims to educate competitors on sustainable fishing and raise funds for habitat restoration projects in the region. Organised by the local OzFish Goondiwindi Chapter – a group of passionate recreational anglers who donate their time to improve their local waterways.
Rachel Holmes from the local OzFish Chapter says that the competition provides anglers with a great incentive to get outside with the family, enjoy their local waterway, and help give something back to the local environment.
“This is a great chance to not only enjoy the thrills of competitive fishing, but also promote safe and sustainable fishing practices,” said Rachel.
In the last decade, the fishing community has seen a move away from rules that require anglers to bring their dead catch into a local venue to be weighed and measured, which Rachel says is a huge part of why this competition is received so well by locals.
“With emerging technology, the tides are beginning to turn on fishing competitions. We wanted to capitalise on readily available technology and social media provides a way to ensure the fish are kept alive while still allowing participants some healthy competition.
“Competitors will be awarded based on the length of the fish, which is submitted via photos taken on their phone, and the fish released safely back into the water.
“With over $5000 in cash prizes to be won, family holiday packs and fishing gear on offer, you don’t want to miss it,” stated Rachel.
A BBQ Lunch will be available, but registration is essential.
- Fishing commences 3pm Friday 10th June
- Photo entries close 12pm Sunday 12th June
If you think you have what it takes to compete in the Goondiwindi Classic, or just want a fun family day out, tickets are online for $25 adults or $10 junior: https://ozfish.org.au/goondiwindi-classic/