CATCH OF THE DAY: A total of 92 children participated in the annual St George Fishing and Restocking Club competition over the weekend.
CATCH OF THE DAY: A total of 92 children participated in the annual St George Fishing and Restocking Club competition over the weekend. Amanda Stenhouse

Annual fishing competition reels in successful weekend

FISHING: With schools of above average yellowbelly reeled in at the annual St George Fishing and Restocking Club competition, the weighing scales had plenty of extra strain, hook, line and sinker.

Held at the Balonne River and encompassing more than 240 nominations, there were 420 fish caught over the two-day tournament.

Black bream, carp, jew and golden perch were all pulled up but it was a 1.61kg yellowbelly, caught by Jackson Kadel, that stole the show and was awarded with the prestigious Heaviest Yellowbelly Memorial Trophy.

Club president Warren Whitaker said even though numbers were down, it was a fantastic weekend.

"There was a lot going on over the weekend in the region, but to still get almost 250 nominations we were very happy,” Whitaker said.

"We had a few out-of-towners from Toowoomba, Goondiwindi and then the likes of Dirranbandi and Bollon, which was fantastic.

"It was pretty hot over the weekend but everyone was just stoked to be out there and having fun.”

Altogether there were 92 juniors and 154 adults fishing, and one black bream, 10 jewfish, 142 carp and 267 yellowbelly caught.

Whitaker said the most reassuring aspect was the number of kids who participated.

"We had 92 nominations for the kids which just shows there is a strong future for the sport in the region,” Whitaker said.

"There's no greater feeling than watching the enjoyment on a kid's face when they are reeling in a big fish.

"That's the best thing about this competition and the sport, the family aspect, every family member has fun.”

With another successful year on the books for the club, Whitaker thanked the committee and locals for all their hard work.


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