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All roads lead to Mary Valley for fishing classic

NICE ONE: Ben Jones lands a bass on lake Borumba.
NICE ONE: Ben Jones lands a bass on lake Borumba. Contributed

FISHING: The tranquil waters of Borumba Dam will be filled with fresh water anglers from around the country next month as final preparations are under way for the Mary Valley Family Fishing Classic.

Committee chairman Glenn Williams said interest in the competition was growing annually with an increased number of entrants expected to hit the water this year.

"Last year we saw over 90 entrants line up for a great weekend of fishing, camping, food, family fun, entertainment and prizes so we are really pleased to see early signs of interest this year.”

Mr Williams said the lake was stocked with a number of species including bass, golden perch, catfish, saratoga and silver perch, providing plenty of opportunity for anglers to take out the top prize.

He said while the competition, now in its fifth year, was growing in popularity, it started as a way to encourage people back to the region after the Traveston dam bid.

"It was a way to get a bit more focus on the Valley,” he said.

"It is hard to measure but it (the competition) has certainly been of assistance to businesses who are benefiting from it.

"We have had really good feedback and we try to offer a lot of variety.”

A special redclaw competition for juniors 15 years and under is on the agenda to accompany the main competition.

Mr Williams said while there are plenty of fish to catch, the competition has a catch and release policy that is strictly monitored by the Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association.

The family-oriented event starts on Friday, November 4 with a welcome campfire with fishing starting on Saturday, November 5.

"We really want to see the families turn out for the weekend as there will be a lot of good, outdoors fun, with any funds being raised going towards Lions community projects.”

Topics:  outdoor-living

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