Record numbers cast a line in the 2016 Classic
A RECORD 124 entrants signed up for the 2016 Mary Valley Fishing Classic held at Lake Borumba, via Imbil last weekend.
Committee chair, Glenn Williams said a combination of fine weather, warm conditions, the dam fishing well and a record number of entries made for a great
family weekend of fun in the surrounds of the beautiful Mary Valley.
"Fishing was great with a good haul of bass being measured with silver perch, golden perch, catfish and saratoga being caught but not in huge numbers,” he said.
However, the number of redclaw caught was fewer than in previous years in the Juniors competition with only 12 measured over the two-day period which Williams said was a "surprise”.
"The great thing about this event is that it does not impact on fish stocking levels as it is a 'catch and release' event with the fish needing to swim away after being measured by members of the Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association who act as marshals during the competition,” Mr Williams said.
"The stocking association has done a great job in maintaining the fish population despite a fall in revenue during the year; due to restrictions on dam access because of algal bloom outbreaks,” he said.
"I'd urge anyone with an interest in their activities to contact them about becoming a volunteer as they would welcome the help,” he added.
The committee has voted to return all profits from this year's competition to the Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association to help with restocking activities.
Mr Williams thanked all of those who took part or provided sponsorship for the competition as it helped make the event a huge success this year.
Bass and golden perch were the most prominent of all the species landed with 136 and 26 measured respectively.
Saratoga and catfish were next with six a piece with just one silver perch.
In the juniors, Jye Graylike took out the redclaw competition with a massive 21cm monster, while Tahlia Patterson caught herself a 44.8cm bass.
Her sister Sienna was not to be outdone when she landed a 47.4cm golden perch winning that division while Jye Graylike backed up his redclaw win with a 47.1cm catfish.
Ethan Pearce was the final junior winner landing a 47.5cm saratoga.
In the seniors Ben Jones took out the bass category with a 48.6cm effort while Peter Batey landed a huge 80.8cm saratoga.
Marquis Chapman fished in the right spots to snag a 50cm golden perch while Nicholas Grey and Adrian Ward netted a 50.3cm catfish and 45.5cm silver perch respectively.
The mystery length prize was won by Mel Pearce when she landed a 43cm bass.
Williams said the event broke all entrants records with 124 competitors taking to the water.
"About 50% nominated prior to the event with the early bird special, with the other 50% turning up on the day,” he said.
He also said that while it is never guaranteed, all the signs were positive for the event to go ahead next year.
"It is looking encouraging, all the indicators are that it will go ahead,” he said.