TOP CATCH: Cody Neal with a redclaw he caught at a previous Mary Valley Family Fishing Classic.
TOP CATCH: Cody Neal with a redclaw he caught at a previous Mary Valley Family Fishing Classic. Contributed

Mary Valley Family Fishing Classic to hook in anglers

THE Lions clubs of Gympie and Mary Valley have joined forces again to stage the Family Fishing Classic at Borumba Dam next month.

The clubs are pleased to again have the support of the Lake Borumba Fish Restocking Association for this year's event, to be held on November 7 and 8.

The objective of the project is to increase overall community awareness that the Mary Valley region of the south-east is a place of wonderful natural beauty with a resilient community spirit that is definitely worth a visit.

Mary Valley Family Fishing Classic committee chairman Glenn Williams said the event was expected to be bigger than last year with about 130 competitors from as far as Brisbane, Toowoomba, the Darling Down, Gladstone and the Sunshine Coast expected to register for the classic.

There will be assorted prizes for juniors for each species and the redclaw competition.

Meanwhile, adults will participate in a mystery length competition on a species as determined by the committee and announced at the competition.

For the adults, the catch-and-release event will be based on the size, and overall winners will be awarded about noon on Sunday.

Mr Williams said the fishing classic provided a family atmosphere and an opportunity to spend time outdoors while having fun and giving participants a chance to return home with a prize.

Those participating will be having fun while also supporting a good cause as all funds will go towards both Lions clubs.

There will be live entertainment from 6pm to 9.30pm on Saturday with popular Gympie singer Graeme Jensen performing at the Lions Camp in the Borumba Dam campgrounds.

Bring a chair and settle in for a good evening with karaoke for those looking to belt out a tune or two

Also available will be a delicious two-course meal on sale this year for $10.

All competitors 18 and over will require a stocked impoundment fishing permit in order to participate.

A permit can be obtained from the camp ground managers based at Borumba Dam in addition most fishing tackle outlets.

For more information regarding registering and camping, visit the website www.gympie.qld.lions

.org.au/projects.

Gympie Times

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