• Working to make healthy
    waterways for better fishing
    and a better future

  • Working to make healthy
    waterways for better fishing
    and a better future

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Catch Cards for 2012 Classic

2 May 2012

The strangle hold that introduced pest fish have on our inland waterways has been highlighted at the Easter time Canobolas Marine Lake Burrendong Classic, with pest species catches more than doubling those of natives angled by the 1000 plus strong field.

Fifteen marshals took to the water for the long weekend competition, and when IWRA’s PR Officer Gordon Cowan dissected the data collected by the officials, unfortunately not all the results were pleasing in terms of the waterway’s health.

A total of 1,580 fish were caught during the 15 hours of competition fishing, but sadly just 505 of these fish were native species. The vast bulk of the catch were introduced Redfin, or English Perch, which were originally imported from the United Kingdom in 1861. They are a ferocious predator and can carry the EHN virus which can have detrimental effects of native fish populations.

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Over 1000 Entries at the 2012 Lake Burrendong Classic!

2 May 2012

One thousand and seventy-nine entrants registered for the third annual Lake Burrendong Classic catch and release fishing competition over the Easter weekend, and in turn raised tens of thousands of dollars which will be put towards rejuvenating our local waterways. One junior entrant, four month old Tully Brown, registered by his grandparents, had a particularly good weekend when his ticket was drawn from the barrel earning the infant a brand new Quintrex Explorer trailer boat complete with a 15 horse power motor.

The volunteer IWRA committee, administration team and marshals did amazingly well in coping with the 53% increase in competitor numbers, with the team run off their feet for much of the weekend catering for visiting families and fishers from as far away as Darwin, Alice Springs, Stawell and Cairns.

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Over 500 Entries at Lake Burrendong Classic 2010

30 December 2010

Over 500 keen anglers ventured to Lake Burrendong over the Easter break to try their luck in the inaugural Lake Burrendong Classic catch and release fishing competition. Sports fishermen and women travelled from across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria to compete for a share in $23,000 worth of prizes in the name of a good cause, as all proceeds generated by the event were flagged for native fish restocking projects. Organisers of the event could not be happier with the support the competition received with the high level of entries cementing the competition on the Australian recreational fishing calendar.

Lake Burrendong was blessed with weather that could be described as nothing short of magnificent with beautiful sunshine, glass like conditions on the water and a pleasant temperature making for excellent fishing. Come presentation time at 3pm on Easter Sunday afternoon, it was standing room only in the massive 45 X 15 meter marquee provided by the team at Aussie Country Catering Gulgong, as anglers from across the country gathered in the hope of taking home a cut of the healthy prize pool. Families, social groups, fishing clubs and both the young and old were in attendance, and competed in the five species categories, casting competitions and lucky door prize draws. The fishing did not disappoint with the bulk of the fish coming from the Macquarie Arm of the lake. Both lures and bait worked well with those choosing to fish the tight structure doing the best.

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