Moondarra Classic overhaul
  |  First Published: June 2014

The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic, one of Outback Queensland’s most iconic annual events, is undergoing an overhaul in 2014.

Now in its 16th year, the much-loved event will see organisers the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group face adversity head-on in the form of drought and forecast low water levels for Lake Moondarra.

Having never been cancelled in its long running history, organisers decided to take a positive spin on the forecast, reformatting the event to allow for any water level.

The man tasked with driving the event to success is new Event Manager Steve Farnsworth.

“I have been involved with the Fishing Classic as Weigh Master since the comp’s inception in 1999, and with the Fish Stocking Group for even longer,” Steve said. “The Classic is a hugely important event for Mount Isa and the northwest, and to simply cancel it due to forecasted low water levels just wasn’t something we [Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group] were willing to do.”

“The Classic is a major fundraising platform for community organisations and a major event on the annual tourism and recreational calendar, so we just had to get creative with our program.”

With further details to be released over the coming weeks, Steve went on to reveal that the 2014 Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic would be hosted over a revised two-day format: 6pm Friday October 24 through to 5pm Saturday October 25, with Saturday evening when fishing concludes to include the presentations, live entertainment and (all going well) the popular fireworks spectacular.

Still boasting aspects such as camping, beach volleyball, bars, food and of course fishing with thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs, Steve also hinted that with records showing majority of fish traditionally being weighed in between Friday night and Saturday morning, 2014 could just be a record year no matter what the fishing format.

More information on the 2014 Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic is available at www.lakemoondarrafishingclassic.com.au and social media pages. Competitors, spectators and fans are encouraged to stay tuned for more news as it is released. - MIFSG

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