CAPITALISING on the success of the 2003 Golden Lure comp, where 117 competitors in 58 teams caught and released 1002 legal fish, the Kingaroy Sportfishing Club (ANSA) is looking forward to running this event again. The 2003 tournament was conducted under trying conditions, using lures and fly only, and couldn’t quite match the 1860 fish of 2002.
This year’s Golden Lure comp, based at Bjelke-Petersen Dam, will be held on the weekend of November 13-14. Bjelke-Petersen Dam is situated near Murgon, 2 1/2 hours’ drive north of Brisbane. Its excellent facilities include fully self-contained cabins, a caravan park with powered sites, hot showers and a well equipped café and tackle shop, making it easy for all competitors to enjoy the comp. There are also wineries and other tourist attractions nearby.
Bjelke-Petersen Dam is one of the premier impoundments of Southeast Queensland, with a reputation for trophy-sized golden perch and Australian bass in recent years. This reputation draws anglers from all over the country, and November should see the dam fishing its best. After a long, cold winter the hungry fish will be out on the extensive flats and weed beds looking for any morsel they can find, including lures.
The event is catch and release only, and everyone is welcome to attend. There must be at least two people per team and only artificial lures, baits and flies can be used. Trolling lures is allowed and our club has tried to make this competition as enjoyable as possible by having the rules this way. In keeping with this fun theme, just like the old days, the emphasis isn’t on the prizes but on the fishing and the enjoyment that goes with it.
There will be a small number of top quality prizes and trophies. Prizes and trophies will be given for Champion Team and Runner Up, Champion Senior and Runner Up, Champion Junior and Runner Up, Longest Golden Perch and Longest Australian Bass. There will also be two perpetual trophies up for grabs for Champion Team and Champion Angler (Senior or Junior). Teams larger than two need to be aware the KSC will be providing only two trophies and two prizes for any team category.
The entry fee of $75 covers all meals for the weekend, nomination into the competition and a satisfying and relaxing weekend. Don’t forget that it is BYO alcohol. Nominations close last mail November 8 2004. Freshwater Stocked Impoundment Permits are required to fish the competition.
Camping arrangements can be made with Yallakool Tourist Park on (07) 4168 4746.
For more information contact Robert Smith (Secretary) Kingaroy Sportfishing Club Inc. PO Box 647, Kingaroy 4610; work (07) 4162 6235, mobile 0407 574 868 or email --e-mail address hidden-- - KSFCReads: 567