|  First Published: November 2005

After the success of the previous Golden Lure Competitions, where over 5,200 fish have been caught and released over the last four years, the Kingaroy Sportfishing Club (ANSA) are looking forward to running the tournament again at Bjelke-Petersen Dam on November 5 and 6, 2005.

Bjelke-Petersen Dam is situated near Murgon, three hours’ drive north of Brisbane. It has great facilities, including fully self-contained cabins; a caravan park with powered sites, hot showers and a well-equipped café; and a tackle shop. There are also many wineries and other tourist attractions within close proximity.

Bjelke-Petersen Dam is one of the premier impoundments of southeast Queensland, gaining a reputation for trophy-sized golden perch and Australian bass in recent years. This reputation draws anglers from all over the country. November will 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 a catch and release competition and everyone is welcome to enter. There must be at least two people per team and only lures 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, 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, which we trust will be valued by all competitors. 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 that the KSC will only be providing two trophies/prizes for any team category.

For the entry fee of $80 you will get 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 October 28 with early bird draws for competitors entered before October 21. 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 Lucas at Bass to Barra Marine on (07) 4162 7555 or at --e-mail address hidden-- – Rob Smith

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