Thousands of anglers ready for Yellowbelly comp

7th February 2018 9:44 AM
WINNER: Yellowbelly 2017 overall winner Jim Dunn accepts his prize from Corey Goldie. WINNER: Yellowbelly 2017 overall winner Jim Dunn accepts his prize from Corey Goldie. Rybell Images

FISHING: It is the family friendly atmosphere that attracts one thousand anglers to Lake Boondooma for the annual Yellowbelly fishing competition.

Keen anglers will travel to the region for the event this weekend across Saturday and Sunday.

Secretary of the Boondooma Stocking Association Terry Allwood is looking forward to welcoming people to the South Burnett in the 28th year of the event.

"I enjoy seeing all the people come to the area and showcasing what we have in the South Burnett,” he said.

Allwood believes adapting the event has ensured its longevity.

"By keeping it affordable for families and changing it up and making it enjoyable for families,” he said.

"In the last few years it has really exploded thanks to the word spreading on social media and Facebook.”

It is set to be a competitive yet social atmosphere.

"Some people take it seriously but we also accommodate for families,” Allwood said.

There will be a gilled and gutted section for yellowbelly, bass, jew, silver perch and spangled perch.

There will also be a catch and release section for longest yellowbelly and bass and for the most fish caught and released.

All profits from the weekend will go back into the Boondooma Stocking Association to stock more fingerlings in the dam.

Since the stocking group started five million fingerlings have been stocked.

Attendees will be aiming to take home $40,000 worth of cash and prizes to be given away across the weekend with prizes for anglers and luck door prizes for spectators.

Nominations are open on the day and to nominate it is $20 for an adults and $5 for juniors 16 years and under.

For more information phone Terry Allwood on 0400860122.