April 30, 2021

Bingara Anglers Club’s annual Easterfish Competition returned on Good Friday after a year’s hiatus with a strong field of 184 entries, despite recent flooding and muddy waters. Club President Stuart Lanagan told The Gwydir News that the Club was pleased that the event had been so well supported.

“It surprised us a bit, the way the water was – all muddy and that. The last competition we held (in 2019) had 206 entries, so it was pretty close to that,” he said.

Secret Weight Kayak Winner Brandi Evans with Bingara Anglers Club President Stuart Lanagan.

Given the recent conditions and years of drought preceding it was no surprise that Carp numbers were strong with 266 caught by registered entrants over the three-day event. Cod and Yellowbelly were caught in much smaller numbers, however it is hoped those figures will grow over the next few years as fish released into the Gwydir throughout 2020/21 mature.

Excellent support continued at the conclusion of the competition on Sunday afternoon with entrants coming together at the Hatchery for the presentation, some entertainment and refreshments.

Category winners from this year’s competition were:

  • Longest Cod: Men’s – Jamie Hay, Women’s – Helen Seage, Boy’s – Lachlan Watson, Girl’s – Alisa Hladky.
  • Longest Yellowbelly: Men’s – Troy Hobday, Women’s – Debbie-Jo Macey, Boy’s – Toby White (count back on cod), Girl’s – Rebecca Macey.
  • Longest Catfish: Men’s – Greg Macey, Women’s – Debbie-Jo Macey, Boy’s – Anikan Dyke, Girl’s – Rebecca Macey.

Carp sponsored by Northern Slopes Landcare

  • Heaviest: Men’s – Dale Baldock, Women’s – Monique Foster, Boy’s – Liam Foster, Girl’s – Terri Lee Abra.
  • Over-all Most Carp: Liam Foster.
  • Secret Weight Kayak winner: Brandi Evans.
  • Secret Length: 1st – Jamie Hay, 2nd – Robbie Apthorpe, 3rd – Blaire Johnson.

All money raised from Bingara Anglers Club event is returned to the Club to ensure its viability and help its programs in growing and preserving stock for the health of the local river system.