With less than five weeks to go things could not be shaping up better for this year’s Roy Parsons Marine Centre Great Inland Fishing Festival.
|Angler, Mick Ehsman presenting a metre
plus cod for measure at last year’s event.
The catch and release competition now in its twelfth year will be held at Copeton Dam over December 3, 4 and 5.
With the dam approaching 30% capacity this is sure to see many anglers converge on the inland fishing mecca. Each year participants come from south east Queensland to the Hunter Valley with a large contingent from the coast always keen to try and land a trophy cod. It is expected in excess of 600 fishos will wet a line over the three days to challenge for some fantastic prizes.
Great Inland Fishing Festival Committee President, Mr Ray O’Neill said “it is great to welcome on board new major sponsor this year with Rod Dengate principal of Roy Parsons Marine Centre getting behind us.
“Rod has helped with the event for many years in varying capacities and when we needed someone to help us with a boat package for our fisherman’s dream raffle he was only too happy to oblige” said Ray.
With over $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs including the fisherman’s dream raffle and club challenge there is no doubt this is one of the premier inland fishing competitions in the state.
This year the Great Inland Fishing Champion will walk away with $1000 plus a trophy. There is a large range of daily prizes for male, female and junior anglers with Westlawn Insurance offering $300 for the biggest Cod of the competition and Wooli River Lodges stumping up $300 for the biggest Golden Perch over the three days.
Entry fees are very modest at $25 per adult, $10 junior, $35 family and a pensioner concession fee of $10. Day One of the competition sponsored by Copeton Waters State Park is on Friday December 3 and starts at 7am. Flag boats and bank stations will operate until 7pm.
Day Two of the competition is sponsored by Sapphire City Steel and Pipe and will again be conducted between 7am and 7pm. Sunday December 5 is the final day sponsored by awhimaway.com.au which will get underway a little earlier at 6am with final measure at 10am to enable campers to pack up and attend the presentation at 12pm.
“The rising water has meant that Copeton has been fishing particularly well of late with the Golden Perch being cooperative and every indication that we are set for a great Cod season which commences prior to the start of the competition on December 1” said Ray O’Neill.
For those who have been before they know what it is all about and for those that have not it is a chance to come along and camp on the waters edge at one of the most scenic dams in NSW and participate in what is a great fun family orientated weekend.
For additional information please have a look at the website www.inlandfishingfestival.com or contact Committee President Ray O’Neill on 02 6722 2831 or Committee Member Darrel Kachel on 0427 221 057.