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Catch a Catty Family Fishing Competition

THE Paradise Stocking Association is holding its seventh Catch a Catty Family Fishing Competition on August 26 and 27, 2017.

A boat package is up for grabs for the senior major draw on Sunday and the junior major draw is a kayak.  The competition is held at Mingo Crossing Caravan and Recreational Park on Gayndah Mount Perry Rd.  Mingo Crossing is part of Paradise Dam on the Burnett River.

The main fishing category is heaviest catfish for both seniors and juniors. Other fishing categories are golden perch, silver perch, bass, spangled perch and sleepy cod. The longest barra has $1000 on its head but barra have eluded anglers in past competitions. Maybe this is the year a cracking barra will be caught.

A trophy will be presented to the champion angler on Sunday. This award is decided by the highest overall weight of all species caught by anglers. A junior was the champion last year, so look out seniors because he is out to win again this year. The very popular lucky draw prizes will be given away at 6pm on Saturday and noon on Sunday before the presentation of the major winners for the weekend.

The caretakers at Mingo Crossing have said fish have been biting well, with quite a few golden perch caught recently, so it looks like this will be a very successful event. Running the competition would not be possible without the generous support from the major sponsors Tackle World Bundaberg, Barra Havoc Gin Gin, Bundaberg Marineland and Koastal Kayaks. Road Tech Marine Bundaberg has also donated a solar panel as the major raffle prize for the weekend.

Numerous other sponsors have generously donated too, which is greatly appreciated by the event organisers. At the event will be tackle stalls, a coffee van, a camping stall and a cake stall. The kiosk at the park will have plenty of bait and ice to keep you going.  The stocking association will hold a barbecue that will be running from Friday night right through to Sunday lunch.

This is an exciting family competition and to be able to participate you only have to register. You do not need to fish to win a lucky draw prize, you only need to be present to collect it. Registration costs are $25 per adult, $5 per junior (15 years and under) and $50 for a family of two adults and two juniors (each additional junior is $5).  Registration forms can be picked up from the major sponsors, or for further information phone Beppie on 07 4156 3185, Ruth on 07 4127 7252 or email

An early bird entry prize offer closes on August 21. Registration can also be paid at Tackle World Bundaberg. Put the dates in your calendar for this exciting family weekend. No permit is required to fish.

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