THE Goondiwindi Classic catch-and-release fishing competition is back for its third year, taking place from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 June. The event aims to raise funds for fish habitat restoration projects in the area and get fishos involved in sustainable fishing.
Run by the OzFish Goondiwindi Chapter, the family event is held to educate the community on sustainable fishing, and this year a carp cull has been introduced to educate locals on the invasive species.
Nathan Turner, OzFish Goondiwindi Chapter President, says the fishing tournament has become a greatly anticipated event that locals are keen to get stuck into.
“The Goondiwindi Classic brings together the local community and like-minded visitors from far and wide to enjoy a fantastic weekend on the mighty McIntyre River.
“There’ll be fun for all the family, with the added bonus of over $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs,” said Nathan.
More than 40 sponsors have contributed to the prize pool, including a family holiday to the Sunshine Coast, which everyone who registers goes in the draw to win.
Nathan is a big advocate of the event as it brings people together to spend time outdoors, and off their screens.
“Any chance to hit the water and throw a line in with family and mates sounds good to me,” said Nathan.
The prizes for adult competitors are awarded based on the length of the fish, which is to be submitted via a photograph taken during specified times over the weekend. Presentations will be held on the Sunday, from 12pm at the Goondiwindi Bowls Club.
Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Gundy Guns & Outdoor Supplies. Prices are $25 for adults, $10 for kids, and $60 for a family. To secure your ticket and find out more about the competition, head to https://ozfish.org.au/event/goondiwindi-classic-2023/