CATCH OF THE DAY: Jess Green has taken her love of fishing and turned it into a community-wide event for all to enjoy.
CATCH OF THE DAY: Jess Green has taken her love of fishing and turned it into a community-wide event for all to enjoy. Contributed

Competition to breathe life into fishing community again

WHEN Jess Green caught her first yellowbelly when she was eight, she knew it was something she wanted to do forever.

It was this love of fishing that led her to organise Dalby's first fishing competition, kicking off tonight and finishing tomorrow evening.

"I've been thinking of it for a few years because about five years ago the fishing around the area was awesome,” Mrs Green said.

"The rivers were healthy and clear and the fishing was fantastic. It was a very strong fishing community at that time.

"It's sort of dwindled a little bit due to, I guess, lack of rain more than anything.”

Participants will be given a tag at the registration, happening on Friday night at the Windsor, before fishing starts on Saturday.

Each participant must catch their fish and take a photo with the tag.

Participants must provide measurements and photographs before 6pm on Saturday to determine the winners.

Prizes will be given out for biggest cod and biggest yellowbelly, as well as plenty of prizes for any kids who get involved.

As an avid fisher, Mrs Green has seen first-hand how the fishing culture in town has dropped over the years and wants to revitalise the sport she loves so much.

"We just want to stimulate the local fishing community and get it all going again,” she said.

"It'll also be an excuse to catch up with everyone again. I only started organising it about four or five weeks ago. I thought I'd bite the bullet and let's just do it.”

Time restraints meant the event had to be organised quickly, in order to maximise the experience.

"The murray cod season closes on the first of September,” Mrs Green said.

"They breed in that time and it's detrimental to them if you target them to fish because they then leave their eggs unattended.”

The competition is catch and release only, to keep within regulations and ensure no damage to the wildlife is done.


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