FLASHBACK: Bill Schloss, Matthew Langford and Terry Allwood hold up a nice brace of bass caught in shallow water on Lake Boondooma in June (Photo: Matthew Langford)

October 19, 2016

Organisers of the annual Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition are expecting to set some new benchmarks next year.

Yellowbelly Fishing Competition spokesman Terry Allwood said on Wednesday that with the lake fishing extremely well, the 2017 event should set new records in both the long standing gilled and gutted section, as well as in the catch and release component.

Cash and other prizes will be presented at the end of each of the three sessions, as well as to the overall competition winners at the conclusion of the event.

Profits from the event are used to supplement fishing permit funds from the Queensland Government.

To date, approximately 5 million fingerlings have been stocked into Lake Boondooma.

The catch and release category targeting Australian Bass and Yellowbelly is open to all anglers who nominate, and is being sponsored by Stanwell Corporation and Swickers Kingaroy Bacon Factory.

The annual competition will be held on February 11-12, 2017.

Entry costs for the event will be $20 for adults and $5 for juniors aged 16 years and under.

“The ongoing support of our many generous sponsors will ensure that a wide range of prizes and lucky draws are available for all competitors,” Terry said.

“They include a boat and a motor trailer package.

“Lucky draws are held at the end of each fishing session and at the Friday night briefing.”

All presentations and lucky draws are conducted at the event headquarters, the Stocking Association’s clubhouse.

“Food and drinks stalls will be provided by local community groups over the weekend, and the great camping facilities provided by the South Burnett Regional Council will be available for campers staying at the lake.”

The cost of camping fees and details of accommodation options at the lake can be found on the Council’s website or by ringing the Lake Boondooma Kiosk on (07) 4168-9694.

Additional information on the local area and past fishing competitions can be found on the Proston Online website.

For additional information, contact Terry Allwood on 0400-860-122.

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