FISHING FUN: Keen fishers, young and old, turnout to Taroom this time each year for a quality fishing competition.
FISHING FUN: Keen fishers, young and old, turnout to Taroom this time each year for a quality fishing competition. Contributed

Hook, line and sinker

FISHERS from all over will descend on Taroom for the annual Taroom Fishing Competition this weekend.

The two day competition on June 8 and 9 draws keen fishermen and women from far and wide according to Harry Johnson from the Taroom Fishing and Restocking Club.

"During this time of the year a lot of Victorians come up to Queensland for the our winters,” Mr Johnson said.

"We get fishers from Rockhampton, over the Sunshine and Gold Coast, Brisbane, Moura and Roma.”

Given the previous success of this competition, competitors can expect the running and set-up of the event to be the same as previous years.

"I think it'll be about the same this year, all going well,” Mr Johnson said.

"It's run along the same lines as every previous year.

"The weather is getting cooler so the yellow-belly will be biting.”

The Taroom Fishing and Restocking Club have been busy preparing the waters for fishing, by contributing their time and funds.

"We put 14,000 fingerlings in this year,” Mr Johnson said.

"Usually its between 14,000 to 16,000 fingerlings each year we put in from our club's money.

"We spend about $4,000 to$ 5,000 each year on fingerlings.”

The Taroom Fishing and Restocking Club plan to provide ample facilities for all participants coming long distances away.

"We have some use of the next door neighbours property for our facilities,” Mr Johnson said.

"There's still a lot of camping area for participants, with half a dozen or so portable toilets.

"And we also have a shower van so everybody can have a hot shower.”

They're some prizes up for grabs, as well as some food and refreshment on offer to kick back and enjoy after a day on the boat.

"We give away a 40 litre Engel as the senior lucky door prize, and a rod and reel for the junior lucky door prize,” Mr Johnson said.

"The Lions Club have fish and chips, Taroom Shire Cancer will handle the canteen and our Fishing club the bar.”