WHAT A CATCH: Last year's winner, Wondai's Terry Allwood, starts strongly with an impressive bag in the first session of the 2018 final.
WHAT A CATCH: Last year's winner, Wondai's Terry Allwood, starts strongly with an impressive bag in the first session of the 2018 final. Mackenzie Colahan

PHOTOS: Cania turns up the bass

FISHING: Queensland's best bass hunters converged on Cania Dam this morning for the final of the annual Basstasstic Bass Fishing Competition.

The top 40 anglers from the qualifying rounds of the 2018 Basstasstic season face off this weekend to see who will reign supreme.

Competitors are vying a chance to share in $28,500 worth of cash and prizes, including first prize worth a whopping $8500.

The decider consists of three, five-hour sessions over two days, this Saturday and Sunday. The longest two fish from each session count towards the overall total with the victor pocketing the cash.

Organised by Cania local Russell Nowland, the not-for-profit freshwater, catch and release tournaments have been running for more than a decade.

Defending champion and top-ranked qualifier, Wondai's Terry Allwood, was on deck and is primed to win back-to-back titles.

A Burnett boy, Allwood knows Cania's waters like the back of his hand and has an impressive record on the dam.

He placed fourth in May's BASS Nation event and second in July's ABT Bass Pro, both held at Cania.

"I've been competing on the Basstasstic tour since 2009 - the social atmosphere is great,” Allwood said.

"I've got a pretty good track record here.

"This is my favourite dam. I've had some success here and always seem to catch a lot of fish.

"It's awesome getting out on the water and have a bit of fun.

Fishing fanatics travelled from across the southeast to take part.

Brisbane competitor Wayne Greenstreet was upbeat after a promising first session in which he caught two 400mm-plus bass.

Greenstreet and his brother Darren placed a close second in the Basstasstic teams final at Somerset recently and he said he's looking to go one better this weekend.

"Cania is one of my favourite spots, for sure,” he said.

"The fish seem to fight harder here. Bass fight hard and you can always catch plenty of them

"It's got some of the best scenery of any of the dams and some of the best fishing.”

Stay tuned for results tomorrow afternoon.