It only had seven entrants when it kicked off seven years ago, but over 250 junior anglers are expected to take to the water in hopes of landing the big one at the Col Fletcher Ford Wyangala Fishing Club Junior Carp Competition on Saturday, January 11.
Wyangala Fishing Club president Pat Morgan said each year, competitors bring in hundreds of kilos of the freshwater fish that are believed to contribute to the degradation of aquatic environments and harm native species.
"They get a lot of enjoyment out of it. You should see the joy on their faces when they run up to us with their great big stinky dirty carp," Ms Morgan said.
Three categories of fishermen head out rod in hand hoping to bring in the catch of the day including Tiny Tots (0-6 years), Juniors (7-11 years) and Seniors (12-16 years), with prizes for the heaviest bag, heaviest carp as well as mystery weights and times.
"No child leaves without something, there's an astounding number of prizes," Ms Morgan said.
"It's going to be a great day and we're really looking forward to it."
Registration for the competition kicks off at 7am at the Ski Club at Wyangala Waters State Parl. Entry is a gold coin donation.
The club is also raffling off a huge number of prizes after the weigh-in and presentation at 5pm, including a boat worth $5500, with tickets just $5 each or three for $10.
The Wyangala Fishing Club would like to thank Col Fletcher Ford, Wyangala Country Club, Wyangala State Park, Lachlan Catchment, Cowra Phototronics, Cowra Marine, Bunnings Cowra, Errol Smith Revegetation and Erosion, Wayne and Michelle Walker, Keith Martin Bi-Rite, NSW Maritime Services, Repco Cowra, Frenches Store, Wilders Motorcycles, Cowra Freight, Brian Densmore, Ken Singleton, Den and Vicki Wilson, Greg and Jan pomering, Wayne and Jenny hudson and Pat and Dave Morgan for sponsoring the competition.
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