CANIA CLASSIC: Contestants will be lining the shores at Cania Dam for the district's premier fishing competition.
CANIA CLASSIC: Contestants will be lining the shores at Cania Dam for the district's premier fishing competition. Melinda Jones

Bag a boat at Lake Cania Fishing Classic

ANGLERS and boaties from far and wide will hit the North Burnett next week for the Cania Dam Fish Stocking Association's annual competition.

The Lake Cania Fishing Classic is on from November 9-11, serving as a much-needed fundraiser for one the region's prime fishing destinations.

Funds raised at the Classic are pumped back into the dam to keep its fish population healthy, and the event brings a welcome influx of tourism dollars to the caravan parks, supermarkets and service stations.

Nominations are flooding in thick and fast, with competitors given a rare opportunity to camp overnight at the dam.

The Classic consists of both senior and junior casting competitions, with plenty of great prizes up for grabs including a boat.

Patrick Vonhoff and Jason Vonhoff were pleased with their efforts on the water in the 2017 Classic.
Patrick Vonhoff and Jason Vonhoff were pleased with their efforts on the water in the 2017 Classic. Philippe Coquerand

Cania Dam Fish Stocking Association will be manning the canteen and secretary Rowena Clarke said preparations were well under way for an event that was not to be missed.

"Visitors to the dam have been catching bass, golden perch and saratoga, so fishing is looking great for the weekend,” she said.

"We are expecting 300 to 400 nominations and there will be hot showers, a canteen and bar available.

"The camping area is looking great after the recent rain and Brett Powter the care taker and member of the fishing club has been busy mowing and preparing the grounds.

"We are very thankful to all the business, local and away, who have donated prizes for the weekend.”

Anglers take to the dam during the 2017 competition.
Anglers take to the dam during the 2017 competition. Philippe Coquerand

The overall winner will take home an aluminium tinny that comes accessorised with a bimini canopy, motor, trailer and registration papers ready to tow away.

Organisers are also keeping the young anglers interested with a Koastal Kayak package on the line for the junior nomination prizewinner.

There will be bait available for purchase and major sponsor Compleat Angler will be on standby with tackle.

Gladstone Nissan donated $500 cash for the Longest Bass Overall, and Monto Party Hire and Clarke's Rug & Canvas donated $125 each for a Junior Longest Bass prize totalling $250 in cold, hard cash.



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