Rocky Barra Bounty set to cast a line to save preserve fish

WHAT A WHOPPER: Fishermen on the Fitzroy River will be hoping to catch a big barra at today’s Rocky Barra Bounty but will any of them get anywhere near the size of this monster caught on Atherton Tableland’s Lake Tinaroo? Inset: Local Bill Sawynok.
WHAT A WHOPPER: Fishermen on the Fitzroy River will be hoping to catch a big barra at today’s Rocky Barra Bounty but will any of them get anywhere near the size of this monster caught on Atherton Tableland’s Lake Tinaroo? Inset: Local Bill Sawynok. Rocky Barra Bounty Website

BILL Sawynok loves his fishing, but he also wants to make sure his beloved sport doesn't deplete fish stocks in the Fitzroy River.

So, as a member of the organising committee for the XXXX Gold Rocky Barra Bounty, Bill said he wanted to try and promote fishing while minimising the impact on the fish.

The Barra Bounty is a tag and release event where fish are caught and then released after a photo of the catch is taken against a measuring device.

The event is becoming so popular that this year there are competitors from as far away as Western Australia. The limited number of places were booked out in March.

Tides this year were near ideal, however, windy conditions could make catching that record barramundi more of a challenge.

Last year, almost 700 fish were caught in the Fitzroy but Bill said based on this year's conditions, the committee wasn't expected such a large number.

"However, there are still good numbers of fish around, particularly in the 50-85cm size range," he said.

Proceeds from the competition will go back into enhancing the Fitzroy River, mainly through stocking barramundi fingerlings.

The total value of this year's prizes exceeds $20,000, with major sponsor XXXX Gold offering three nights on XXXX Island for four people. The event begins today and runs until midday Saturday.

Topics:  fishing, rockhampton

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