Anglers must be gearing up with their fishing rods and reels because the Australian Fishing Championships is going to start from November 7, 2016. The Whitsundays will host the event this year.
The finest anglers of Australia will compete against the mighty barramundi in Lake Proserpine (also known as Peter Faust Dam) in this year’s competition. The tournament this year will be collaboration between the Whitsundays, Mackay and Fraser Coast regions.
It is the opening round of the Australian Fishing Championships Series XIII, the tournament for which seasoned anglers eagerly wait for the entire year. The organisers will widely promote and televise the championships across the whole country.
Photo Credit: Sailing Whitsundays
The reason to host the event in Proserpine is that the lake is the home to bigger-sized barramundis most of which are more than one metre in size. Other favourite fishing spots also have barramundis but they are not that much bigger.
Craig Turner, the CEO of Tourism Whitsundays, believed that the event could increase the popularity of recreational fishing across the Whitsundays. He said that tourists already love to do recreation fishing around Whitsundays and the tournament is likely to make it more popular along with promoting the beautiful natural environment with its diversity of the islands.
Lots of visitors visiting Whitsundays prefer fishing in popular fishing spots such as near the Great Barrier Reef, at Lake Proserpine, or around the islands during their stay at Whitsundays. So, a tournament like this one is likely to increase the interest even more.
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Tourism Australia also included fishing in their Coastal & Aquatics Campaign after seeing its growing popularity among international visitors. In fact, fishing is popular among the natives too as it is one of the favourite pastimes among the Queenslanders.
By hosting the Championships, Tourism Whitsundays has created an excellent opportunity to display their gems – various fishing spots and wonderful natural attractions – to both foreign and domestic visitors.