Outback Trout Challenge a huge success


Competing at the Outback Trout Challenge at Bourke Swimming Pool on Saturday – l-r: Heidi and Erin Rice, Aaron Coyne with Liese O’Shannessy and Charley Coyne, Maddie Hurst with mum Belinda Hurst, Scott Willoughby and Charlie Hollman PHOTOs TWH

Bourke’s Ain’t Caught Nuffin’ Fishing Club turned it on for the community at the weekend, and gave the “big noters” the chance to prove just who deserves the title of Bourke’s best fisher.

The annual fishing competition had a twist this year - with too little water in the Darling River to run the competition, organisers came up with the next best thing – the Bourke swimming pool.

On Saturday, the Outback Trout Challenge event was held at the pool with everyone from fishers to families enjoying the day.

Fishing club spokesperson Tracey Coyne said the day was an amazing success.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped out or came along and made it such a great event,” Tracey said.

Swimming pool Manager Mark Hollman said having the event at the pool meant people who did not participate in the competition could still take part in the festivities.

“We had fairy floss, a jumping castle, glitter tattoos, the full menu at the kiosk, a free sausage sandwich on arrival - there was plenty to do, Mark said.

“All money raised through the Outback Trout Challenge goes back to re-stocking the Darling River with Yellowbelly and Murray Cod fingerlings.

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