Time to throw a line in for Bre Big Fish


Larry Neale from Brewarrina RSL with the prize pool of the Bre Big Fish. PHOTO TWH

The Bre Big Fish event is on this June long weekend and following two years of cancellations due to COVID, the good news is that fish have had plenty of time, and plenty of flows, to build up their numbers.

There’s good news and bad news though - fish numbers will have risen in those two years, but the recent heavy rain has seen river levels rise and that means the fish are likely to move upstream.

President of Bre Big Fish, Max Jeffery, said that meant it might be harder to pull in the big yellowbelly and cod that anglers are chasing, but the upside was that there would be plenty of carp to get out of the river.

In previous years, carp catches have reached half a tonne and the fishing competition is an important part of the Bre community’s river management as well as being a drawcard for anglers from far and wide.

“It’s great to be back on after a couple of years of cancellations,” Max said. “Now we just have to wait and see what the rain does and how high the river gets.

“When the river rises, the fish go upstream so it’s a bit harder for people to catch the yellowbelly, but there’ll still be plenty of carp to pull in and that’s what it’s all about,” he said.

Registrations open this Friday afternoon at the Bre RSL and the Information Centre. It’s worth throwing a line, with big prize money on offer.

The longest cod prize winner gets $1000, longest yellowbelly $800, Johnny Jarry’s heaviest carp $500 and the angler who pulls in the most carp wins $500.

Weigh-ins begin at 5pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday with the presentation and major raffle draw from 1pm on Sunday.

Tricia Duffield