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“You won’t catch a fish laying on the couch!”

Keith Turnbull and Ernie Delany showing off some of the raffle prizes for the Outback Fishing Challenge. Photo TWH

Bourke’s Outback Fishing Challenge is only two weeks away and is shaping up to be a huge event this year – running from Friday 18 August through until midafternoon Sunday 20 August.

Categories this year are men’s, ladies, and junior boys and junior girls – with prizes for the longest yellow belly, the longest carp, longest cod, and a prize for the most carp per camp.

There’s a huge number of prizes for all the winners and games for the children – including a jumping castle at the weigh-in venue – the Darling River Golf Club.

Spokesman for Bourke’s Ain’t Caught Nuffin Fishing Club, Ernie Delany, said that, contrary to popular opinion, there are plenty of yellow belly and other native fish in the river.

“Yes, there are plenty of carp about and it seems that’s all there is to catch,” Ernie said. “But in reality, the yellow bellies are currently gorging themselves on spangled perch – which have bred up during the floods.”

“There are plenty of yellow belly there, but they are not taking the fishing bait at the moment because there is plenty of other live bait in the river. […]

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