Following the raging success of the inaugural event earlier this year, the Burrumbeet carp fishing competition will again take place, and it’s happening this weekend.
Hundreds of fishermen are expected to cast into the water on Sunday.
Event organiser Bill Hammond said the lake had been overrun by carp since it became dry during the drought.
As the quality of fishing became progressively worse, he decided something had to be done. Earlier this year the first carp fishing competition came to Lake Burrumbeet, with more than 200 people casting a line every two weeks.
This time the competition will be held over six months in the hope of eliminating as many carp as possible.
Mr Hammond said at least five tonne worth of carp could be pulled from the water over the summer.
“As soon as you put a worm out you catch a carp these days,” he said.
“We can never get rid of them completely, but we want to reduce the numbers to a low enough level so nature can take over and keep them down.”
Although prizes will not be awarded for huge catches and big hauls, Mr Hammond is still confident there will be a big turnout of anglers.
“It will give people that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you know you have helped out in your own way,” Mr Hammond said.
The competitions will be held every second Sunday from 8am to 4pm at Lake Burrumbeet.
It is expected that 300 people will compete.
This year 30 kilograms of chicken pellets have been donated by The Haymarket. Mr Hammond said any donations would be greatly welcomed.
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