Carp whisperer

Winner of the junior section, 14-year-old Jamie Hancock of Evans Head with her 5.09kg carp.
Winner of the junior section, 14-year-old Jamie Hancock of Evans Head with her 5.09kg carp. Doug Eaton

AFTER winning the annual Carp Muster's junior category for the second year running, it is clear Jamie Hancock has a gift.

The 14-year-old Evans Head resident and her family took part in the fourth annual Carp Muster, held in the Wilson and Richmond rivers and their catchments at the weekend.

Jamie's biggest carp weighed 5.09kg and won her $200.

"No one in my family has ever caught one as big," she said.

With two Carp Muster wins under her belt, Jamie revealed her secret.

"I cast out and start daydreaming and the fish just hook themselves," she said.

Carp Muster organisers were pleased with the 106 entries received this year.

"It's the best year we've ever had," organiser Dianne Clarke said.

"We had the most fish ever weighed in and, overall, there would have been more weight."

Conditions for the weekend's muster were ideal but Ms Clarke said carp were not biting as frequently as last year.

"We were a little bit earlier this year and they were spawning, which might have meant they weren't as hungry."

The event started in 2009 to minimise the number of carp, which threaten native fish species, in the Wilson and Richmond Rivers.

However, Ms Clarke said the pests continued to spread.

"When we started in 2009, they went as far as the Cook Weir, but we were told they're up to Collins Creek this year," she said.

Yesterday, the adult with the biggest carp was awarded $600.



The muster aims to reduce the number of carp in the Richmond and Wilson rivers.

This year the event received 106 entries - the most ever.

More carp were caught this year than ever before.

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