Lismore hooks new fishing tournament
Lismore will host some of the best anglers from Australia and also give amateurs a chance to win a trip to America when it hosts a new fishing tournament in late April.
"The sport of tournament bass fishing has never been so popular, and has evolved into an adrenaline pumping, hard-core fishing experience where the best anglers from Australia compete in a catch and release-style event," tournament organiser and managing director of B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Drew McGrath said.
The TT Lures Wilsons River Rumble will be held from April 21-24 out of Riverside Park in Lismore.
"We will have over 100 anglers, the hype will be incredible. It will bring a lot of money into the area," he said.
The contest will be one of seven qualifiers in a series that runs up and down the east coast of Australia.
The tournament will randomly pair amateurs with a professional who brings the boat. Each angler competes against others in the same category so they can work together in the boat.
"The amateurs fish off the back of the boat. We encourage them to get involved because they can learn an amazing amount from the guys at the front," Mr McGrath said.
Bass fishing is the number one form of tournament fishing in the world, he said.
"They are an incredible hardy fish. You can put them in a holding tank all day and they will survive when released back into the river that afternoon, without a problem," he said.
Bass can get up to four kilograms in weight, but during the tournament in the local rivers fish are likely to be as big as two kgs he said.
"There is up to $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs over the weekend. If anglers go on to win their class across the entire series they can win an all expenses paid trip to America," he said.
The tourism department of Lismore council had played a key role in helping to bring the tournament to the town, Mayor Jenny Dowell said.
"It is really exciting, for four days we we will have some very serious anglers here," she said.
"The fact that it is catch and release fits in with our sustainability vibe.
"The weigh-in could prove to be a real focal point for spectators," the mayor said.