Keen anglers tackle lake moondarra fishing classic

It's the time of year when the banks of Lake Moondarra are flooded with keen anglers, families and spectators for the annual Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic.

With buckets of bait, lures, and fishing rods, participants were ready to cast, catch, and weigh in their sooty grunter, sleepy cod or the elusive barra with hopes of scoring a win in one of the 20 prize categories.

Up to 300 competitors took part in the three-day fishing competition, to mark the Fishing Classic's 20th birthday.

Slightly overcast, cooler conditions were ideal for campers, however, also meant the huge fish were not biting this year, with the largest barra weighed in at 6.39 kg.

The spectators on land were treated to fun activities including the dragon boat regatta, live music and a spectacular fireworks display over the lake.

Mount Isa Mines sported three teams in the hotly contested dragon boat regatta, which saw the canoe club's Dragon Our Tail team take home the trophy. There was some friendly rivalry as competitors paddled their dragon boats along the lake in a series of heats, prior to the final which saw Glencore's Struck team come in second place with MICO's Dreamboat Dragon Boat team in third place.

In true winning style, our teams donated their prize money to charity.

Mount Isa Mines hosted a community stall over the weekend where spectators on the bank could try their hand at pluck a duck, fishing games and boat races on the shore.

Mount Isa Mines' gold sponsorship sees a continuation of its long-term support for the Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic which delivered another valuable community event for the region, building community vibrancy, while attracting visitors to the region.

The next community event sponsored by Mount Isa Mines will be Christmas in the City on Friday, 22 November at the Mount Isa Civic Centre. This event combines the annual Carols by Candlelight, lighting the Christmas tree, along with a free children's concert. We hope to see you there.