Avid anglers are being encouraged to secure their spot in the GoFish Nagambie half-a-million-dollar tournament in April, with entries now open.
Entries are capped and there is a limit of 1000 boats.
Local fishing legend and GoFish Nagambie stalwart Wally Cubbin said he was excited to see his backyard full of passionate anglers, all vying to be crowned the inaugural champion of GoFish Nagambie.
‘‘The festival hub is something we’ve never seen before at a comp like this,’’ Mr Cubbin said.
‘‘Live music, a chance to chat and hear other anglers’ stories, and hang-out with our non-fishing families, it’s definitely going to be a highlight.
‘‘A local is a good chance at taking out the big $80000 cheque for the biggest Murray cod because they know the area like the back of their hand.’’
The GoFish tournament zone spans more than 11.11sqkm of waterways, with access to boat ramps and bank-fishing hot-spots normally inaccessible to the general angler. The tournament area reaches from the Goulburn Weir and includes everything 30km upstream to the junction with Hughes Creek. All backwaters, billabongs, lagoons and creeks within this area are in the competition zone, including the Majors Creek system and Sandy Creek.
The waterways include plenty of heavy timber, standing trees, overhanging structures, willow trees, thick weed beds and a river channel that provides the lake system with depths varying from half a metre to 11m in some locations.
Minimal water flow makes for great fishing opportunities and allows for a range of different fishing styles including bait, lure and even fly.
■Entries are now open. To enter visit: gofishnagambie.com.au
You can also follow the GoFish Nagambie Facebook page for updates.