More than 2000 anglers wet their lines at GoFish Nagambie from April 25 to April 28.
The inaugural fishing tournament, running in conjunction with GoNagambie Festival, had fishermen compete for $500000 in cash prizes.
‘‘The best thing has been the excitement amongst the anglers; it’s incredible to see an event of this scale in regional Victoria, it’s the best,’’ GoFish ambassador Rhys Creed said.
‘‘The festival vibe is fantastic, this event will be here for a long time to come.’’
GoFish ambassador Paul Worsteling said 1150 fish were caught.
‘‘A monster cod was caught — I’ve spoken to the guy who caught the fish, it’s so exciting,’’ Mr Worsteling said.
More than 2000 fishers, 1000 boats and an eager fishing community came together to benefit the Nagambie community and the environment, and for a whole lot of fun.
Event director Daryl Herbert explained why Nagambie was chosen as the location for the event.
‘‘It was a combination of an outstanding location for fishing native fish, the close proximity to Melbourne, the perfect venue to host all event festival elements and a passionate local community who fully support the vision for GoFish Nagambie,’’ Mr Herbert said.
The overall winner of the four-day event was Albury fisherman Clint Alvey, who was awarded the $80000 cash prize for his 109.96cm cod.