Big catch at Numeralla

The Numeralla Fishing Club were doing their bit for the environment and having fun at the same time during the annual Mud Marlin fishing competition recently.

A total of 1,802 'mud marlins' - European Carp - were caught during the annual fishing competition from the Numeralla River in the last week of January.

Seventy keen fishers participated in the fishing club's 10th annual week-long competition.

Teenager Jack Barnes caught the largest fish in the competiton landing a whopping big carp weighing 4.75kg.

The environmentally unfriendly, introduced European carp have an adverse impact on native fish in the river and once caught were removed and 'recycled' as fertiliser, as they are not considered a good eating fish.

Last week the Numeralla Fishing Club released 2,750 Murray Cod fingerlings into the river system and will be stocking 8,000 more Golden perch in three week's time.

This is the fifth annual native fish stocking event aimed at providing predatory pressure on juvenile European Carp.

The Club have partnered with Landcare, the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and Cooma-Monaro Shire Council in installing fish habitat/bank stabilisation structures and revegetating the river corridor.

The Club has been working with Landcare applying for funds to improve the river system in the upper Murrumbidgee catchment system.

One of the organisers, Roger Roach, said the weather was good for the week-long carp catching competition, and children under 16 made up more than half the entrants.

"The Numeralla Fishing Club have been targeting the removal of the carp fish through the Mud Marlin Competition, and a great number of prizes were up for grabs for different categories," Mr Roach said.

"The competition has been run by the Numeralla Fishing Club and everybody had a great time.

"It would not have been possible had it not been for the many locals who get involved and make this happen and to the generous sponsors over the years.

"Thanks go to the sponsors : Phillip & Shirley Blyton, Willow & Environmental Management Services (S&S Lang), Cooma-Monaro Shire Council, SMEVOO - Snowy Mountains Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Max and Coral Talbot, Mark and Barbara Shubert, Alpine Angler, Cooma Sports Store, Cooma Rural, Cooma Camping World, Braidwood Ground spraying, Barnes Family, Monbeef, Trevanion family, Boller & Co. Trots Transport, Jones Family, Monaro Fodder, Numeralla Landcare, Terry Myers Rural and Riparian."

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