It was only founded in December 2018, but the Miles Condamine Fishing Club is about to celebrate its first major event the Miles Cray Catch from 25 to 27 January — and it is reeling in visitors from across South East and Central Queensland.

The event has already attracted dozens of competitors not only from Miles and Condamine, but also Tara, Chinchilla, Wandoan, Drillham, Moonie, Brisbane and Rockhampton. It will be a weekend for families and fishers of all abilities to camp out, discover the fishing scene at Miles and make some new friends over the hunt for the biggest crayfish, cod, yellow belly and jewfish.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Economic Development Councillor Donna Ashurst said she was looking forward to visitors experiencing the beauty and hospitality of the Miles community. “The Miles Cray Catch is going to be such a unique weekend of fun — not only for the Miles community but also for visitors to the Western Downs who will have the chance to see why we’re so proud of our region,” she said. “Miles has some wonderful fishing spots and I think this event will be a fantastic opportunity for people to stop, stay and play in the area. We’re thrilled for the Miles Condamine Fishing Club and I know it’ll be a great event for everyone.”

Fishing Club President Peter Delaforce founded the club in December 2018 after hearing of significant community interest. “We started a fishing and camping store in Miles in September last year and from that, had a lot of general inquiries from people looking for things to do on weekends,” he said. “Every month we’re going to run a fishing club event somewhere different and each event will be a whole weekend, so that might entice people to stay in town and do something. Even if you don’t consider yourself a true fisherman you can still come and sit in for the barbecue and the fun.”

In addition to being a fun family event, Peter said he has also teamed up with the Queensland Government and Biosecurity Queensland to set up a program to target invasive carp in the area.

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