Over half a ton of carp were dragged out of Keepit Dam over the Easter break as 264 anglers baited up for the second annual fishing frenzy to help rid local waterways of the introduced pest species.
The Carp, We Don’t Keepit event is run by the Lake Keepit Family and The Pub Angling Clubs, who are hoping to make it an annual family day out on the fishing calendar, as well as an important starting point to the conservation conversation.
The anglers ranged from professional to amateur, with the keen fisherman and women pulling out 579 carp from the dam, weighing in at an impressive 565kg.
Coordinator Ane Michie said that one of the interesting things to come out of the second year was the difference in fish size and weight compared to the inaugural year in 2016.
“We caught a lot more fish than last year but recorded less weight overall,” Mrs Michie said.
“I don’t know if it is the rain or dam levels but the fish were smaller and we got more of them. At least they won’t grow to be big carp now.”
Once again it was a female angler that landed the catch of the day, with Kristy Bain pulling in a 7.695kg monster, while Jamie Urqhart pulled in the longest with a 72cm fish.
Jarrod Denman had the most successful outing, with 40 fish landed over the weekend.
“It is a great community event and family fun day out,” Mrs Michie said.
“We probably don’t make a lot of difference, but it is a good way to start the conversation about ethical and responsible fishing.”
The caught carp will be made into fertiliser.