Lindsay Doust- Hook, Line & Sinker
Those dam bass
Last weekend about 50 anglers descended on Clarrie Hall Dam near Uki for the annual Australian Bass Association (ABA) fishing tournament. The event is run in a friendly, competitive way with the main aim of seeing how the stocks are going. This impoundment has some of the best bass fishing in the country and it was evident that the efforts of the ABA in keeping the stocks up is working. Hundreds were caught and released, ranging in size from well over 40cm to some very small ones at only about 10cm. Two fishermen from Lismore managed over 60 during the two days. Clarrie Hall Dam is a town water supply and is open to recreational angling with boats powered only by manual or electric propulsion. Queensland dams such as Somerset and Wivenhoe that provide water for Brisbane are also open to fishing. Another dam on the Gold Coast (Hinze) is also open to this type of fishing and it provides water for the Gold Coast City Council. There are many who believe that Rocky Creek Dam, with adequate safeguards, should be utilised in the same way.