THIS year’s Sofala Carp Blitz smashed previous attendance records with 307 people registering to go fishing during the two-day event.
The blitz, now in its eighth year, was held last weekend with many people choosing to camp along the river for the two days. The usually Gin clear, rocky pools of the Turon and Crudine Rivers turned to a chocolate brown half way through the event due to a 21mm down pour in quick time, giving the upper hand well and truly to the bait anglers.
Anglers caught 239 carp and one redfin in the Turon and Crudine rivers. All up, the fish weighed just over 618 kilograms.
“It was a huge success with a record-breaking crowd,” organiser Colin Gordon said.
Funds raised during the event will be halved between the Kids With Cancer Foundation along with the cost of restocking the rivers with native Murray cod and golden perch.
And the winners were:
Biggest carp: Louise Murphy (7.33kgs), Biggest bag in the men's competition: Rod Evans (28 fish), Biggest bag in the ladies competition: Keira Roach (11 carp), under-5s winner: Payton Edwards (4.86kg) and Jessie Morehead (3.24kg), 6 years winners: Brock Gosper (4.31kg) and Emi Edwards (3.94kg), 7 years winner: Brooke Rankin (3.45kg) and Luke Moore (2.3kg), 8 years winners: Dixie Meekin (5.5kg) and Cooper Edwards (5.09kg), 9 years winners: Ethan Robinson (3.42kg), 10 years winners: Noah Evans (2.18kg) and Benson Burge (1.84kg), 11 years winner: Charlotte Evans (1.88kg), 12 years winner: Jacob Hawley (1.8kg), 13 years winner: Sarah Lane (5.03kg) and Callan Finnerty (3.82kg), 14 years winners: Leticia King (4.31kg) and Callum Evans (3.9kg), 15 years winner: Connor Evans (3.4kg), 16 years winner: Tiarna Robinson (1.19kg). The Mystery weight prize of $100 cash was won by Tom Davies with a 4.26kg carp (donated by Sherie Sinclair at the Old Sofala Gaol Cafe).
The biggest carp caught on a fly was won by Peter Lister (7.07kg), the Redfin winner was Simon Fazzari (0.5kg).
The best baits on the day were worms, corn, bread and Berkley soft plastics.