Coming from near and far for round 2 of Carp Busters
For Deon Matthee, carp fishing has almost become second nature, after taking part in it for 40 years already.
Not given many opportunities to catch the pest, Mattthee travelled all the way from North Lakes in Brisbane to Condamine last weekend to attend the second round of the Western Downs Carp Busters competition.
Going up against 54 other competitors, the trip was well worth his while as he walked away with the most carp caught and runner-up for the largest carp.
"If you can get them on the bite, then you are more likely to catch them,” he said.
"It's more of the science behind it. If you find out what they like, where they are and how they move, that will really benefit you.”
Considered a pest, the carp breed at a considerably fast rate and Matthee knows it's going to be an uphill battle to get rid of them.
That's why the most enjoyable part of his weekend was teaching the local members of the Condamine fishing club how they can catch more.
"The people from the club seem to be very keen to get rid of the carp, however they don't know how,” he said.
"That's why I enjoyed passing on my skills I've gained over the years, as well as teaching them the methods on how to catch them.
"We also went through the resources that are available and where they can find them.
"There was three or four members who really took my advice on board and are going to implement it.”
Over the weekend the majority of the camping and fishing was done at Caliguel Lagoon with competitors also fishing at the Dogwood in Miles and the Chinchilla Weir. A total of 100 carp were removed from our local waterways over the two days, along with 10 yellow belly and five jew.
Matthee loved the weekend's event, finding it very family friendly, relaxed, enjoyable and not intense.
"It was great to be a part of such a wonderful event this weekend,” he said.
"For the club to be able to put on something like this and the fact that it can attract people from Brisbane and surrounds, just shows how well it is doing.
"Both the club and organisers should be very proud of themselves for putting on such a wonderful weekend.
"I hope I can come back and fish again next year.”