Rocky’s Fitzroy River Casts Out for the Big Catch with $10K Thready Challenge


Fishos, get ready to wet a line for a bonzer chance to pocket a tidy $10,000 on the Fitzroy River (Tunuba), as Rockhampton announces the return of the much-anticipated $10K Thready Competition. Part of the annual Fishing The Fitzroy extravaganza, this year’s comp invites anglers of every stripe – from dab hands to greenhorns – to snag a tagged king threadfin, with a cool ten grand up for grabs.

Rockhampton’s top dog, Mayor Tony Williams, is chuffed to bits, bringing the competition back for its fourth year, adding a ripper event to the city’s fishing tournament lineup. “It’s a fair dinkum win for Rocky, showing off our top-notch fishing right in the city’s guts. Plus, we’re not just the Barra capital; we’ve got tough fighters like the king threadfin too,” said Mr. Williams.

This year’s comp also shines a light on sustainable angling, aligning with Rocky’s Recreational Fishing Voluntary Code of Practice and the barra closed season.

Zac Garven, the head honcho of Advance Rockhampton Tourism and Events, reckons the competition is a beaut way to put Rockhampton on the map as a fishing mecca and pull in punters from all over. “It’s a big deal for local tourism. You can touch down, check into your digs, and be on the Fitzroy with a rod in your hand in no time. Plus, it’s good for the local economy, with visitors having a burl at everything Rocky has to offer,” Mr. Garven said.

With the competition casting off on 1 November 2023 and running until the stroke of midnight on 31 January 2024, there’s plenty of time to join the hunt for the elusive $10K thready. So grab your gear, and see you on the Fitzroy!


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