Tayelin, 8, is hooked on fishing contests

FOR THE LOVE: Tayelin Wassell, 8, loves fishing with her dad Mick.
FOR THE LOVE: Tayelin Wassell, 8, loves fishing with her dad Mick. Laura Mckee

TAYELIN Wassell is an eight-year-old fishing guru.

Tayelin and her fishing partner Mick, also her dad, couldn't wait to compete in the Australian Barra and Basstasstic Tournament at Lake Awoonga over the weekend.

"We drove from Bowen," Tayelin said. "I think I am the youngest competitor."

She started fishing when she was four and caught her first barramundi at five.

Tayelin just got her first proper fishing rod too.

"I don't like to eat fish but me and dad have always fished," she said.

Tayelin said she wanted to win a prize at the competition.

"I won the comp in Bowen for junior fishing. I caught a flathead and I got $100," she said.

"I bought a phone with it."

Mick had been to three Australian Barra and Basstasstic Tournaments at Lake Awoonga.

"It was Tayelin's idea to come this year," he laughed.

"We just caught dam weed, we didn't catch anything," he said.

However, Tayelin was pretty chuffed with her prizes: a tent, camp chair and a box of lures.

Topics:  awoonga dam, barramundi, fishing, outdoor-living

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