Fun is the best catch at festival

Brad Smith practises his casting action
Brad Smith practises his casting action

IN BRAD SMITH'S words "We haven't always had a lot of fish, but we've had a few drinks and some fun''.

Brad was talking about the Lions Lake Awoonga Family Fishing Festival which he has competed in nearly every time.

"We try and make a bit of an event of it,'' Brad said.

He and his family often head out to Lake Awoonga and camp for the weekend.

"It's a great get away, even though it's only 20 minutes away it feels like it's five hours away,'' Brad said.

Lake Awoonga draws fishermen from all over Australia and Brad encouraged local fishermen to take part in the festival.

"This is an opportunity for people to get off their bums and do something,'' Brad said.

While Brad described himself as a die-hard fisherman, he said the festival was also great just as a family event.

"But I don't get too serious about (fishing) that weekend,'' Brad said.

"It's a great opportunity to spend time with my son ... My son has won a couple of categories out there.''

The Lions Lake Awoonga Family Fishing Festival's Rick Bichsel remembers a number of wild fishing stories from previous years.

"One young guy caught an eel,'' Mr Bichsel said.

"He thought he was a croc hunter wrestling this eel ? it was about four foot long.

"It was bigger than he was ? the junior eel was bigger than the senior eel.''

Mr Bichsel said the fish were "really starting to bite'' and had good predictions for the festival.

There are $32,000 in prizes to be won during the weekend.

The festival starts this Friday and finishes on Sunday.

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