Bidgee Classic boundary from Bollards to bridge
An additional four kilometers of river has been added to this year's Leeton Bidgee Classic.
The event now takes in the pristine Murrumbidgee River Waters all the way from Gogeldrie Weir up to the Euroley Bridge.
With the competition growing each year, we also needed to find some more camping areas, so it was an easy decision to extend our boundary to compensate for the growth of our event.Leeton Bidgee Classic committee president Joe Egan
After reviewing surveys from last year’s event, the Committee came to the decision that it would be safer and more angler friendly to extend the boundary of the competition.
“It will also relieve some congestion at the Gogeldrie Boat Ramp, as anglers can now put their boat in at other boat ramps along the river, after collecting their tags and registration packs from the Weir," Leeton Bidgee Classic committee president Joe Egan said.
“With the competition growing each year, we also needed to find some more camping areas, so it was an easy decision to extend our boundary to compensate for the growth of our event.
“There are some wonderful camp sites around the Ski and Middle Beach areas which can now be utilised by our competitors and will keep them in the competition waters."
New citizen science category gathers momentum
Not only will this year's Leeton Bidgee Classic funds be used to restock our local waterways and improve facilities in and around our river system, it will also enable crucial "Citizen Science" data to be collected by NSW Fisheries Research Scientists to measure the health of our River System.
Data collected from the 2019 event will also include the measuring and recording of "undersize native fish" as well as how many hours each angler fishes over the weekend.
This data collection is part of a state-wide project where "raw" or "live" data is captured by recreational anglers and form a very important part of the Fisheries Research Programs around Australia, as scientist are able to capture statistics to determine the health of our river systems as well as determining strategies to for improving fish populations, habitat and restocking initiatives.
Detailed information will be on hand at the official registration area at Gogeldrie Weir, as well as on water advisory information from Bidgee Classic Committee members, NSW Fisheries Officers as well as FishCare Volunteers.
Special prizes will be awarded for the Citizen Science category.