Conservation Volunteers Australia successfully hosted the first ever Cudgen Tilapia Buster Event on Saturday 12th May. The perfect Autumn weather attracted many participants and curious onlookers and a great day was had by all. Ninety nine people registered and participated on the day resulting in forty six Tilapia caught, totalling 58.51kgs. Prizes up for grabs included Samurai and Atomic rods, Bunnings Warehouse vouchers, Stone & Wood Brewing Company tours, lures, hooks and caps, with free brag mats and lures given away upon registration.
Tilapia are prolific breeders and the quantity caught at the event confirms there is a large and growing population in the Cudgen Lake catchment. Local fisherman and anyone visiting the area should keep up the fishing pressure and bury or bin any Tilapia (DON’T RELEASE BACK INTO THE WATERWAY!). If you have any questions about this event or would like to enquire about next year’s Tilapia Buster event scheduled for early 2019, please get in touch with Shae Kolk at Conservation Volunteers Australia on (02)66816169.
CVA thanks all participants and event supporters including Tweed Shire Council, Department of Primary industries, Frogley’s Offshore, Ballina Bait and Tackle, Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Association, Pest Fishing Adventures, Bunnings Warehouse and Stone & Wood Brewing Company. Funding for this fantastic event was provided by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage through it’s Environmental Trust.