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$12,000 prize pool for Kayak Fishing competition at Bowhill, July 27-29

Fishing is serene at any time but when on a kayak traversing the Murray River and its backwaters, takes you on an infinite and engaging adventure.

The Bowhill community have the fishing recipe right when you mix magnificent Murray River scenery and the serenity of Kayak Fishing with the inaugural Bowhill Kayak Fishing Competition on the 27th to 29th July.

Bow Hill’s river frontage will come alive with this new inland water fishing craze with a myriad of colourful kayaks and characters hoping to win the big catch of the day to claim the grand prize of a fishing kayak worth $2000 plus cash and prizes proudly sponsored by Adelaide Canoe Works and Burnits Kookas.

This exciting new fishing event with a total prize pool of $12000 is sure to open up endless river adventures and big catch opportunities opposed to those angler competitions on the land.

Manoevering is easy and friendly to the environment with only human pedal power to traverse the riverscape.

For many years event organizer Shane McGrath, Chairman of the Bowhill Progress Association has been an avid fisherman growing up on the banks of the Murray at Echuca.

“Bringing a new look fishing competition for enthusiasts to enjoy has been an exciting journey and a great opportunity to profile our very special riverside town”, said Shane.

“Bowhill has amazing river scenery and is the ideal place in its secluded waters with towering cliffs to enjoy fishing at its best on a kayak”.

“Kayak fishing is a fast growing sport on inland waters and we are blessed in the Mid Murray Council region with some of the most breathtaking back drops at every turn you take along the river”.

“Sneaking up on a fish on a kayak opposed to a powered boat certainly provides you with the advantage of the element of surprise”.

“The competition winner will be the longest total length of legal callop caught with the accumulated length of all fish included”.

Shane has been hosting kayak fishing weekends in Bowhill attracting enthusiasts from across the State and this event is sure to attract many new participants introducing them this fishing challenge with a difference, said Mayor Dave Burgess of the Mid Murray Council.

“I have not yet had the opportunity to experience fishing on a kayak but can not wait to give it a go”.

“Our Council’s regional community groups create many unique and engaging events. The Bowhill Kayak Fishing Competition will no doubt be another way for visitors to enjoy our fabulous Murray River Lakes & Coorong region”.

Spectactors are welcome with free entry and there will be fishing kayaks on show by Adelaide Canoe Works. Non-competitors are welcome to join the evening meals on Friday and Saturday night at a cost of $20.00 per person with bookings essential.

For competition registrations or more information contact Shane McGrath on 0458 440 231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the Mannum Visitor Information Centre on 85691303.

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