THE weather was testing, but almost 200 anglers still took part in the second Redin Roundup fishing competition at the Reef Reserve at Oberon Dam over the weekend - and some of them arrived on Friday.
The competition was held as part of Oberon Outdoor Week.
Oberon Council tourism and economic development manager Mat Webb said the event was expanded to two days this year and around 180 anglers, who came from all across NSW, braved the elements to participate.
"Organisers of the event were happy with the response and are eager to grow the competition each year," he said.
"Many anglers started to arrive on Friday afternoon, setting up camp for the weekend.
"The event attracted the attention of the Department of Primary Industries and OzFish Unlimited, who both had a stall at the event providing information and prizes for the casting competition.
"The event also raised around $200 for local charity Can Assist.
"On behalf of the event committee, we would like to thank all partners and sponsors who have supported the event."
The overall winner of the competition was Joshua Wiseman from the Central Coast, who landed a 460mm redfin.
Daniel Gravenall and Adrian Constable came in equal second, both registering a 455mm redfin, and Mr Constable also took home the biggest bag.
Mr Webb said the junior category was hotly contested, with Keiran Stocks claiming the overall prize with a 24cm redfin and second prize going to Nate Barker.
Mr Webb said many of the local participants also fared well on the day, many of them snagging one of the prizes donated by key sponsors such as Oberon Outdoor and Electronic.
Special mention, Mr Webb said, should go to Oberon Rotary and Oberon State Emergency Service "for their assistance across the weekend and all sponsors who provided prizes".
"We are aiming to keep this as a free event so everyone can participate," he said.
"Sponsor support is vital going forward and growing the competition next year."
Oberon Outdoor Week will run through until this Sunday.