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NEVER TOO YOUNG TO START: Jorja Lucas, three, keeping an eye on her line along the Condamine.
NEVER TOO YOUNG TO START: Jorja Lucas, three, keeping an eye on her line along the Condamine. Toni Somes

KEEN anglers lined the banks of the Condamine debating whether worms were better bait than corn, but in the end the real winner of the 2012 Clifton Carp Competition was the river.

A total of 224 European Carp were caught during the competition and when stretched out end to end the pest catch measured an impressive 84m.

Organiser Colleen Kratzmann described the weekend as a great success raising more than $9800 for Clifton's St Francis de Sales school and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australian.

A total of 426 people came through the gate during the event with many anglers opting to camp for the two days.

Dale Pahlke caught the longest carp hauling in a massive 730mm fish.

While Ross Stacey claimed the senior male honours catching 11 fish with an accumulative length of 5050mm.

The senior female class was won by Ann Smith, who caught eight fish measuring a total of 3600mm.

It may have been the home ground advantage, but Jacob Kratzmann claimed the junior male class catching 12 fish with a total length of 5605mm.

Meanwhile Lissy Moore won the junior female category with eight fish boasting a combined length of 2695mm.

The secret length winners were: senior male - Lee Ringlestein; senior female - Monica Wilson; junior male - Nick Fury; junior female - Sierra Barnes.

Topics:  carp condamine feral animal control