Anglers are getting their rods ready for a big three months of fishing in the Elliston district as the popular Australian Salmon Fishing Championship returns in June.
The annual competition runs along the coastline throughout the Elliston District Council area from June 1 until August 31, with prizes for the heaviest overall catch, plus the weekly mystery weight competition and photo competition.
Fishers in the 28th edition of the championship will have the opportunity of catching salmon from the beaches between Mount Camel and Sheringa.
Participants can pick up a $10 entry ticket - valid for the three months - from the Elliston Community Visitor Information Centre, Elliston Hotel, Elliston Waterloo Bay Tourist Park, Elliston Caravan Park, Venus Bay General Store and Sheringa Roadhouse.
All salmon must be caught from the beach and weighed in on the day of catch at the Elliston Caravan Park, between 9am and 6pm.
The main prize for the heaviest catch is $2000, with $750 for the runner-up.
The weekly mystery weight prize is worth $200, while the monthly photo competition is worth $50.
A maximum of three fish can be entered per person per day.
The 2020 competition returned to a three-month format after the 2019 edition could only be conducted over one month, and the longer format together with COVID-19 travel restrictions saw a greater number of entrants last year than in years prior.
Information centre manager Tracy Sampson said they were looking forward to the 2021 edition.
"Everything is ready to go and we have had great sponsorship again this year," she said.
"We are definitely being discovered and have got more people in our area.
"Last year we had very high numbers and I would put it down to COVID and South Australians exploring their own backyard - it will be interesting to see if it continues, and we might even get some people from interstate."
The competition has in the past attracted people from across Eyre Peninsula and other parts of the state, including the Adelaide region.
Ms Sampson said they were hoping to see a lot of people visit the district.
"We hope people come and enjoy the area, and enjoy the remote beaches," she said.
Those snapping photos can email their entries to email@example.com.
Voting for the photo competition takes place on Facebook.
Brad Davey grabbed the main prize in the 2020 edition thanks to his 4.963 kilogram catch at Locks Well.