THREE boats had to be rescued during this year's VMR Fishing Classic but there were happy endings all around with everyone returned safely to shore and plenty of fish for the dinner table.
VMR vice president Graham Kingston said the turnout had been impressive and some whopping big fish were landed.
"Jason Kling brought in a cobia weighing 17.48kg," Mr Kingston said.
"The biggest red emperor was caught by Terry Allwood and weighed 15.55kg."
The biggest Spanish Mackerel weighed in at 12kg and was hooked by Geoff Augutis and the big figures didn't stop there.
Mr Kingston said three bream weighing in at more than 1kg were caught.
"The best was caught by Brodie Orpin at 1.1kg," he said.
"There were some monster flathead and the biggest was caught by Brian Hallett and weighed 3.295kg.
"That's just a selection of what has been pulled in."
Mr Kingston said three boats had to be rescued, one due to a broken ignition, one which had a head gasket problem and one swamped dinghy.
"Our rescue boat did over 150 nautical miles," he said.
"Eleven people were returned to safety as a result of the rescues."
Mr Kingston said the quality of estuary fish had improved on last year.
"A good third of the estuary catch is catch and release," he said.
"It's been great."
Mr Kingston said the crowds were impressive.
"We've had 1364 people register so there's over 900 seniors and 400 juniors so it's been great," he said.
"That's a few up on last year.
"We've had three years with over 1300."
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