Fishing Classic reels in crowds
HUNDREDS of keen fishers were reeled into entering their catches in the Across the Waves Fishing Classic at the weekend.
Almost 300 seniors and juniors put a line in around the region and took their fish to be weighed in either at the Volunteer Marine Rescue jetty in Burnett Heads on Saturday, or at the ATW Fishing Club yesterday.
ATW Fishing Club captain Norm Hunt said despite weather conditions being less than ideal, plenty of fish were caught.
"Considering the weather was shocking there was still quite a lot of fish out there," he said.
Fishing club member Russell Neighbour said the event also attracted 400 spectators.
"We have had a very good roll-up of people," he said.
Among the fish caught for live, catch-and-release and dead-weight weigh-ins were flathead, whiting, bream, trumpeter and mangrove Jack.
Organisers said the highest weight for flathead was 2.8kg, mangrove Jack 3kg and trumpeter 1.5kg, while the biggest bream weighed in at 750g and whiting 580g.
Event organiser Keith Scanlon said he was very pleased with the weight of fish caught over the weekend.
"Saturday was a little overcast and rained a little, but it's been pleasant overall," he said.
The event is now in its second year, and organisers said they hoped it would continue to grow as they aimed the classic at families, with some prizes and giveaways targeted particularly at juniors.
The event had more than $15,000 prizes and lucky draws announced through-out the day.
"It is increasing in numbers each year," he said.
"It really is getting better each time."
Mr Scanlon said he was looking forward to next year's classic.