Fishing comp drama and success
A RESCUE, record registrations and a fish weighing more than 13kg were just some of the dramas that unfolded at the Volunteer Marine Rescue Bundaberg Family Fishing Classic at Burnett Heads during the past three days.
VMR publicity officer Graham Kingston said the volunteers were called to duty on the first day of competition on Friday when three men in a 5m-long tinnie became stuck about 21 nautical miles offshore due to bad weather.
“We towed them back to shore quite safely and they were happy to be back on land,” he said.
The weather also had a small effect on the classic.
“The weather has been the main constraint this weekend and has stopped people from going far offshore,” he said.
But the early drama of the competition did not stop the record crowds at the classic with almost 1130 people registering in the event.
“Last year we had 901 and in 2006 when we first started we had just 400 fishers,” Mr Kingston said.
The large fishing contingent also included about 300 children, who were trying to bag the biggest catch.
“It's a great family and social day and there was plenty to keep the kids entertained with the live fish aquarium,” he said.
It is not yet known how much the event raised to help with the rescue organisation's operational costs.
“It's a little premature to work that out yet,” Mr Kingston said.
“But with so many registrations we are confident we have done well.”
The biggest fish for the weekend went to keen fisherman Kevin Charteris who managed to snag a red emperor that weighed in at a little more than 13kg.
An impressive 10kg spanish mackerel was also caught during the weekend.