WINDY weather was no match for the record numbers who turned out to the 10th annual Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Fishing Classic at the weekend.

VMR Fishing Classic president Garry Dick said the three day event which kicked off on Friday in Burnett Heads was "absolutely brilliant".

When the fishing classed started off 10 years ago, Mr Dick said the event struggled to attract 500 participants.

But this year, the event lured 1576 participants made up of 1182 adults and 394 juniors.

"We're into record territory at the moment, we're absolutely ecstatic," Mr Dick said.

FAMILY FUN: Burnett Heads sisters Nicole and Haylee Lenaghan at the VMR Fishing Classic. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
FAMILY FUN: Burnett Heads sisters Nicole and Haylee Lenaghan at the VMR Fishing Classic. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Despite the windy conditions, Mr Dick said the catches coming out of the Burnett River were "quite good".

"We're unfortunate the wind blew up on the first day of the competition so the outside boats didn't get a fair go," Mr Dick said.

"But there has been fish weighed into each of the categories for the outside fish, the reef fish.

"So hats off to those guys who went out and chased those because they copped a flogging."

GOOD CATCH: Declan Mitchell with a half kilo bream at the VMR Fishing Classic. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
GOOD CATCH: Declan Mitchell with a half kilo bream at the VMR Fishing Classic. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Mr Dick said even in the Burnett River it was quite uncomfortable fishing over the weekend but it wasn't enough sink the spirits of the keen anglers.

Some who entered the fishing classic travelled from Jandowae, Northern New South Wales, Victoria and outlying areas including Gin Gin and Biloela.

"We're spreading our wings that's for sure," Mr Dick said.

"And in the next few years we're probably going to get in the embarrassing case where we may have to look at limiting numbers or something."



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