Peter Cantrel gets in to the fishing action at Middle Rock in front of the Coloured Sands during last year’s Fishing Classic.
Peter Cantrel gets in to the fishing action at Middle Rock in front of the Coloured Sands during last year’s Fishing Classic.

Anglers to come for fishing comp

THEY’LL be coming from all over next month to try their luck at the massive Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic – and if you like to dangle a line occasionally there is really no excuse for not being there.

With only five weeks to go and some of the best winter weather imaginable, there is also probably no excuse for not getting in a bit of early practise.

Last year’s big event coincided with conditions just about as good as anyone could ask for and this year it looks like the best could be coming our way again, with clear skies, glassy water and plenty of fish hungering for a hook to jump onto.

Organisers at the Rainbow Beach Sport and Recreation Club declare their bias in reporting on these matters, but many would agree that their part of the world is “arguably the best venue for a fishing tournament in Australia”.

It’s all “hardly surprising” according to locals, “considering Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island are Queensland’s hottest tourist attractions”.

“Fishing is one of the major drawcards to this area, thanks to the pristine reefs, beaches and estuaries,” they say.

Prospective visitors can believe that if they wish, or they can try it out for themselves just by filling out an entry form and turning up.

“Once you have filled out an entry form and sent it to us, allow 14 working days and a receipt will be forwarded,” a spokesperson said.

Membership and fishing cards can be picked up at the club any time after 4pm on Friday, July 23.

Social membership of the Sport and Rec club can be taken care of by looking up the club’s website, www.rainbow sportsclub.com.au, with the entry form available there also.

And for those wanting to do a little research before the event, there are 12 categories of fish.

The Beach competition includes prizes for flathead, bream, dart, whiting, tailor and jew fish.

The Reef Fish event includes snapper, red emperor, pearl perch, parrot and sweet lip.

Third is the “Big fish” event, which includes fish over 8kg other than any of those already listed and not including the “too easy” big fish like cod, rays, shark and bill fish.

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