David Hoyle from Tin Can Bay, Rob Shadbolt from Gympie and Graham Robinson from Bundaberg with their catches.
David Hoyle from Tin Can Bay, Rob Shadbolt from Gympie and Graham Robinson from Bundaberg with their catches. Contributed

Another monster day of fishing

PROBABLY the biggest parrot fish ever seen at the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic has origins which seem destined to remain secret.

The fish, which may also be the biggest parrot ever to be seen in future at the classic, forced the competition weigh-in person, Greg Pearce to leave his duties, when it took him to the lead in his category at the comp.

The Classic, which has its “Ladies Day” tomorrow, has attracted competitors and supporters from all over Australia, with entry numbers that obviously defy the wet and overcast conditions predicted to worsen over the rest of the week.

A spokesperson said Greg declined to reveal where he caught the championship 8.84kg parrot, despite a public interrogation on stage on Monday night by 4BC announcer and weigh-in MP Dave “Nugget” Downie.

And, just to make the other anglers jealous, Greg says the fish had a twin which he did not weigh in.

Monday’s fishing put five new leaders in the front.

Stanley Jorgensen has maintained his lead in the bream event, as did Mark Holmes in the flathead, Matthew Gardiner in the dart competition, Kathy Black in the whiting, Sally Cheung in the jew competition, John Gooding in the pearl perch and Scott Brady in the new big fish event.

But Gary Enkelmann has taken the lead in tailor, Anthony Goulding in the snapper, Kerry Smerdon in red emperor, Greg Pearce in parrot fish and Robert Sepien in the sweet lip.

LEADER BOARD

 Bream

Stan Jorgenson .............. 1.200kg

 Flathead

Mark Holmes .................. 2.905kg

 Tailor

Gary Enkelmann ............. 3.415kg

 Dart

Matthew Gardiner ............0.550kg

Whiting

Kathy Black .....................0.460kg

 Jew

Sally Cheung .................10.605kg

 Pearl Perch

John Gooding ..................3.055kg

 Snapper

Anthony Goulding ............5.275kg

 Red Emperor

Kerry Smerdon ................9.110kg

 Parrot

Greg Pearce ....................8.840kg

 Sweetlip

Robert Sepien .................5.190kg

 Big fish

Scott Brady......Mackerel17.915kg

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