The annual Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic launches tonight, and for the first time, will run in conjunction with the school holidays.
The annual Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic launches tonight, and for the first time, will run in conjunction with the school holidays. Contributed

Bag the big ones at Rainbow Beach’s Fishing Classic

RAINBOW Beach's biggest week begins tonight as anglers around the state arrive to wet a line for the Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic.

For the first time the annual event runs during the school holidays, giving more students and families the chance to compete in the 26th annual competition.

Entrants will be welcomed to the event tonight and will cast off for the first time tomorrow morning.

Eight days of fishing paradise is what's in store at this year's classic, with nightly weigh-ins marking the best of each day's haul.

The most successful kid, cadet and adult angler will be announced each night as entrants vie for the top of the event-long leaderboard.

Organiser Linda Adam said numbers had been "piling in each day", but she would not have a final tally on the entrants until entries close next Friday, one day before the competition closed.

She said whether they decided to cast a line or just take part in the onshore fun, school holiday visitors were expected to play a big part in the event.

"I think what we are going to see more than anything is more visitors," she said.

She said with families freed up for the school holidays, more people, both locals and visitors, would have the chance to make their way to the beach.

"That's a really good thing for the town," she said.

"It's a real positive for the winter holiday period."

Weather conditions are forecast to bring a mix of wet and clear days throughout the week, but Mrs Adam said the trying days were the top anglers' time to shine.

The Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic casts off tonight, with fishing starting tomorrow until the competition ends on Saturday, July 6.

Gympie Times


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