The Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic starts tomorrow.
The Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic starts tomorrow. Craig Warhurst

Beach Classic to cast off

THE biggest fishing competition in the region is casting off tomorrow.

A staple on anglers’ calendars for 25 years, the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic officially starts at 4pm.

Conditions are looking good for a fish, the skies have been clear and a lot of sand has returned to the beach.

Organiser Linda Adam said changes in weather could bring the fish on.

“It’s good to stir them up a bit, it doesn’t hurt having a bit of a mixed bag,” she said.

The forecast for Rainbow Beach shows sunny conditions today until Monday with showers due on Tuesday and a return of the warm weather by Wednesday.

With beach and reef fishing included in the competition, anyone can get involved.

But don’t worry if you have not registered - Adam said you could at any point during the competition, which runs until July 30.

Adam said if registering late, competitors would have to wait 24 hours until they could weigh in.

Today challengers can pick up their cards and listen to the latest rules and regulations, the fishing action opens at midnight.

Anglers can compete in three major classes – Beach, Reef and Jew.

This year the Big Fish species is back on, sponsored by Bay Auto Marine Electrical.

Qualifying as a Big Fish is any reef fish over eight kilos, excluding the other five reef species – cod, shark, ray or bill fish.

There is over $100,000 up for grabs during the family orientated competition.

The major prize, sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors and Haines Signature, is a Haines Signature 485SF, Dunbier trailer and Suzuki DF40QL tiller steer with a gas assist tilt system

During the week-long competition weigh-ins will be held each day between 4pm and 6pm, except on the last day when the last weigh-in will be held between 3pm and 5pm.

To register visit www.rainbowbeachsportsclub.com.au.

Updates during the competition will be regularly posted to the Family Fishing Classic’s Facebook page.

Gympie Times


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