Eleven-year-old Joshua Fischer, who travelled all the way from South Africa to Rainbow Beach for the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic. His granddad Leo Fischer is in the background.
Eleven-year-old Joshua Fischer, who travelled all the way from South Africa to Rainbow Beach for the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic. His granddad Leo Fischer is in the background. Tanya Easterby

Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic to be biggest ever

THIS year's Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic is shaping up to be one of the biggest yet according to Jacki Hull.

The classic's marketing manager said last minute entries were still flooding in yesterday in preparation for the start of the competition tonight.

The eight-day festival is one of south east Queensland's most iconic and largest annual fishing events.

Now in its 29th year Ms Hull said everything was looking good for the 2015 classic.

"The weather is looking magnificent for fishing," Ms Hull said.

"Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are looking good for boating and there is no rain forecast all week.

"It looks like it is going to be another good year for us," she said.

While a little reluctant to give up any good fishing spots for this year's competition she said the whole beach had been producing quality catches.

This year the event has introduced the Twilight Outdoor and Fishing Expo to add more excitement for anglers and the public.

Event administrator Affra Chappil said they had already received more than 400 registrations to compete for over $100,000 in prizes including $10,000 cash first prize.

"We are anticipating over the 750 professional, amateur and recreational anglers that entered last year," Mrs Chappil said.

"We believe this year is going to be the biggest year yet for the event."

Anglers can register online at http://www.rainbowsportsclub.com.au. More information about the event including rules, categories and details are available online.

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