Ross Sims and Les Mitchell from Gympie.
Ross Sims and Les Mitchell from Gympie.

Classic fish kept on biting

THE rain eased up at the Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Family Fishing Classic yesterday. There was even some sunshine, but the fish kept biting with a huge array brought in for the nightly weigh-in.

On the Wednesday night weigh-in, keen fisherman sat out in the rain while the presentations were made.

Fishing Classic spokesperson Linda Adam said the participants in the classic had been great, even in the rain.

“They are all out in their wet and dries having a great time.”

She added there had been some big fish caught.

Sean Dunglison from Deception Bay took the lead in the big fish category with another huge spanish mackerel, while Matthew Gardiner took the lead in the dart category.

Adam said the Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic was gearing up for its busiest couple of days.

“The weekends are really busy, we have live entertainment,” Adam said.

“People come not only for the fishing but to watch the weigh-ins and have a good time.

“We have Corona girls tomorrow (tonight) and Bundy girls on Saturday.”

Adam said on Saturday the Classic would put on free entertainment in the way of jumping castles, balloons and face painting for kids so the adults can relax during the weigh-in.

Seafood chef Phippsy will speak at today’s event about proposed fishing closures planned for the Cooloola Coast.

Adam said the Classic would be passing around a petition for fisherman to sign and say no to fishing closures.

A Sunfish representative spoke on Wednesday night.

Keen anglers are encouraged to take part in the fishing convoy to Brisbane Sunday morning. The Convoy against Closures rally starts at the Gympie showgrounds at 8.30am.

Other meeting points will be Matilda Service Station at 8.50am, the Caloundra on ramp at 9.16am, Caboolture on ramp at 10.08am, Gateway Motorway at 10.34am and Clontarf Boat Ramp at 10.50am.

Convoy participants should tune in to UHF channel 33 to keep up to date with what is going on during the day.

Some very well-known speakers are scheduled to speak at 11.15am.

A barbecue, sponsored by a number of local businesses, will follow.

Coastal folk are urged to get behind this convoy or risk losing their fishing grounds at the hands of in action.

LEADER BOARD

Bream

Scott Kitchell ........... 1.605kg

Flathead

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

Tailor

Gary Enkelmann ...... 3.415kg

Dart

Matthew Gardiner.... 0.630kg

Whiting

Richard Tweedale .....0.490kg

Jew

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

Pearl Perch

Bruce Lockwood ...... 3.715kg

Snapper

Clifford Hall ............... 8.385kg

Red Emperor

Michael Lynch ......... 13.95kg

Parrot

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

Sweetlip

Steve Raabe ............. 5.540kg

Big fish

Sean Dunglison, Mackerel

............................... 23.525kg

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