Classic lures top anglers
THE 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic came to a vibrant close on Saturday, with prizes walking out the door and titles being claimed.
The eight-day event ended with the announcement of the overall category winners, who each walked away with $400 cash.
Topping the prize pool was Martin Clark, who after winning the event's draw, walked away with the Fishing Classic's major prize.
Clark took home a Haines Signature 485SF fishing boat, which organiser Linda Adam estimates to be worth about $20,000, after winning the event's draw.
Adam said the entries kept rolling in as the event progressed last week and conditions took a positive turn for fishers young and old, and while the entries couldn't quite top that of last year's 700 or so, she was happy with the event's turnout.
"I think the weather had a bit to do with it," she said about the slight decline in numbers.
She said as the wind slowed further into the week, there was a chance for people to "really get out there and have a good go at the reef fish".
The closure of the event also brought news that next year's Classic will be held on a different set of dates.
Adam said next year's event had been locked in for June 28 to July 6, to coincide with school holidays and entice even more families.
She said next year's event would also introduce a new category which would cater for 13 to 17 year olds. The event hosted about 655 entrants and about 800 guests at weigh-ins.
Bream: Cedric Byrne 0.865kg
Flathead: Kevin Brook 2.580kg
Tailor: Cliff Andreassen 2.345kg
Dart: Garry Enkelmann 0.645kg
Whiting: Caleb Hamilton 0.530kg
Jew: Jason Grundy 8.990kg
Pearl Perch: Craig Tomkinson 4.800kg
Snapper: Aaron Hall 8.200kg
Red Emperor: Rodney Mann 12.490kg
Parrot: Peter Otago 5.140kg
Sweet Lip: Thomas Ryan 5.435kg
Big Fish: Ben Scott (Cobia) 21.875kg