Clouds should brighten the fishing for Rainbow Classic
IF CLOUDS make for good fishing, as some say, it seems Rainbow Beach is in for some excellent Family Fishing Classic weather in coming days.
Partly cloudy conditions are forecast for today, with a 50% chance of showers about parts of Fraser Island, but not much chance of rain anywhere else.
Some say rain can help too, but others believe the fish are wet anyway and do not really care.
But whatever your school of thought, tomorrow's forecast of cloud is expected to continue, with an increasing chance of showers.
Wind and swell are the more critical factors for fishing classic competitors, the experts say, because those are the factors that determine whether you can get to the spots you prefer.
Rainbow Beach Sport and Recreation Club marketing officer Jacki Hull said ocean conditions, including on the bar, had improved since the first day, when several craft found they could not get out of the inlet over the bar.
"It was too rough on the first day," she said, "but they're getting out there now.
"And they're bringing back some nice big fish. A big 23kg amberjack is currently leading in the big fish category," she said.
"They're bringing in red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, parrot, jew and some excellent whiting and flathead.
"We've had one red emperor of 12-13kg," she said.
Winds of 15-20 knots are forecast with seas of 1-1.5m and cloudy conditions, with a medium chance of rain.
Competitors continue to roll in from near and far, with many from the Sunshine Coast and some from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
"There are some from places I've never heard of," Ms Hull said.
The competition has up around 600 entries so far and more coming in each day.
"We'll still get more right up to the last day. The weigh-in takes place every day from 4-6pm, but on Saturday it will be from 3-5pm for the event finale.
"There are prizes every day." Each night, there is a random draw of competitors with a prize of $10,000.
"The lady that won last year bought a house in Rainbow Beach," she said.