ATTRACTING people from across the nation – and other countries, in particular New Zealand and South Africa – the annual Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic is set for July 23 to 31.
Organisers say the competition is prestigious enough to attract Bundaberg Rum and Fosters as major sponsors, along with Cooper Tyres and Bandit – the company supplying a fishing boat as a major prize.
To be in the running to win the boat, competitors simply attend the nightly shindigs at Rainbow and if the number they are handed when they register is called out, they go into the draw.
“They do not have to have caught a fish,” organiser Linda Adam said.
“But they have to be there on the night.”
Apart from the boat, she said a total of $3000 cash was up for grabs.
Even larger crowds than usual are expected at this year event, given the Fraser Island competition has closed down.
“The whole event is a highlight,” Ms Adam said.
“Last year we had between 700 and 800 competitors.
“We did a basic count and estimated about 2000 people all up for the nightly weigh in.
“There were big crowds every night.
“I'd be surprised if there weren't a lot more than 800 competitors this year.”
There will be a new big fish species in the reef category this year. And again, every special will attract a first and second prize.
Structured so each night is a huge celebration, not just the final night, it is little wonder so many make this event their annual holiday destination.
Adding to the excitement, organisers have introduced what would seem a perfectly natural competition – Back Yard Chef – a new twist on the Master Chef phenomena.
“People apply and are drawn out randomly,” Ms Adam said.
“There will be three heats and the winner of each heat will be in a cook-off on the Friday night.”
This new addition is bound to have the crowds as enthralled as the popular television show, Ms Adam said.
Apart from the fun, friendship, fabulous prizes and child-friendly entertainment, the Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic brings a huge financial benefit to the entire region, attracting thousands to the area.
To find out more, phone 0418 386 724 or 5486 3191.