A fisherman casts a line at Rainbow Beach where the annual Family Fishing Classic gets under way tomorrow.
A fisherman casts a line at Rainbow Beach where the annual Family Fishing Classic gets under way tomorrow. Craig Warhurst

Fishing classic to honour Modin

THE first perpetual trophy to be awarded at the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic will be named in honour of its founder, the late Milton Modin.

Mr Modin died on June 6 after a short illness, aged 74 years, just shy of the classic’s 25th anniversary.

Next week will pay tribute to the man whose love of fishing encouraged his wife Ruth to establish the event in 1986.

Organiser Linda Adams said the event would probably never have happened without Mr Modin.

“This is the first event without Milty and, in a special memorial to him, we’ll be naming the first perpetual trophy the Milton Modin Memorial Trophy,” she said.

“Every year we are asked when we will have a perpetual trophy that is kept at the club so we decided to do it this year in his honour.”

Special prizes in honour of Mr Modin will also be awarded throughout the event.

There will be random prizes, participation prizes, overall prizes and prizes that have nothing to do with catching fish.

Entries have been coming in thick and fast, with the event’s family focus attracting many new people to the Cooloola Coast.

“The message is getting out there. I think the economy being the way it is has people thinking this is a good affordable holiday," Ms Adams said.

“It looks like we’ve got the families coming for a holiday – there are a lot of visitors already coming into town.

“For those who have put blood sweat and tears into it, it’s good to see it paying off. The fact we have people coming into Rainbow a week early is great for the whole town.

“I’d say accommodation is pretty much booked up. I’ve already had a couple of calls about next year’s dates from people who feel the need to book their accommodation now.”

The event kicks off tomorrow and will run to Saturday, July 30.

With a full program of fishing, activities, entertainment, great food, wine, there is a whole lot of family fun open to all ages and genders, from the angler/pro to the whole family.

Three major classes of fishing; beach, reef and jew, provide offshore, inshore and beach fishing with a prize pool of over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Register at website: www.rainbowsportsclub.com.au.

Gympie Times


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