The 2010 Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic, starting on Friday, is going to be huge this year.
The 2010 Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic, starting on Friday, is going to be huge this year. Craig Warhurst

Fishing Classic about to start

PACK up the fishing rod, grab the kids and head for the water this weekend as the 25th Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic is about to start.

Spokesperson Linda Adam said the 2010 Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic is going to be huge this year.

You can still register up until the last Friday of the week-long event which runs from July 23 to Saturday July 31.

For locals, the challenge is out to take the major prize as last year a New Zealand man pipped us at the post.

During the classic about 800 competitors and their families will descend on Rainbow Beach and up to 2000 people will go through the Rainbow Beach Sport and Recreation club doors, Ms Adam said.

Most entertainment will be held after and during the weigh-ins from 4– 6pm every day during the competition.

Fishing celebrities including Nugget from Zinc FM, Hook Line and Sinker cast members and Andy ‘Phippsy’ Phipps will be on location.

Sunday July 31 will be a huge kids’ day with free activities including a jumping castle and face painting.

“It’s a big family event, and it makes a big difference to the Rainbow Beach economy every year,” Ms Adam said.

“It should be a lot of fun this year.”

On Tuesday the veterans fishers will take up the challenge and Thursday will be ladies’ day.

Ms Adam said if you wanted an extraordinary fishing experience then you couldn’t miss the Fishing Classic.

She said the event burst at the seams with a full program of fishing, activities, entertainment, great food, wine and a whole lot of family fun.

The event is open to all ages and gender, from the angler/pro to the whole family.

There are three major classes of fishing, Beach, Reef and Jew, to provide offshore, inshore and beach fishing.

What ever your fishing experience, this event caters for all levels and focuses very much on the kids and the family having a great time.

This year a new species class has been launched “Big Fish” which includes any reef fish over 8kg, excluding the species in the reef category and Cod, Shark, Ray or Bill Fish.

The Big Fish class was introduced so anglers could be rewarded for their big catches, even if they weren’t a species in the reef category.

Ms Adam said every species would land prizes, also nightly prizes, nightly random prizes, participation prizes, overall prizes and prizes that had nothing to do with catching fish were up for grabs. The pool tops more than $100,000 in cash and prizes. All major prizes and Kids categories are randomly drawn which truly highlighted the spirit of the event, Ms Adam said.

This year’s major prize is a Bandit 424 Anglapro boat package, including 50hp motor, trailer and rego sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors and Laguna Boating Noosa.

And if you fancy yourself an outdoor barbecue chef you can register for the Backyard Chef comp.

Register by visiting www.rainbow sportsclub.com.au

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