Hooked on success
KELL Enever was the happiest man in Rainbow last Saturday night after winning the $10,000 main prize at the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic.
The classic came to a close, with a prize presentation and party at the Rainbow Beach Sport and Recreation Club, after a great week of fishing.
Classic spokesperson Jacki Hull said the weather wasn't as good at the end of the competition as it was at the start but it was still a great week.
She said the final weigh-ins produced some great catches.
A standout was a couple of blue parrot fish caught off shore.
"They were very large, it's rare to get them that size," Hull said.
The cool weather predictions and sickness is thought to be the reason why numbers were down this year.
"We are down about 100," Hull said.
"Quite a few families wanted to be here but illness kept them away.
" It was still a very good competition."
More than 500 fisherman and their families boosted the economy of Rainbow Beach for the week.
Another positive was the expo.
"It was the first time we ran the expo," Hull said.
"We got a lot of positive feedback from the stall holders and hope to have more next year."
Next year's event is expected to be bigger and better.
Organisers are about to sign six new sponsors and have announced the dates for next year's event.
The next Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic will be on July 1-9.