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Rain brings big fish to classic

Yum: Nev Howe of Gympie, Mike Lynch of Rainbow Beach and Cecil Cross Southside, Gympie, with their reds.
Yum: Nev Howe of Gympie, Mike Lynch of Rainbow Beach and Cecil Cross Southside, Gympie, with their reds.

WET weather didn’t deter the hundreds of keen anglers throwing in a line at the Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic.

In fact, some big fish have been presented at the nightly weigh-ins.

One Spanish mackerel was so big it had to be wheeled to the weigh-in in a wheelie bin on Tuesday night.

Ian Davidson arrived with the monster much to the amazement of the crowd.

It took the lead in the big fish category, weighing in at 22.65kg.

Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic spokesperson Linda Adam said although the rain was coming down and the seas were a little messy, the fish were still coming in.

She said it was so wet she even had ducks in the weigh-in area.

“Last night (Tuesday night), the competition saw some fantastic fish weighed in,” she said.

“We have six new leaders as a result of yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) fishing.

“It was also Veterans’ Day and many strutted their stuff, such as Cec Cross.

“He took out both the general weigh-in and the vets’ weigh-in with a lovely red emperor.”

She said the classic gave out fantastic daily prizes from Lowrance, Ally Jay fishing charters and Fraser Island barges.

Only one category saw no new fish, which was the jew fish category.

This means Sally Cheung’s 10.6kg catch is still leading the field.

Last night a representative from Sunfish spoke about the possible fishing closures off Rainbow.

Gympie Times