Fishing Classic reels them in
ONE of the big social and sporting events of the year, the 2010 Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic, has proved to be bigger than the weather so far, with entry numbers up on last year and some great fish reeled in.
The eight-day event, which continues through Saturday, is creating a frantic and exciting time at its headquarters, the Rainbow Beach Sport and Recreation Club, where officials and contestants are working with a packed program of fishing, organised activities, entertainment, food and wine.
“Numbers are up on last year,” an official said yesterday.
“Although the weather wasn’t brilliant over the weekend, some great fish have been weighed in.
“The new ‘big fish species’ competition has added an extra element of excitement to the weigh-in, with some really good big fish.
“The boats have had a very busy morning, so it looks like another busy night at the weigh-in,” she said.
“Last night, the hook, line and sinker boys entertained the crowd and also went fishing through the day, with a lucky Mitsubishi owner, who won the lucky door prize.”
The Leaders Board is showing good results in all categories.
Stanley Jorgensen was leading in the bream event, with a 1.2kg catch, followed by Matthew Gardiner, with a 0.785kg fish.
Mark Holmes was leading in the flathead competition, with a 2.9kg catch, closely followed by grant McFarlane with a 2.685kg fish.
In the tailor event, Cedric Byrne leads at 2.065kg, with Wayne Williams second with a 2.045kg catch.
The biggest dart, a 0.55kg, was caught by Matthew Gardiner, followed by the 0.52kg catch of Jordyn Emms.
Kathy Black leads in the whiting event, at 0.46kg, followed by Drew Gardiner, at 0.455kg.
Sally Cheung leads in the Jew competition, with a 10.605kg fish, with local David Arthur running second with 8.565kg.
A 3.055kg pearl perch put John Gooding in the lead, followed by the 2.095kg fish landed by Ross Carmichael.
In snapper, Robert Smith leads at 4.58kg, followed by Betty Goulding at 4.25kg.
Ray Brown leads the red emperor contest with a 7.375kg fish, with Wayne Thomsen second at 5.175kg.
Thomsen also took the lead in the parrot event, with a 1.65kg fish, followed by the 1.56kg effort of Michael Obstoj.
Kerry Smerdon leads the sweet lip event with a 3.86kg contender, followed by Robert Goulding, 3.515kg.
In the new “Big Fish” event, Scott Brady’s 17.915kg Spanish mackrel was ahead of Gary Page’s samson fish, at 12.785kg.