The Treloar family bats for 8th fishing classic
THE Treloar family from west of Maryborough are one of hundreds of families that take part in the annual Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic competition.
Simon Treloar along with wife Amanda and their children Jye 13, Sophie, 10, Luke, 7, and Cooper, 3, have been taking part in the fishing competition for the past eight years, claiming some good prizes for the best fish caught.
Mr Treloar said he was looking forward to spending time at sea with his family, while catching up with the other competitors.
"We used to live at Hamilton Island and when we came back, we saw there was a competition going on at Rainbow Beach and have been attending every year since then,” he said.
"We have four children and they all love fishing, so we love how the competition is really family orientated. It caters for all kids and makes them really enthused about fishing.”
The competition runs until next Saturday, July 28, with a lot of time spent catching fish, but that doesn't faze Mr Treloar - he's prepared for the long hours.
"Last year they had around 650 competitors but they're hoping for more this year,” he said.
"Our usual routine once the competition starts is going to weigh in at night time, which goes from 4-7.30pm. We're in the boat at 8.30pm-3am, have a power nap and we're back into it the next morning.
"They're very long days but once the competition is over, you almost need another week to recover, but it's well worth it.”
It's expected that more than 1500 people will be in Rainbow Beach during the week-long fishing competition.
"The town really benefits from the competition, which is good. I know our family hire out a holiday home for the week and we always buy local,” Mr Treloar said.
"Most of the money from the fishing classic goes back into the community.”
Mr Treloar said the family had caught some huge fish in the past, with their heaviest weighing approximately 3kg.
"We've caught a couple of flatheads close to 3kg, but we're chasing bream and whiting,” he said.
"We've won some prizes in the competition, my wife Amanda won three Go-Pros in a photography competition, taken home quite a few fishing rods, several eskies and my son won a kayak.”
Mr Treloar said his family try to go fishing a couple of times a month and they often venture to new places.
"We fish in a lot of local places,” he said.
"We love coming back to Rainbow Beach and the Mary River.”
For those who've never been fishing, Mr Treloar said the key was having "patience”.
"The biggest thing with fishing is patience. Some people if they don't catch a fish straight away would just give up or go home, but you shouldn't give up, sometimes it can take a while before you get a bite,” he said.
"I just love the fishing classic competition because you get to meet up with your mates and their families. It's always a great outing with everyone else.”
The Gympie Times will be bringing you all the coverage from the fishing classic at Rainbow Beach.
Over the week, we will report the biggest, best and latest catches from the competition, so be sure to keep up to date on our website.