Wind drops, bait up!
THE annual Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic is off to a good start, despite windy weather making casting a line a tricky ordeal.
Organiser Linda Adam said the eight-day event had so far attracted more than 600 entries and that looked likely to increase as winds decreased further into the week.
Yesterday Adam said she expected boaties, who had been waiting for off shore winds to ease for the past few days, to set out today in search of that big catch on the water.
She said competitors had been working hard against the windy weather but beach fishing had seen some success. A catch of a 2.4kg flathead is proof there is plenty around the waters.
Juniors have been lining the beaches, and the podiums for the flathead, dart, bream, whiting, tailor categories.
Adam said locals and visitors had been getting right behind the event, including the raffles for charity.
"We ran out of tickets," she said.
The daily weigh-in draws big crowds to the Rainbow Beach Sports and Recreation Club, with Adam estimating a turnout of between 700-800 each night.
Bream: Gary Enkelmann 0.855kg
Flathead: Chicko Laycock 2.415kg
Tailor: Ralph Wallin 1.655kg
Dart: Gary Enkelmann .645kg
Whiting: Chicko Laycock 0.365kg
Jew: David Arthur 7.685kg
Snapper: David Arthur 5.830kg
Parrot: Jason Doran .400kg
Sweet Lip: Matthew Mcilroy 2.620kg