David Arthur with his first-place winning jew and snapper catches on Sunday.
David Arthur with his first-place winning jew and snapper catches on Sunday. Contributed

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.

Leaderboard

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

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