Emily Brantz caught this whiting at the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic.
Emily Brantz caught this whiting at the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic. Renee Pilcher

Wind hampers anglers

WINDY weather hasn't stopped anglers hauling in the big ones at the Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic this week.

More than 600 entries have been recorded for this year's event - a number event co-ordinator Linda Adam said was on a par with last year's record classic.

Ms Adam said the only low point to the start of the competition was the windy weather which had stopped fisherman from venturing offshore.

Apart from that, beach and estuary anglers where still catching plenty.

Tin Can Bay fisherman Dave Arthur has so far landed the biggest fish of the event, weighing in a 7.85kg jew on Sunday night.

Luckily, last week's rain has held off and Gympie region residents could expect the weather to return to its normal winter pattern: sunny but cool.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Tony Auden said he expected the sunny days to remain until tomorrow or Wednesday.

"Conditions will be fine but breezy for the most part," he said. The wind was expected to start dropping later in the week.

Gympie's minimum yesterday was a fresh 5 degrees, but was expected to be slightly higher today and tomorrow.

Minimums of 10 and 11 degrees have been predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology for Thursday and Friday.

With no more significant rain on the horizon, the region could expect to settle in to a normal winter pattern.

The region has recorded 62.8mm of rain so far this month, a long way short of the July 1973 record of 266.4mm.

Gympie Times


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