The charity fish auction held at the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club on Easter Sunday raises much needed money each year for the Coffs Harbour branch of Marine Rescue.
The charity fish auction held at the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club on Easter Sunday raises much needed money each year for the Coffs Harbour branch of Marine Rescue. Gemima Harvey

A classic time to be had fishing this Easter

FISHING in the Easter Classic will start out of the harbour on Good Friday after the Blessing of the Fleet at dawn as anglers are led out by the Water Police vessel for three days of non-stop fishing action.

Easter invariably falls during the local mackerel season when these fast-swimming game fish visit the Coffs Coast from the warmer waters to the north.

The waters off Coffs Harbour have produced many records for mackerel fishing, including a world junior record, six Australian records and eight NSW records, and the Easter Fishing Classic will be a fantastic lead-up to the inaugural NSW Mackerel Championships to be held locally across on the weekend of April 23 and 24.

Watching these spectacular fish being weighed in is always a highlight and Easter Sunday will signal an end to the competition, with final weigh-ins just prior to the charity fish auction at 1pm.

Year on year, the Easter Fishing Classic hosted by the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club raises substantial funds for the Coffs Harbour branch of Marine Rescue.

Sunday Funday

AS PART of the three-day event, the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club will see an explosion of fun for everyone with the Fisho's Easter Sunday Fun Day.

There will be loads of free activities from 10am, so bring the kids and come and experience one of the best action-packed days out on the Coffs Coast this Easter long weekend.

For those a little more inclined to chill, soak up the 270º million dollar views with tantalising food from our new menu accompanied by an ice-cold beverage, then kick back with live tunes on the deck.

Competition details

The two key categories are the Beach Rock and Estuary (BRE), and the prodigious Deep Sea division.

Within the Deep Sea category there are 16 named species and each angler is limited to a single fish weigh-in per species per day to score points for daily species prizes.

A competitor's highest point-scoring fish in each species goes toward overall tournament prizes.

The BRE category is similar, however, involves a lesser number of species and is focused on those that inhabit beach rock and estuary areas.

BRE also has a catch and release category for those who prefer to release their catch for environmental sustainability.

The competition is designed primarily to recognise the knowledge, skill, technique and persistence of contestants, rather than simply the biggest catch.

Senior male and female divisions (Aged 18 and over) are accompanied by the junior and sub-junior categories, ensuring a sizeable field.

Sub-Juniors (10 years and under) are limited to BRE category, and are not required to hold a NSW Recreational Fishing Licence (under-18 years), so it's a fantastic day out on the water for the youngsters as well.

Registration for the event will be held at the club on Thursday evening from 5.30pm, with tournament briefing at 7pm.



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