Easter fishing a classic catch
More than 200 anglers dropped lines along the Coffs Coast for Coffs Harbour's 2005 Easter Fishing Classic.
The chairman of the Easter Fishing Classic Committee, Ray Martin, said this year's event had broken a record, offering the second consecutive year in which the weather had allowed anglers to enjoy three full days at sea and two full days on shore.
However he said although the weather was good, fish numbers were down a little this year.
The president of the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club, Ian Finn, said the water was dirty close to the coast after days of swell but clearer water was found further offshore
Mr Martin said 227 anglers had fished the 2005 Classic and about a tonne of fish had been donated to yesterday's fish auction in aid of the Royal Volunteer Coastal patrol, which attracted a big crowd.
Shane and Nathan Bursle repeated last year's win when their boat, Blue Water, was named champion boat with 15 species, with runner-up Fishabout, Luke Dickens and Frans Bienefeld, 11 species.
Champion fishing family was Rick, Ken and Brent Jones from Boambee, who also won for the second year running, with John and Amy Hiscox runners up.
Champion fisherman was Shane Bursle with 14 species and 21.9kg of fish, and runner up his 'little brother' Nathan Bursle with 12 species and 11.5kg of fish.
Champion fisherwoman was Jenny Hodge of Coffs Harbour with three species and 14.3kg of fish, followed by Marie Parker of Tamworth with three species and 3.06kg of fish.
Champion junior was Robert Whitton of Coffs Harbour with five species and 29.6kg of fish, followed by Amber Rose of Boambee with five species and 11.5kg of fish.
Champion sub-junior was Jack Myers of Coffs Harbour with four species and 1.9kg fish, and runner up was Billy Barrett of Coffs Harbour with three species and 900g of fish.
The 2005 Classic offered $40,000 worth in cash and prizes from local sponsors.