Fish co-operate in a Classic success
IN what must be a new record, the Easter Fishing Classic has enjoyed it's third consecutive year of fine weather.
Describing it as a wonderful weekend for everyone involved, the president of the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club, Ian Finn, said 260 anglers had fished the 2006 Classic over the three days.
"We were hoping for around 300 entries, so it was a good roll-up. We were very fortunate with the weather, with conditions allowing people to get out each day," Mr Finn said.
Not just out for the biggest catch, the generosity of the anglers involved was evident at the charity fish auction, held in aid of the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol.
Coffs Harbour Coastal Patrol's divisional commander, Linda Jones, said $4000 was raised from the auction, which saw more than 15 tubs of fish go under the hammer.
"We raised twice as much as last year, which is just amazing. All of our money is raised by fundraising, so we are so grateful for the generosity of the anglers," Ms Jones said.
John Sheridan had a fantastic day, taking home the trophy for champion angler and sharing the honour of champion boat with Jim Hughes.
The Jones family ? Rick, Brent and Ken ? continued their dream run, retaining their title of champion fishing family for the third consecutive year.
Champion female was Amy Tesch with nine species and 16.28kg of fish.
Champion junior was Luke Wont with nine species and 24.18kg of fish, and champion sub-junior was Josh Biggin with three species and 17.54kg of fish.