Windy fishing classic



THE wind might have howled, but the good times prevailed at Coffs Harbour's Easter Fishing Classic.

The offshore section was blown out on Friday and Saturday, but once the conditions became more favourable, it was game on at 6am yesterday, when 32 boats ventured to sea.

"The boats that came back today brought in some good fish," coordinator Ian Frewen said.

The beach, rock and estuary divisions, however, enjoyed three full days of competition.

The Classic, run by the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club, turned 40 this year and featured 235 competitors and 66 boats, comparable to last year's.

Keen anglers, from as far away as Cairns, fished the waters between the Nambucca River in the south and Minnie Water in the north.

A 14.6 kilogram cobia was one of yesterday's prized catches, while an 11.7kg barred mackerel and a 4.9kg snapper also turned heads. Several tuna were also weighed in yesterday.

The weekend culminated in a monster fish auction yesterday afternoon, with $1790 raised for the Coffs Harbour Coastal Patrol.



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