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Classic gets bites from buyers

Andrew Innes from Coffs Harbour Marine Rescue holds a fish up while Glenn Aylward raises the bids.
Andrew Innes from Coffs Harbour Marine Rescue holds a fish up while Glenn Aylward raises the bids. Bruce Thomas

THE conditions weren’t conducive to catching fish but they were perfect for buying them at the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club yesterday.

The traditional finale to the annual Easter Fishing Classic drew a huge crowd to the club to bid up for some of the fish which did take the bait over the weekend. Deep Sea Fishing Club president Ian Finn said strong winds meant catches were light for the 69 boats and 240 deep sea, rock and estuary anglers who took part in the classic.

“There were good mackerel around on Friday as well as jewfish and flathead, but when the winds came up on Saturday the fish went off the bite,” Mr Finn said.

Yesterday’s charity auction saw a blue groper sell for $55 and ten boxes of donated fish raised a total $2950 for the Marine Rescue, which does a fantastic job looking after boaties and fishos along our coast.



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