Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club News

THIS year the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club has introduced new opportunities for anglers wishing to fish the Easter Classic and maintain their angling ethics.

Anglers now have the choice of fishing for snapper in the deep sea competition or flathead in the beach, rock and estuary division on a catch and release basis or a caught basis with either method being eligible for the major species prizes.

Anglers wishing to enter those species as catch and release must follow some guidelines which can be found on the club's website but in essence it will closely follow the rules close of the Dave Irvine Memorial Snapper Classic.

Simply, the fish must be photographed on a recognized brag mat showing the Easter Classic angler number with each image electronically date stamped via the camera's inbuilt settings. Images are to be presented at the daily weigh in.

The main difference from the Snapper Classic is that lengths are fork lengths to allow the weight of these species to be calculated using data from the NSW Department of Primary Industries chart of fish length to weight ratios.

These charts may be found in NSW DPI publications and on the brag mats issued to those entrants nominating for catch and release. For example a snapper measuring 50cm to fork length will be entered with a weight of 2.5kg and a 50cm flathead will be entered with 0.8kg.

These fish will then be eligible for the daily species prizes and also tournament heaviest of the species.

These weights are also used in the overall angler tally for the tournament.

This is an exciting new initiative for the Easter Classic and brings the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club more into line with major, and more importantly, the more successful fishing competitions in NSW.

The club is sure that this initiative will appeal to a broader angler cross section and should be of particular interest to those that fish the Snapper Classic and also the beach, rock and estuary enthusiasts who fish along the waterways surrounding Urunga. If any angler requires more information regarding this aspect of the competition either jump on the website deepseafishingclub.com.au or call 0428 659 122.

Deep Sea sections committee meeting is at 6pm on Monday, new section shirts have been meticulously designed and painstakingly printed and will be available for collection on that night, limited number, so be early. Game Section monthly comp is on today, bring the umbrella. If conditions are a little rough then crews should practice in preparation for the Mackerel shootout as the Deep Sea Section has already been among them and worked out this year's mackerel peccadillos. Entry forms for this March 23-24comp are at the counter.



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