STRONG TURN-OUT: Large crowds of families, locals and fishing enthusiasts enjoyed the Easter Fishing Classic.
STRONG TURN-OUT: Large crowds of families, locals and fishing enthusiasts enjoyed the Easter Fishing Classic. Claudia Jambor

Family fun boosts Easter Fishing Classic

A REFRESHING twist to the Easter Fishing Classic saw hundreds of families descend on the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club today.

Club management successfully trialled a family fun day to coincide with the final day of the classic.

Camel rides, a blow up water slide and jumping castles kept the kids entertained throughout the day while anglers prepared their catches for the Easter Fishing Classic Charity Auction.

Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club's general manager, Carl Mower said combining a family fun day with the classic was a great way to engage the broader community with the club.

"It's been overall very successful, today's been fantastic, an excellent family fun day with lots of activities for all the children," Mr Mower said.

"There's been a large attendance at the actual auction and then everybody coming along and celebrating Easter,

"We've seen a lot of anglers coming back but equally we've seen a lot of new families coming to the club."

The work of the 220 participating anglers paid off with more than $6000 raised for the local Marine NSW Rescue unit at the Easter Fishing Classic Charity Auction.

 

Marine Rescue NSW Coffs Harbour volunteer, Graham Taylor said the anglers caught a large variety of fish including pearl perch and snapper.

"We've seen some really good quality fish and I think part of it is because the weather has been good, the guys have been able to stay out longer," Mr Taylor said.

"Quite a few of the boats stayed out overnight and we got some really good quality fish in this morning."

Mr Taylor said the'symbiotic relationship' between local fisherman and local marine rescue provides benefits for both parties.

"The fuel to go out and bring in a boat is going to be anything up to $200 so a lot of the money that we raise locally here goes towards supporting recreational fisherman and in return they donate fish for the auction," Mr Taylor said.

"We help them and they help us in return by donating fish for the auction, it works well for us both."

Mr Mower said based on the success of today's family fun event, the Fishing Club is hoping to regularly host family fun days on the last Sunday of each month as well as combine fishing competitions with the event when possible.

The next family fun day will be on Sunday April 24 for the Mackerel Shootout competition.

For more photos of the Easter Classic, pick up this Wednesday's edition of The Advocate.



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