TIGHT LINES: The Putt Bennett Family Fishing Festival is under way at Mylestom and already there’s talk of some sizeable catches.
TIGHT LINES: The Putt Bennett Family Fishing Festival is under way at Mylestom and already there’s talk of some sizeable catches. Leigh Jensen

Putt Bennett Family Fishing Festival fun for the family

NAMED after a local who loved to wet a line, the Putt Bennett Family Fishing Festival at Mylestom has attracted anglers from far and wide.

A holiday tradition for many locals and visiting families holidaying at North Beach, the fishing classic started yesterday and runs until tomorrow.

The event encourages the preservation of waterways and fishing resources through catch-and-release programs and asks that all anglers adhere to minimum size regulations.

In the theme of family, all anglers are welcome and classes/divisions include champion family, champion masters, adult, junior, sub-junior and minor.

There are 24 fish species classes in the catch-and-release division for bream, whiting and dusky flathead and nine species in the gutted-and-gilled division, including bream, whiting, dusky flathead, mulloway, luderick, tailor, dart, sand mullet and garfish.

Anglers are restricted to waterways between Nambucca River and Coffs Harbour, south of Muttonbird Island, including the Bellinger and Kalang rivers and Deep Creek, Bonville Creek and Boambee Creek.

It is still possible to sign in between 4pm and 7pm tonight and the weigh-in will happen tomorrow afternoon.

The cost is $15 per adult, $10 per junior and $50 per family, with a maximum of two adults and three children.

To find out more call 66554293 or email mail@northbeachbowls.com.au.



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