GREAT CATCH: Mason Bignell, Brooke Bignell and Mathew McIlroy on Saturday after a big day of fishing.
GREAT CATCH: Mason Bignell, Brooke Bignell and Mathew McIlroy on Saturday after a big day of fishing. Contributed

Keen anglers wet a line for fishing classic

HUNDREDS of keen anglers were caught hook, line and sinker by the excitement of the race to the top of the  Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic leaderboard.

Despite wet weather and choppy conditions, local and visiting fishermen and fisherwomen took to the water for the first few days of the week-long competition.

Organiser Linda Adam said numbers this year had already surpassed last year's nominations.

"The competition is getting bigger and bigger every year, which is a great sign for the local event," she said.

"Hopefully conditions improve later this week so that anglers can start fishing offshore and post some larger reef fish."

A growing contingency of younger anglers has been noticeable this year with Ms Adam predicting the number of children has doubled.

"We have a new division called cadets and it's for 10 to 17-year-olds," she said.

"Previously 13 to 17-year-olds were fishing in the adult category so we've adjusted that and it's going well so far."

Ms Adam said yesterday conditions looked perfect but the bar was still rough and offshore fishing was doubtful.

"It looked really flat this morning but I heard the bar was still very rough and only a few would be getting offshore today," she said.

"Forecasts have predicted Thursday through to Saturday's weather will be fine so hopefully they can get out then and bag some reefies."

On Sunday at the Classic it was kids' day with the local fisheries going through all the basics of fishing.

Ms Adam said it was great for the younger anglers to learn the basics and proper fishing practices.

Pat Fennessy (left) and Joel Mahon.
Pat Fennessy (left) and Joel Mahon.

Leaderboard

  • Beach Fish
  • Tailor: Lenard Sharman 1.8kg
  • Bream: Craig Hamilton 0.915kg
  • Whiting: Richard Tweedale 0.405kg
  • Dart: Mark Noffke 0.430kg
  • Flathead: Grant McFarlane 2.670kg
  • Jew: Clayton Francis 3.915kg
  • Reef fish
  • Snapper: Joel Mahon 4.110kg
  • Parrot: Megan Thomsen 1.930kg
  • Pearl Perch: Ryan Jones 1.160kg
  • Sweet Lip: Brooke Bignell 2.065kg
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