Big catches netted at the Coffs Harbour Easter Fishing Classic. Images: LEIGH JENSEN.
Big catches netted at the Coffs Harbour Easter Fishing Classic. Images: LEIGH JENSEN. Leigh Jensen

Tight lines at Fishing Classic

IT'S not often the weather dominates discussion at a fishing classic when big catches are being netted.

But at Coffs Harbour's Easter Fishing Classic, it was understandable given the event was greeted by three days of perfect conditions in stark contrast to events of recent years.

"The weather was absolutely magic, usually it rains at Easter in Coffs, but not this year," organisers said.

The sunshine saw an increase in entries on last year with 66 boats on the water and 211 senior anglers registered along with 64 junior fishos.   

Sponsored by Jetty Boating Coffs Harbour and Yahama the 2012 classic held at the Deep Sea Fishing Club donated proceeds to Marine Rescue

"The anglers were generous with donating their catch to Marine Rescue Coffs Harbour, which maintained a radio safety coverage of all anglers, some of whom stayed out overnight on Friday and Saturday," Marine Rescue's Linda Jones said.

"The charity fish auction, conducted by Glenn Aylward was awesome with $5655 raised for Marine Rescue Coffs Harbour.

Top honours went to the appropriately named boat Long Shot.

To the other winners: 

 

In the Beach, Rock & Estuary:  

Sub junior (under 10years of age)

Champion:  Joe Mitchell with four species caught, weight 2.46 kg

Runner up: Ben Lockwood with two species, weight 0.68kg

Junior (10 to 18 years)

Champion: Kye Hickson with four species, weight 3.82 kg

Runnerup: Caitlyn Beverley with four species, weight 1.85kg

Female

Champion: Rachael Wood with two species, weight 3.66 kg

Runner up: Julie Elvery with two species, weight 1.60 kg

Male

Champion: Shane Bursle with seven species, weight 7.96 kg

Runnerup: Dean Schweikert with six species, weight 11.05 kg

In the Deep Sea:

Junior (under 18 years)

Champion: Andrew Maugher with six species, weight 6.41 kg

Runner up: Harley Norton with five species, weight 19.57 kg

Female

Champion: Debra Kemmis with six species, weight 9.01 kg

Runner up: Janelle Young with four species, weight 4.15 kg

Male:

Champion: Brad Pearce with 11 species, weight 58.85 kg

Runner up: Allan Dunn with nine species, weight 27.94 kg

Champion Boat: LONG SHOT 

Paul Chrichton and Brad Pearce

11 species caught

Runner up Boat: WYLCATCHEM

Andrew Mainey and Steve Shelley eight species



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