Family fish classic

NOW: The Allen Family Fishing competitors in memory of Ron Allen with (from left) grandsons Mick, Luke, Nicholas and sons John, Peter and Chris.
NOW: The Allen Family Fishing competitors in memory of Ron Allen with (from left) grandsons Mick, Luke, Nicholas and sons John, Peter and Chris. Contributed

THREE brothers and their families gather on an annual basis to honour their fishing-loving father in Evans Head.

The Allen Family Fishing Competition sees all members of the family try to catch the biggest mullet with rods designed especially for float fishing.

Oldest brother John said it was a great chance for the family to get together.

"I live here in Evans Head but my brothers Chris and Peter come here for holidays each year," he said.

"Our dad, Ron Allen, used to come here for holidays and taught us all to fish with bamboo sticks.

"As soon as he started fishing all the local and holiday kids would surround him to watch what he did.

"He was like the Pied Piper of Hamlyn."

John has even organised a plaque for the family competition to be presented to the winner.

"The plaque has the last great photo of dad with the three of us boys taken at the same spot we are fishing today," he said.

It's full family involvement with John, at 63, as the eldest, and one of his father's great-grandsons Jayden, at age 10 joining in the competition.

"Mum comes down with her caravan to spend time with her seven grand kids and 18 great-grand kids," John said of 86-year-old Joyce Allen from Lismore.

"The winner is the one who has caught the biggest mullet, but the runner-up is the one who catches the most," John said. "I won last year but I'm not doing so well this year."

The largest mullet is kept but using an honour system, all fish are recorded and released.

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