News

Twins haul in double delights at Fishing Classic

Twin brothers Brett and Scott Newton show off their heavyweight cobia catches at the Evans Head Fishing Classic, caught on Saturday. Scott's fish (right) weighed 11.9kg Photo: Hamish Broome / The Northern Star
Twin brothers Brett and Scott Newton show off their heavyweight cobia catches at the Evans Head Fishing Classic, caught on Saturday. Scott's fish (right) weighed 11.9kg Photo: Hamish Broome / The Northern Star

CATCHING big fish is second nature to the Newton twins, who spent their teens casting lines every day while growing up in Evans Head.

Both brothers nabbed sizable fish on Saturday in the Evans Head Fishing Classic, with Scott Newton pipping his identical twin brother Brett with an 11.9kg cobia, or black kingfish.

The big catch immediately put the Kyogle father of two atop the leaderboard in the cobia class.

"I was buggered I tell you," Scott said after describing the 15-minute struggle with the weighty beast.

"I was happy I got it in. I already dropped two others just prior, 15 minutes apart."

There was a fair bit of sibling rivalry on show between the brothers, who landed their catches while fishing an offshore reef from Brett's boat.

Scott lives in Kyogle nowadays and only gets to fish on odd occasions while Brett still lives in Evans.

"We only caught the fish because I put him in the right spot," Brett declared.

"I catch them every day."

But despite the ribbing, it was Scott who had the last laugh, probably winning fish of the day and nabbing a $350 rod as well as putting himself in the race to win $1000 by the week's end.

The twins' next goal was to hook a big jewfish, with Brett aiming to beat his 15kg record.

The weekend wasn't all about the big boys, with the juniors' competition attracting plenty of keen young anglers.

TASTE TEST: Evans Head Fishing Classic president Peter Leeson (right) gets up close and personal with the 11.90kg cobia hauled in by Scott Newton on Saturday.
TASTE TEST: Evans Head Fishing Classic president Peter Leeson (right) gets up close and personal with the 11.90kg cobia hauled in by Scott Newton on Saturday. Hamish Broome

Eight-year-old Tayla Dempsey from Evans Head was out with her family, and had already caught a 25cm bream.

"She's got the gift," mum Karen said.

"We were down at the beach the other day and she just threw the line in and caught a whiting."

The juniors' big prize draw was held yesterday afternoon with a $700 kayak up for grabs, along with plenty of other prizes.

Organiser Heidi Hollis said there were so many prizes up for grabs that many people didn't even "wet a line", but just entered to win prizes.

"A few ladies don't fish, they just come for the champagne breakfast (on Wednesday) and the atmosphere," she said.

The action continues this week with the seniors' major prize draw on Friday afternoon, with daily prizes every day around 5pm.

Topics:  evans head fishing classic




Is this the start of our Rural Renaissance?

Exports to the US have dropped 40%, China 30% and Japan 10%. China and Saudi Arabia have once more open their doors to Brazilian beef while Indonesia is now looking to Indian buffalo meat to boost its supplies

Rising prices the talk of the town as rain raises farmers’ spirits

Lismore picked to host world-class daredevil show in 2017

Oakes Oval in Lismore will host the sell-out, worldwide phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live during its 15-city Australian tour in April.

Big boost to local business and big news for BMX fans

Do you think you have the cutest baby on the Northern Rivers?

Dad Tim Sherwin with his 3 year old son Levi Sherwin, who has been entered in the Baby Show.

Comp judges cutest baby, happiest baby and baby with longest lashes

Latest deals and offers

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m