Ballina?s Melissa Burland takes a plunge in the Reef Science Display Tank at last year?s Ballina Fishing Classic.
Ballina?s Melissa Burland takes a plunge in the Reef Science Display Tank at last year?s Ballina Fishing Classic.

Ballina Classic lures them in

By STEVE SPINKS

LAST year Melissa Burland was the catch of the day at the Ballina Fishing Classic.

The 25-year-old Ballina local slipped into the 20,000 litre Reef Science Display Tank at the Ballina Rugby League Club to see first-hand the fish that her partner had caught during the 2004 inaugural Classic.

It's unknown if Burland will be back this weekend when the Fishing Classic returns to Ballina's waterways, but the fish are sure to be.

"Everything's ready," organiser Dave Blackney said.

"It goes from Evans Head to Byron Bay.

"Hopefully the conditions will be OK."

If the bar is closed by the Coast Guard then the deep-sea fish prizes will be drawn at random.

The Classic will run for three days starting tomorrow with weigh-ins between 8am and 2pm at the Ballina Leagues Club, where once again the Reef Science Display Tank will be on show.

All competitors are required to sign the register at the beginning of the competition tomorrow at 3pm at the event site and sign out at the conclusion on Sunday at 2pm.

Thousands of dollars in prizes will be up for grabs, with Shimano gear, a 75cm television and a Maco Craft tinny, just some of the booty.

Last year more than 150 competitors, including juniors, contested the event and organisers are expecting another big crowd.

Live estuary categories are bream, luderick, flathead and whiting while the ocean categories are snapper, kingfish, mulloway and pearl perch.

Cost of entry is $33 for seniors and $11 for juniors and all competitors must have a NSW Fishing licence.

To register contact Dave's Bait Shop on 6686 2481 or Suffolk Sports on 6621 3047.

One thing is for certain, there'll be plenty to look at in the tank this weekend.



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