Classic produces some fishy tales
By Luke Prendergast
ANYONE who has ever fished has a story to tell about the one that got away, and Daniel Fuhrmann is no exception.
The 12-year-old Mummulgum boy took part in the Evans Head Fishing Classic junior event yesterday, hooking himself a bream, but rueing the one he missed.
It was a good weekend for the Fuhrmann family, with Daniel, 10-year-old Nicholas, five-year-old Sophie and 12-year-old cousin, Jacob Follent, of Lismore, all landing a bream.
"They all caught a fish each, so that was good," said proud father Peter Fuhrmann.
According to Daniel, the secret was in the bait.
"We were using pippies. We had a few prawns as well, but we didn't catch anything with the prawns," he said.
Just as important as bait is location. The kids found a good hole on Airforce Beach and milked it for all it was worth.
"I hooked my bream and brought it in, then my cousin hooked his bream and brought it in, then my brother hooked his bream and brought it in, then my sister hooked her bream and brought it in," Daniel explained.
And then came the great fishing tragedy. "I lost one after that. We didn't get a good look at it, but it looked pretty big," he said.
Classic organiser Mick Furchtman said a record 440 junior entries, made up of kids aged four to 12, caught, weighed and released 256 fish.
About 260 kids also attended a fishing clinic on Saturday, and about 1000 people attended the presentation last night. "It was a great event, a great turn-out. We're up in numbers again on last year, by I think about 80," Mr Furchtman said.
"This is our twelfth year and it seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year." Organisers gave away about $8000 in prizes, including a first prize of a 70cc 'Terminator' quad bike. Every kid who caught a bream went into the draw.