Evans Head Fishing Classic expected to net bucketloads
IF the saying goes, 'you don't catch fish when you're comfortable', then Ray Collins thinks the haul at this week's Evans Head Fishing Classic will be hard work. With a forecast for clear skies, contestants enrolled in the 12th annual event may have to share their catch. But if last year is anything to go by, good weather proved the saying wrong with people catching 'bucketloads of fish'. President Ray Collins said he expected more entrants this year vying for the $100,000 in prizes with competition beginning last night at 5pm and running until July 13. "It's shaping up real good, our pre-registration numbers are probably up on last year's," he said. "So far there are 560 adults and 200 kids enrolled and there's been a steady stream through all day. "I think it's been so successful because of a combination of things, the prize money, there's a catch, display and release segment which a lot of people embrace and it's a good family event with sometimes husbands, wives and teenage kids all involved." Ray said 80 per cent of the fish are released back into the water. The deep sea fish don't survive the journey but entrants are encouraged to bring back only the best ones for the competition. There are a variety of ways to fish, on the river, beach or deep sea and every night there will be $4500 worth of cash prizes with between 50 and 100 live fish displayed in a massive tank. A raffle draw on the final night is open to all contestants whether they caught fish or not and they could win a Haines boat valued at $34,000 or a camper trailer. Download entry forms from www.evansheadfishingclassic.com.au or go to the site office behind the RSL or call 6682 4536.