CLASSIC CATCH: Ballina's Melissa Burland takes a dip with the fish at the Ballina Fishing Classic
CLASSIC CATCH: Ballina's Melissa Burland takes a dip with the fish at the Ballina Fishing Classic

Fishing comp reels in the crowds

By RENEE REDMOND

THE catch of the day was Melissa Burland, who dived into the Shimano Reef Science tank on Saturday at the Ballina Fishing Classic.

Melissa, 24, of Ballina, was dropping off some ham and salad rolls to her boyfriend, pro-angler Trent Short, when she was asked to get in the tank, at the Ballina Rugby League Club, for a photograph.

"It's not too bad swimming in the tank, the fish are beautiful and it's quite warm. I'm not scared of the bream but one of the flathead pricked my finger," she said.

Melissa said unlike her partner, she wasn't much of a fisher.

In October, Trent was named the fourth best in Australia at the national Bream Titles.

"I like to fish a couple of times a week, I fish the river, rock walls, house pontoons and sand flats in Ballina," the 26year-old Ballina plumber said.

Organiser, David Moss, said they had more than 150 entries over the weekend and planned to make next year even bigger.



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