Fun weekend of fishy business
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
"IT was this big," said four-year-old Riley Gregor of the one that got away.
But, luckily for the Goonellabah boy, the one that got away didn't matter at the weekend Ballina Fishing Classic.
Riley took out second place in the junior section of the competition with a bream he caught near Wardell that weighed in at 285g.
"I caught it with a rod. I caught nine altogether," he said.
"I'll keep some of them and eat them but they'll throw the bream back."
Riley's bream was one of more than 100 fish thrown back into the river after being caught by the competition's 70 adult entrants and 28 juniors.
Catches from outside were allowed to be kept by their anglers.
Organiser Dave Moss said the number of entries was down this year, but they were happy to be in Ballina.
"Ballina is our home town and it's been a beautiful weekend," he said.
"We do 45 events a year between Melbourne and Bundaberg but we love it here in Ballina."
He said the most popular catch of the weekend was flathead, but someone also brought in an impressive mulloway.
"We had an 8kg mulloway in the tank which was good to look at ," he said.
"It's not one of our live categories but someone went to the trouble to bring it in, so good on them."