News

Classic catches win the loot

Brian Wilson of Hasting Point, Carl Philip and Noelene McAndrew of Duranbah at the Evans Head Fishing Classic.
Brian Wilson of Hasting Point, Carl Philip and Noelene McAndrew of Duranbah at the Evans Head Fishing Classic. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

AT LEAST 1000 hopeful punters packed into the Evans Head Fishing Classic outdoor compound on Friday night dreaming of the possibility of being $20,000 richer by the end of the night.

But there could only be one first prize winner and that reward ultimately went to 22-year-old Maclean resident Rhyan Buckley.

"I'm ecstatic; it was the last thing on my mind," Mr Buckley said of the win.

The lucky cash prize capped off a great week for the keen angler, who had already caught the second-biggest cobia of the week, winning $500 and a new fishing rod.

His good mate and boat captain Stephen Pateman also won the amberjack category.

"It was a bit of a fairytale all round," Mr Buckley said of the week.

"We're splitting the money, $10,000 each - that's was an agreement we made before we came," Mr Buckley said.

"My half will probably go towards a boat for myself."

Three more prizes worth more than $10,000 were awarded as part of the final day's raffle, and the dedicated anglers responsible for the biggest catches of the week also received a total of $18,625 across the 13 fish categories.

Evans Head Fishing Classic secretary Max Barton said the seven-day event had been another success, even though numbers were down on last year.

"We had 711 entrants this year, which is down about 10% from the year before," he said.

"I think the wet weather leading up to the competition was one of the factors that would have contributed to that."

"But this year we had a sunny start and end to the classic, with a few rainy days in between."

Mr Barton said there were a few stand-out catches over the week, including a 7.145kg flathead caught by Glen Hitchens.

Caught on the morning of the final day, it knocked off a 5kg flathead caught at the start of the week by local vet Rod Blake.

But don't think the anglers are going to give away too many secrets about where they hooked their big fish.

When asked where that flathead was caught, Mr Barton said: "In the water".

WINNERS CIRCLE

$20,000 first prize raffle winner: Rhyan Buckley

BIGGEST FISH (first prize, $1000 cash)

Whiting: 0.720kg, Justin Robson

Bream: 1.465kg, Shane Perry

Dart: 0.690kg, Justin Crisp

Flathead: 7.145kg, Glenn Hitchens

Luderick: 1.175kg, Tanya Bennett

Tarwhine: 1.290kg, Carl Phillip

Snapper: 927mm Luke Pendrich

Taylor: 3.320kg Jeff Smith

Teraglin: 3.615kg, Brendan Bahr

Pearl Perch: 4.015kg, Mick McGillivray

Cobia: 21.580kg, Scott Fleming

Mulloway: 25.340kg, Mitch Rizzardini

Yellowtail/Kingfish/ Amberjack: 10.680kg, Stephen Pateman.

Topics:  evans head fishing classic



LISTEN: Resident airs frustrations over parking debacle

Paid parking has pushed hospital commuters into suburbia, proving problematic for residents.

Parking pressures felt in suburbia of hospital precinct

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

NSW Sport comments on Lennox Head Ski Jump

An artist impression of the Ski jump facility at Lennox Head. The size of the structure has upset locals, but it may not be as big as it appears in the artist impression.

Lennox Head Ski Jump on its four week exhibition

Local Partners

LISTEN: Resident airs frustrations over parking debacle

PAID parking around Lismore Base Hospital has driven suburban warfare as staff and patients battle to nab a free space at the cost of residents.


First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

Stories Troy Cassar-Daley carries around

LEGEND: Troy Cassar-Daley after receiving the Golden Guitar Award for Album of the Year during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

You can see him in Ballina this weekend

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

KIM Kardashian has been slammed by her followers after posting a tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

Stars line up for writers festival

POPULAR: Byron Writers Festival 2016 recorded the biggest crowds in 20 years of the event.

John Safran, Deng Thiak Adut and Dava Sobel among others

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam in a scene from the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!