Fishing classic threatened
ANGLERS will have a better chance of catching the winning fish at this weekend’s Evans Head Fishing Classic.
That’s because competitors in the prestigious event have been given a greater area to fish to catch the whopper yellowtail kingfish or monster mulloway that could win them the new SUV or holiday to Vanuatu that are up for grabs in the major prize draw.
But Defence Force plans to extend the Evans Head weapons range fly zone offshore over popular fishing grounds threatens the future of the classic, which kicks off today and runs until July 16.
If the plans go ahead, fishing boats will not be able to enter waters under that air space during training exercises.
“It would drastically affect us,” Evans Head Fishing Classic co-ordinator Max Barton said.
“A lot of people wouldn’t want to come because they couldn’t go fishing in that particular fishing ground.
“It is an iconic event for Evans Head and the Richmond Valley Council, who have recognised it as one of their premier events.”
Organisers expect 900 entrants this year in the junior, cadet and full membership categories.
Women have been catered for too, with a champagne breakfast scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Evans Head-Casino Surf Life Saving Club, and all the money raised going to breast cancer support.