Locals ready for fishing bonanza

FISHING enthusiasts will battle it out for cash and prizes in the North Coast Fishing Bonanza this weekend.

Entries were still flooding in yesterday for the competition, which boasts more than $75,000 in cash and prizes.

The Bonanza has been organised by Ballina-based Australian Fishing Tournaments (AFT) in conjunction with the Ballina Volunteer Coast Guard Boat and Leisure Show.

AFT director Michael Starkey said 75 entries had been lodged by yesterday afternoon and he expected more to come in this morning.

“There’s quite a few junior anglers and we’ve got about 12 women so far, too,” Mr Starkey said.

Each adult who enters will go into a draw to win a Tabs 4.9m Master Series Runabout, with an electric 75hp motor, sounder/GPS, safety gear and trailer, valued at $35,000. Every person under 16 will go into the draw to win a Ballina Marineland boat and trailer package and Evinrude motor, valued at $10,000.

Anglers can fish in any public-access river systems or offshore from the Tweed River through to the Clarence River. But anglers must keep in mind the ‘no-go zones’ in marine parks.

Anglers are encouraged to follow catch-and-photograph competition rules.

Each fish must be photographed on a ‘brag mat’, which will be made available during the competition.

The photographs will also have to be taken with a nominated token, which will be announced each day.

The competition closes tomorrow at 2pm.

The winners, including the prize draws, will be announced after 3pm tomorrow at the Ballina Boat and Leisure Show at Kingsford Smith Park.

Entry to the fishing competition costs $150 for adults, $60 for a cadet and $20 for a junior.

For more information, go to www.gamakatsu.com.au.

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