Pictured at last year’s Evans Head Fishing Classic with a fine catch of trag and snapper are (from left) Kevin Hocroft, of Ballina, Rian Hocroft, of Sydney, Brian Hocroft, of Ballina, and Craig Soward, of Evans Head.
Pictured at last year’s Evans Head Fishing Classic with a fine catch of trag and snapper are (from left) Kevin Hocroft, of Ballina, Rian Hocroft, of Sydney, Brian Hocroft, of Ballina, and Craig Soward, of Evans Head. Doug Eaton

Classic reels in eager anglers

ABOUT 400 hopeful fishers had registered for this weekend’s 16th annual Evans Head Fishing Classic by yesterday afternoon, and they were still lining up to sign up, committee president Peter Leeson said.

Local fishers had been getting some great catches in recent days, Mr Leeson said, and an excellent weekend’s competition was expected.

The sea looked as if it was “starting to get up”, he said, and some difficult conditions were expected.

The event kicked off on a day that a weather warning was issued by NSW Maritime North Coast regional manager Jim Green.

North Coast recreational boaters, especially those taking part in the fishing classic, should check the weather before heading out, Mr Green said.

“Following recent wild weather, it is crucial that skippers are careful when considering crossing coastal bars or heading offshore.

"Maritime will also have safety patrols in the area for the duration of the competition, on the river, offshore and at boat ramps to support safe and responsible boating,” he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology was forecasting dangerous surf conditions up to Coffs Harbour today and extending to the Queensland border tomorrow, persisting until early next week at least, Mr Green said.

The Evans Head Fishing Classic runs until July 15.

The official start was yesterday at 5pm and fishers were able to throw their lines in the water from the afternoon.

First prize is a Honda CR-V valued at $35,000.

 

CLASSIC FACTS

  • Registration fees: Seniors: $130; Cadets (13-17) $25; Juniors $10.
  • Time limit: Time that entrants can weigh-in dead fish limited to five days.
  • Where: Richmond, Evans and Clarence rivers open for catch and release fishing. Only the Evans River Bar can be used to go to sea.
  • Skippers briefing: This year it will be compulsory for all entrants (outside and inside entrants, excluding juniors) wishing to weigh.


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