Sunshine matches a great day for Fishing Bonanza
HAVING the home advantage can make all the difference to a football match, and Mark Leighton was hoping that theory applied to fishing competitions as well.
The Lismore resident and his mate, Jason Dayman of Ballina, teamed up over the weekend for the North Coast Fishing Bonanza.
After loading their gear into their kayaks, they headed straight to some of their favourite fishing spots in Emigrant Creek.
"We've done pretty well," Mark said.
"So far we've caught about seven or eight fish - they're whiting and flathead - using lures.
"It's definitely been good for us.
"Fishing is my hobby. I'm a member of the RSL Fishing Club and I get out most Tuesdays and Saturdays.
"The biggest fish I've ever caught was an 11kg snapper from the 32-fathom line off Ballina.
"That was pretty good fun, and good eating, too."
Mark has entered the fishing bonanza in previous years and said it was a good competition.
One of the organisers, John Starkey, said they had seen some nice catches over the four days of the event.
"We've had a 44cm whiting, caught by a local teenager, so that's pretty impressive," he said.
"There was also a 90cm jewfish and an 85.5cm flathead."
Mr Starkey said the bonanza's new location - on the Lance Ferris Wharf at Fawcett Park in Ballina - had been popular. Fine weather also contributed to the event's success.
"In previous years the weather hasn't been that great, so we were happy to have a good run this year," he said.
"Being on the wharf has also brought a lot more people over from the main street." For full results from the North Coast Fishing Bonanza, visit fishingcomps.com.au/ncfb.