Twins haul in double delights at Fishing Classic

CATCHING big fish is second nature to the Newton twins, who spent their teens casting lines every day while growing up in Evans Head.

Both brothers nabbed sizable fish on Saturday in the Evans Head Fishing Classic, with Scott Newton pipping his identical twin brother Brett with an 11.9kg cobia, or black kingfish.

The big catch immediately put the Kyogle father of two atop the leaderboard in the cobia class.

"I was buggered I tell you," Scott said after describing the 15-minute struggle with the weighty beast.

"I was happy I got it in. I already dropped two others just prior, 15 minutes apart."

There was a fair bit of sibling rivalry on show between the brothers, who landed their catches while fishing an offshore reef from Brett's boat.

Scott lives in Kyogle nowadays and only gets to fish on odd occasions while Brett still lives in Evans.

"We only caught the fish because I put him in the right spot," Brett declared.

"I catch them every day."

But despite the ribbing, it was Scott who had the last laugh, probably winning fish of the day and nabbing a $350 rod as well as putting himself in the race to win $1000 by the week's end.

The twins' next goal was to hook a big jewfish, with Brett aiming to beat his 15kg record.

The weekend wasn't all about the big boys, with the juniors' competition attracting plenty of keen young anglers.

TASTE TEST: Evans Head Fishing Classic president Peter Leeson (right) gets up close and personal with the 11.90kg cobia hauled in by Scott Newton on Saturday.
TASTE TEST: Evans Head Fishing Classic president Peter Leeson (right) gets up close and personal with the 11.90kg cobia hauled in by Scott Newton on Saturday. Hamish Broome

Eight-year-old Tayla Dempsey from Evans Head was out with her family, and had already caught a 25cm bream.

"She's got the gift," mum Karen said.

"We were down at the beach the other day and she just threw the line in and caught a whiting."

The juniors' big prize draw was held yesterday afternoon with a $700 kayak up for grabs, along with plenty of other prizes.

Organiser Heidi Hollis said there were so many prizes up for grabs that many people didn't even "wet a line", but just entered to win prizes.

"A few ladies don't fish, they just come for the champagne breakfast (on Wednesday) and the atmosphere," she said.

The action continues this week with the seniors' major prize draw on Friday afternoon, with daily prizes every day around 5pm.

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