Every Queen’s Birthday weekend for the past 27 years, up to 800 anglers from Northern New South Wales and South East Queensland have pointed their rods toward the ocean and estuaries of the New South Wales coast from Tweed Heads to Evans Head.
Lines baited and with a swing of the rod, snake out looking for that elusive large tailor that will come in at around the 4kg mark. Top prize is $1,500 plus $500 worth of goods and, of course, the champion trophy.
For the last five years the event has been run by the Cabarita Beach Pottsville Beach Lions Club. The club is under the leadership of the well known fishing identity ‘Richo’ Richards, who will also be running the fishing competition.
The event starts at Cabarita Beach at noon on Saturday. Dawn Sunday morning the anglers have to return for the weigh in with their bags, hopefully full of fish of all sizes and species. Even if their bag does not contain the big one, there are another 38 fishing prizes on offer and an additional 50 entry prizes to be won, including a boat, trailer and engine package. Overall, there are over $30,000 worth of prizes to be won.
After the weigh in, breakfast is served just in time for the prize presentation. The day ends with a fireworks display on the beach.
In the five years that the club has been running this competition it has distributed $82,000 to local charities; major beneficiaries have been the Cabarita Surf lifesaving Club and the Volunteer Rescue Association, but local schools and the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter have also benefited.
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