High hopes for Tenno Classic
  |  First Published: April 2012

The annual Tenno Bream and Flathead Classic will be held on Lake Macquarie from April 13 to 15.

It’s an open catch and release event for recreational anglers of all ages to have a fun, but competitive, fishing weekend. The competition is based at Summerland Point, about 15 minutes’ drive from Swansea at the southern end of Lake Macquarie.

It is held in the school holidays to maximise opportunities for the whole family. All sections of the competition will be judged by fish length.

The Classic is designed to be a fun family event with sections for juniors and seniors and bonus prizemoney available for kayakers and females.

While there are prizes for largest of species, overall catch, etc, the emphasis is on involvement and some of the top prizes and money will go to random entrant giveaways.

Everyone who enters, even if they don't catch a fish, could win a major prize. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors there is more than $12000 in cash, prizes and giveaways.

The Classic has grown every year, with just under 250 entrants in 2011, and organisers hopeful of an even bigger year.

Last year a total of more than 90 metres of flathead were caught and released, along with just over 55m of bream. This speaks volumes for the quality of fishing and the sustainability of the competition.

On Friday evening there will be registration, competitor briefing and thousands of dollars in giveaways at the Tunkuwallin Tennis Club at Summerland Point.

There are three fishing sessions – Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning. A maximum of two bream and/or flathead per session are allowed, meaning a maximum of six fish can go towards a competitor’s weekend tally. For more information, rules and more, visit www.tennoclassic.com.au. – Tenno Classic

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