The Bream and Flathead Classic is now in its sixth year, running from 11-13 April 2014 and sponsored by Summerland Sporties.
The competition has grown from 30 anglers when first hosted to over 200 anglers in 2013. Last year a total of 58m of bream and 115m of flathead were caught and released back into Lake Macquarie.
The Department of Fisheries have used this catch and release competition to conduct research to determine the health of the artificial reefs in Lake Macquarie. Researchers said they were able to obtain a full year of information over the three days of the competition.
This event is geared towards family participation, with the main priority being to provide a safe and happy competition. The prize pool is worth over $12,000, with prizes for the Largest Bream and Largest Flathead for both junior and senior anglers.
The tournament also supports Ronald McDonald House. Last year the comp organisers were able to give RMH a cheque for $5000, and this year they hope to give even more.
Competitors will meet on Friday 11 April at 6:00pm at the Summerland Sporties for registration and 7:00pm for briefing. Show bags will be given to the kids and brag mats and boat flags given to the skippers.
On Saturday morning everyone will meet at Sandy Beach at 5:30am and have a complimentary bacon and egg roll. There are two sessions, one in the morning and one after lunch. Fishcare volunteers will be on hand at the official live weigh-in, or you can elect to take photos and download them at the end of each session. Lunch is available for a small charge and during this break the organisers will also be handing out giveaways. Then at 1:00pm the competitors will head out to the second and final session for the day, finishing at 4:00pm with further giveaways.
On Sunday morning everybody will meet at Sandy Beach again and be treated to the same tasty breakfast. On this day there will be only one session and the competition will close at noon. Then everybody will return back to Summerland Sporties for the presentation and the kayak draw.
The entry fee is $40 for adults and $15 for juniors. Shirts are also available at a cost of $30 each. Online registrations are open at www.sportiesfishingclassic.com.au, and you can also visit the tournament’s community on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Breamandflatheadclassic.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all there. - Bream & Flathead Classic CommitteeReads: 914