Registration open for 2016 Riverina Classic
  |  First Published: December 2015

The Darlington Point Riverina Classic Catch and Release Fishing Competition is held on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River at Darlington Point in the Riverina NSW, located 30km South of Griffith and 150km West of Wagga Wagga.

The Darlington Point Riverina Classic Catch and Release Fishing Competition is a not for profit organisation who concentrate their efforts on re-stocking the waterways of the Murrumbidgee River with fingerlings of Murray cod and golden perch in order to help secure a sustainable fishing future. The competition is a community event run by members of the Darlington Point/ Coleambally APEX club and their partners and friends.

The competition area spans 24kms of the Murrumbidgee River; a thriving water system with an abundance of fish caught over the summer period by keen anglers using bait, spinner baits and hardbody lures. The boundaries of the fishing competition line four state national parks making it an ideal location with plenty of river access from the bank to camp and fish. The river is also easily accessible by boat and it’s common to see 5m fishing boats getting around the river system.

2015's competition enabled the committee to release 3000 golden perch and Murray cod fingerlings into the Murrumbidgee river and raise $18,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Over 2000 visitors attended the weekend with over 500 entrants into the competition chasing Murray cod, yellowbelly, and carp from boat and land.

2016 will see the third consecutive running of the Riverina Classic, and with the success of previous years the committee are dedicated to doubling their efforts in fingerling numbers to be released into the Murrumbidgee. The committee will donate profits from the 2016 competition to Motor Neurone Disease NSW and Griffith Motor Neurone Disease support group in order to help fund vital medical research and support for those suffering with Motor Neurone Disease.

This year the committee have elected to move to a photo entry competition in order to minimise any negative effects on fish welfare and ensure anglers have maximum opportunity to chase that elusive big one.

The Riverina Classic is not your average fishing competition. We offer a family fun weekend filled with markets, entertainment for kids, helicopter joy flights, river train rides, merchandise, and food stalls. An array of fishing tackle will also be on offer from some of the leading suppliers for the fishing enthusiast. There's a $60,000 prize pool – one of the largest prize pools offered for inland fishing competitions in NSW.

Included in the prize pool is a $10,000 flight centre holiday voucher, a Stacer 399 Proline Angler running 30hp mercs – complete with trailer, and a cash prize for the best represented fishing club in attendance over the weekend.

The competition will again be held over two days in 2016, commencing on Friday afternoon 12th February with presentations and prizes to be drawn Sunday 14th Feb. Entry fees are $50 for adults and $25 for kids so bring along the family and enjoy a great weekend out in Darlington Point.

To register online visit: www.riverinaclassic.com or visit the registration tent at the Darlington Point Lions Park on the day.

For more information, check out our Facebook page – Riverina Classic Fishing Competition.

Or call Shaun Roche: 0447727697 or Chris Sutton: 0427516197.

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