The 25th annual Hervey Bay Family Fishing Competition
  |  First Published: February 2017

The annual VMR Hervey Bay Family Fishing Competition organised by the Hervey Bay Boat Club Fishing and Social Club will be held from 9-12 March this year at Dayman Park in Pulgul Street, Urangan. This will be the 25th year of the popular event which attracts entrants from all over Australia to participate in an exciting four days of fishing and fun.

Each angler can hope to win a prize or two while enjoying the excellent facilities of the Fraser Coast and the sheltered waters of Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. The fun starts on Thursday with cold drinks and hot food available from 5pm. The official opening is at 6pm with lucky draws and spinning wheel raffles. The same goes for Friday through to Sunday. On Sunday from 12pm the fishing prizes will be presented.

There will be over $30,000 worth of prizes to win in the spinning wheel raffles and lucky draws, including $1000 cash to win each day. Every senior entrant will be in the senior draws including the Super Draw for an $8000 boat or $5000 cash. Every junior entrant will be in every junior draw including the Junior Super Draw for an iPad. Many entrants do not fish at all and simply go along to enjoy the atmosphere at the presentations, partake in the food and refreshments and perhaps win some of the hundreds of prizes and cash up for grabs.

You can start fishing immediately after the official opening and there will be around $10,000 of cash and prizes to win in both the live and dead fish categories. Eligible species in the live section are flathead (live only), bream and whiting, and species eligible for the dead weigh-in are whiting, blackall, bream, golden trevally and coral bream. Also for the seniors there is an Any Other Species category, which excludes flathead, cod, Spanish mackerel, sharks and rays.

Daily prizes will be a rod and reel combo for the heaviest fish of each species and the Any Other Species category, plus runner up prizes and 90L ice boxes for the overall winners. Everyone that weighs in a live fish will go into a draw for a Watersnake electric motor and there will be $1000 for the best fish over 5kg in the Any Other Species category.

Weigh-in times are Friday and Saturday 8.30am-6pm and Sunday 8.30am-12pm. Draws and presentation times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6pm-8pm and Sunday noon to about 3pm. There will be a licensed bar and plenty of hot food at the Sunrise Rotary caravan. Heaps of Fraser Island ice boxes, cash and fishing tackle are there to win in the continuous spinning wheel draws.

Thanks to the excellent support and generosity of The Fraser Coast Regional Council and local businesses, the competition has been a huge success each year, so make plans now to enter this popular event. Entry forms are available at tackle shops in Hervey Bay and Maryborough, at the Chronicle offices and at the Hervey Bay Boat Club, Sporties Club and Pialba Bowls Club. Phone 0407 663 578 or head to the website, www.fishingcompherveybay.org.au. You can also check out the Hervey Bay Boat Club website for information. – George Duck

Entry Costs

Junior (17 and under)$10

*Juniors are eligible to enter the Senior section.

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