The 10th annual Putt Bennett Family Fishing Festival will be held on January 7 to 9 at Mylestrom, 20 minutes south of Coffs Harbour.
Last year there were had 338 entries including 65 families. This year there are 101 prizes/trophies, with 24 in the catch and release section. Categories include male and female masters (over 50 years), senior (adult), junior 12 to 18 years and sub-junior up to 12 years. There is also a limited deep sea class.
At least 150 rod-and-reel outfits will be given away to the first children signing on, from 4pm on the Friday. A Random draw will be held after the weigh-in each day for six rods and reels on the Friday and Saturday and eight on Sunday. Competitors don't have to catch a fish to win a prize in random draw.
The junior winner and major winner last year was young Queensland Angler Mark Hunt, 13, from Coominya.
For further information email Trevor Williams at --e-mail address hidden-- or phone02 6655 4609.
– Festival organisers
The richest game fishing tournament on the North Coast, the 21st Golden Lure, will run from January 8 to 15 at Port Macquarie.
With more than $30,000 prizemoney, the Golden Lure attracts competitors Australia wide, with craft from luxurious game boats to trailer craft competing in tag and release and capture sections.
For full itinerary and accommodation options please contact Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on 1300 303 155 or visit www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au.
– Golden Lure
Many anglers travelled from distant areas to take part in the inaugural Port Macquarie ABT Bream Classic in November.
Conditions certainly weren’t ideal with the wind playing havoc with the fleet. First-day results were fairly disappointing although Sunday turned out to be a corker with anglers faring better and filling livewells before weigh-in and subsequent release of their catch.
Local knowledge helped and many Hastings anglers featured in the major placings. Locals Wayne Bale and Rod Jordan took out the event, catching some great fish to close out the other teams.
Placings were: 1 Viva Port Macquarie (Wayne Bale, Rod Jordan); 2 Team QSV (Peter Kelleher, Russell Babekuhl); 3 Pro 1 (Tome and Virginia Weirs); 4 Manning River Marine No.2 (Martin Richardson, Adam Ward); 5 Port Macquarie Tackle No.2 (Phill Watson, Matt Nidd).
– Andrew Roger
Bass Sydney members who fished the October Basscatch enjoyed one of the best weekend on the Hawkesbury-Nepean in memory.
Seventeen members and friends fished from Windsor to Penrith, recording some of the best catch data for many years with 385 bass caught, measured, recorded and released. The greater proportion of fish were under 200mm fork length, which prompted the question, “Where are all the bigger fish?”
All data was sent to DPI Fisheries where it was compiled with data collected over the past 15 years. The next Basscatch will be held at the end of February 2005. For more information on the Basscatch or Bass Sydney Fishing Club visit [url=http://www.basssydney.com/]or ring Dave Claydon on 0416 200 096.
Eighty-six anglers were spoilt by three great days of perfect weather for the inaugural Shimano Reef Science Ballina Fishing Classic last November.
Most boating anglers focused on the southern bank of the Richmond river for countless flathead for this purely catch-and-release event, weighing in 41 of their largest. Kirk Walker caught the biggest flathead, of 7.33kg, while Ethan Shaw was junior champ with a 1.09kg fish.
Blackfish were hard to come by with only six weighed in, with Paul Gray taking top three placings, led by his great 1.065kg fish.
Brad Barton’s 550g fish was top whiting of 27 weighed in, with Jeremy Blackney winning the junior section with a 380g fish.
Bream were the most targeted fish with Shane Shaw topping the list with an 800g specimen, while Ethan Shaw won the junior section with a 575g fish.
The inaugural Ballina Classic was a deliberately low-key event but response from local business and the media was excellent, with a photo of bikini-clad Melissa Burland doing the mermaid thing among the fish in the Reef Science tank gracing the front page of the regional paper the following day.
Shimano and Reef Science will be back this year, possibly on the October long weekend, with a much larger promotion which will include an offshore category.
– Dave MossReads: 915