2005 Bowen Family Fishing Classic
  |  First Published: August 2005

It’s on again, the Bowen Family Fishing Classic on Bowen’s Front Beach along Santa Barbara Parade. Join in the fishing and fun this year on September 10 and 11, 2005.

The whole family will enjoy the huge free entertainment from Jon English, The Wolverines, Rushmore, Jon Griffin, Bootooloo Duffers, Roll The Dice and The Docs. There are also children’s variety shows from Spunky Jelly Babies, Wally Wombat and The Pooki-Doos Show.

There are two weigh-ins over the weekend, with fish donated to the weigh-in team filleted and delivered to Meals on Wheels. Proceeds from the Classic assist local and regional charities, with a significant donation each year allocated for fish restocking in our local waterways.

Enjoy the beachwear and bikini parade, novelty events, puppet parade, the Classic Seafood Cafe, fireworks, sandcastle competition and the prizes and giveaways.

The Senior Prize boat package and the Junior Prize boat package are lucky draws. Just purchase a Senior Fishing Classic ticket at $22 or a Junior ticket at $10 and you’re automatically in with a chance.

Throw a line in, catch the tagged fish and you could secure a block of land valued at $120,000 at Whitsunday Shores Estate, just south of Bowen.

There are 16 categories for fishing, including crabs, and a Highest Weight prize as well as a Secret Weight prize for senior and junior anglers. The ladies are catered for with a top prize for the Heaviest Fish Weighed In By A Female, and the Lucky Weigh-In Prize is always popular. There are great trophies and prizes for the Champion Senior Angler and Junior Angler over the weekend, the Champion Senior trophy being the Phil Winnen Perpetual Memorial Trophy.

Bowen is situated at the Top of the Whitsundays, only 45 minutes from Whitsunday Coast Airport or an easy two-hour drive from Townsville or Mackay. Make sure you book your accommodation early! – BFFC

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