The annual River to Reef Fishing Classic, held from September 23 to 26, attracted over 200 anglers from across the Sunshine Coast. This fun family event is a favourite with southeast anglers because of the number of quality prizes, giveaways, clinics and games on offer during the three-day period.
The boundaries during the Classic were from Caloundra to Noosa bar and all rivers in between, and anglers fished in two categories – Offshore and Estuary/Beach – each with six eligible species. There were prizes for live catches, and many good size whiting and bream were seen swimming around in the live tank supplied by the Aussie Fishing Park. The junior entrants presented some unreal catches, leaving many senior anglers puzzled as to what they were doing wrong!
The major prize was a Stessl 3.85m Edge Tracker with a 30hp Yamaha outboard and Dunbier trailer, valued at $10,000 and donated by Dolphin Marine at Kawana. Other prices included numerous Wilson LiveFibre Rods, reels, lures and vouchers.
Anglers were able to source all the major reefs including Barwon Banks for the duration of the tournament. Day One saw the arrival of some quality elbow slapping whiting and bream just under the 1kg mark. The 15-25 knot northeasterlies each day made conditions very uncomfortable outside, and it wasn’t until Day Two that some offshore varieties started to show up.
There were plenty of snapper around, but anglers found the bigger fish had no weight to them because of recent spawning. Big mackerel were scarce along with jacks and pearlies, the eventual winner weighing in just in time.
The tournament was a huge success, thanks to all the work was done by the volunteers/organizers, and the whole area had a party atmosphere. Thanks go to Jim Gibbs from L. Wilson for his great contribution towards prizes for the tournament, and for giving helpful advice to anyone who asked a question.
The proceeds of the tournament benefit Sport and Leisure for the Handicapped Association Inc trading as RAD (Recreational Association for the Disabled). The organization provides fishing and boating excursions between Brisbane and Hervey Bay for children with disabilities. - RAD
Division 1 – Deep Sea
|Pearl Perch||Nathan Bourke||2.195kg|
Division 2 – Estuary and Beach
|Mangrove Jack||None Weighed In|
1) Don McCorkindale with the top dart of the day.
2) Cliff Andreassen with the winning tailor.