Port Hinchinbrook Fishing Classic on Again
  |  First Published: July 2009

The Port Hinchinbrook Fishing Classic is on again from 16-20 September.

Last year Fishing Monthly were lucky enough to fish in this event and this year we plan to do the same and hopefully come away with as many fantastic memories.

Like last year, the 2009 event will be split into two categories.

Division One is for marlin and sailfish where anglers will fish 6kg line in a tag and release only format. In Division One anglers and teams compete for the daily tag and release prize of $3000. There are overall prizes too with the Champion tag and release team netting themselves a cool $20,000 and the runners up connecting to $5000.

Division Two is an inshore division where teams and anglers will target species such as queenfish or trevally, mackerel, tuna, cobia, mangrove jack, barramundi, grunter or javelin fish, salmon, red emperor, coral trout, nannygai and fingermark. Prizes in Division Two include $100 per day for the biggest in each species and $500 for the heaviest overall fish of each species.

Teams entering Division 1 will automatically receive entry into Division 2, so if you’re keen on a real Hinchinbrook fishing experience, entering in Division 1 covers all bases.

This four-day event continues to grow every year, so much so that in 2008 there were 146 anglers competing for the $50,000 in cash and prizes across both Divisions. This year will be the 9th annual Fishing Classic, one of the most prestigious fishing tournaments in Australia.

The program of events will include a cocktail party followed by dinner on the first night and the presentation of trophies on the final night, while competitors enjoy a beautiful waterfront dinner at the spectacular Marina Restaurant.

If you would like to compete in this year’s tournament or if you would like further information please contact Sandy Murray on 0412 769 608. Accommodation can be organised on site or in nearby Cardwell, but the range and availability of accommodation within the Port Hinchinbrook precinct makes it an obvious choice for competitors.

Entry forms will be made available for download from www.porthinchinbrook.com.au/fishing_classic.htm closer to the event.

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