Fishing Classic is one of the best events on the peninsula.
There is some great fishing, some great big fish, some great
prizes ... and guess what - you
don't have to fish to win the biggest prizes!
Yes - that's correct - this
event is not only made for fishers but everyone, which is
the reason why it is so popular.
Port Douglas, Cairns - here is something to think about:
of making it interesting for fishies alone - why not make a fishing event highly
popular with everyone in town, and make money in the process :-)
fishing is a great way to spend the day time during this event and
definitely pays off with prizes of thousands of dollars, the major prizes can be won by
anyone who has paid for the nomination to be in
the draw (fishers have
to pay the nomination fee so they are of course also in
all the prize draws).
Things to Win
And the prizes are not
small - in 2015 the major prizes were a velocity boat and
a Can-am quad bike - keeping the crowd keen and attending
The 2,200 tickets were
sold out in the days before the event started, and
competitors were drawn each night into the final lucky group of 30.
All prizes worth more than $100,000 in total, there were also fishing prizes, many
and random draws.
The 30 people who ended
up in the final draw were all given good prizes one by
one, while closing in on the last people left in it, who won the main
The third prize
was an 18 carat gold pendant with an Argyle diamond.
The second prize
was a Can-am commander 800 DPS that came with BRP accessories and a
And the first prize
was a 5.2 metre
Sea Jay Velocity Boat that came with a 115hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard,
GPS, VHF marine radio, safety gear and a trailer.
The lucky winner
was Darren Carroll from Toowoomba - good on him :-)
Things to Buy
There were T-shirts, caps, hats, stubby coolers and many other souvenirs to buy,
... and there were exhibitors
and stall holders
including ARB 4x4 Accessories, Cairns Honda, Trinity Kawasaki, Pacific
Toyota, Weipa Auto and Irelands of Cairns only to name a few.
and food outlets
- seafood baskets and souvliaki, gourmet sandwiches and roast beef
rolls, sausage sizzle, Asian food, fish and chips and more.
- Weipa Fishing Classic mascots, jumping castle, fish throwing
competition, shooting gallery and bubbles, stilts and balloons, glow
sticks and show bags.
On-screen fishing simulator, tug
... and cast net and lure casting competitions,
... special guests, and live music
entertainment on the stage.
And then of course - the
Despite the seas having been a little rough, particularly on the last
day, some great fish
were brought in,
... and the winners
announced on both Saturday and Sunday.
There are Open, Women's and Juniors' categories, and the
fish had to be caught on a hand line or rod and reel in the
waters around Port Musgrave and Albatross Bay, starting at midnight
The eleven species
eligible for Open category were
barramundi, jew fish, coral trout, trevally, mackerel, queenfish,
grunter, tusker, fingermark, king fish and reef fish (nannygai and red
The six species eligible
for Juniors were barramundi, grunter, queenfish, bream, blue salmon and
There are obviously also minimum
sizes for all fish species (on the photos is random fish,
some but not all are the winners).
Lots of fun - a
great event we will be returning to :-)
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