Fishing contest on track to be bigger than last year

RED MEAT might not be on the menu for Good Friday but that will suit scores of keen fishers as they flock to the Fraser Coast these holidays to take part in the Burrum Heads Easter Fishing Classic.

The event, which takes place annually, attracts thousands of visitors to the Fraser Coast including serious anglers as well as those looking for some casual fishing and family fun.

Brad Dyson, media and marketing co-ordinator for the Burrum Heads Easter Fishing Classic, said already the numbers for this year's event meant it was on track to be bigger than last year.

"Last year, we had more than 1500 anglers including adults and children," he said.

"Compared to this time last year we are ahead in terms of numbers, so our expectation is that we should have a lot more in attendance."

Despite bad weather on the Fraser Coast in previous years, Mr Dyson said a near-miss from Cyclone Ita was good news for this year's event.

"Last year with the tornado and bad storm season we had, the weather this year is looking fantastic," he said.

The Burrum Heads Easter Fishing Classic starts on Good Friday and runs across the long weekend with the Super Draw finale taking place on Sunday.

While there is more than $40,000 in prizes up for grabs, much of the attention from those attending will be on the senior main prize which is a SeaJay boat with a 30hp Yamaha outboard motor. Juniors have the chance to win two kayaks as main prize.

Another big drawcard at this year's event, Mr Dyson said, was the Sunday morning kids' fishing clinic.

"It provides children with the chance to learn fishing skills and about the environment," he said.

"We are expecting more than 250 kids at this event, which will give plenty of parents a chance to escape and get a coffee." 

Entries for the Burrum Heads Easter Fishing Classic can be submitted and paid for at Burrum Traders, Burrum Heads or people can enter at the event on Good Friday from 7am to 4pm, or on Easter Saturday 7am to noon.

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