Sign up for fishy family fun at annual comp
THE beauty of taking part in the annual VMR Hervey Bay Family Fishing Competition is that you don't have to catch a fish to take home a prize, says volunteer and organiser George Duck.
Mr Duck said attending the Hervey Bay Boat Club Fishing and Social Club event had been a tradition for thousands of locals and visitors in the past 25 years, and he believes it's the structure of the competition that keeps bringing them back each year.
He said about 700 entrants were expected to head down to Dayman Park for this year's competition, which started yesterday and finishes on Sunday, March 12.
"Many entrants do not fish at all and simply go along to enjoy the atmosphere at the presentations, partake in the food and refreshments and perhaps win some of the hundreds of prizes and cash up for grabs," Mr Duck said.
"Some of the competitors have not missed a comp during the 25 years of running."
Mr Duck said the fun started yesterday with the official opening, which was followed by lucky draws and spinning wheel raffles.
One lucky senior also went home with a $1000 cheque safely tucked in his wallet after winning the nightly senior cash draw.
Over the course of the event entrants can share in over $30,000 of cash and prizes in the spinning wheel raffles and lucky draws and those who do cast a line can vie for $10,000 worth of fishing prizes.
Every senior entrant will be eligible to win a prize in the senior draw each night, including the Super Draw of an $8000 boat or $5000 cash, plus $1000 cash to win each day.
All junior entrants will be in the junior draws each night, plus the chance of winning an iPad in the junior super draw.
There is a licensed bar and plenty of hot food at the Sunrise Rotary caravan. Entry forms are available at tackle shops in Hervey Bay, at the Chronicle and Observer office, Hervey Bay Boat Club, Sporties Club and Pialba Bowls Club. Phone 0407 663 578 or visit www.fishingcomphervey bay.org.au.
HOW TO ENTER
- When: Started on Thursday, March 9. Friday, March 10, gates open from 5pm to 8pm; Saturday, March 11, 5pm to 8pm; Sunday, March 12, 11am to 3pm.
- Where: Dayman Park, Urangan.
- Entry: Seniors $40, juniors $10. Entries can be submitted until 6pm on Saturday, and multiple entries are welcome. Place your entry form and fee in the box at the Hervey Bay Boat Club reception or drop it off to the site office at Dayman Park, from 9am to 6pm, today, Friday and Saturday.
WEIGH-IN TIMES AND SPECIES
You can start fishing immediately after the official opening for a chance at the $10,000 of cash and prizes to win in both the live and dead fish categories.
Eligible species in the live section are flathead (live only), bream and whiting, and species eligible for the dead weigh-in are whiting, blackall, bream, golden trevally and coral bream.
Also for the seniors there is an 'any other species category', excluding flathead, cod, Spanish mackerel, shark and ray. Daily prizes will be a rod and reel combo for the heaviest fish of each species and the any other species category, plus runner up prizes and 90 litre ice boxes for the overall winners plus runner up prizes.
Everyone that weighs in a live fish will go into a draw for a water snake electric motor and there will be $1000 for the best fish over 5kg in the any other species category, plus daily prizes.
Weigh-in times are Friday and Saturday 8.30am to 6pm and Sunday 8.30am to 12 noon.
Draws and presentation times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 6pm to about 8pm and Sunday noon to about 3pm. There will be heaps of Fraser Island ice Boxes, cash and fishing tackle to win in the continuous spinning wheel draws.