One lucky fisher to get a boat in Toogoom competition

THIS year's Toogoom Fishing Club's annual competition will be held across the October 4-6 long weekend.

Organisers say the event is known as one of the state's best and biggest with about 500-600 entrants.

Toogoom Fishing Club media officer Roger Honeyman said the competition's success came from the emphasis on family participation.

"To promote the family fun aspect of the weekend, there will be a kids' colouring-in competition, a net-casting competition and a kids' fancy dress parade," Mr Honeyman said.

Fishing for juniors and adults begins at 3pm on Friday, October 4 and winds up at noon on Sunday, October 6.

He said those entering can fish waters between Inskip Point in the south and Theodolite Creek (near Woodgate) in the north, either from a boat or from the shore.

"The official weigh-in will take place at the Toogoom boat ramp right next to Goody's on the Beach, for both the live and dead weights sections," Mr Honeyman said.

"But the judging and prize presentation will be at the grounds of the Toogoom Community Centre and Toogoom Fishing Club."

He said the promotion of sustainable fishing aspect of the competition was worth highlighting, too.

"Toogoom Fishing Club maintains environmental sustainability and all live fish will be returned to the water after weighing and measuring," Mr Honeyman said.

"Also, entrants should take special note of the required fish sizes detailed in the official entry form information as some sizes may be greater than DPI regulations."

One lucky fisher will win a new boat, outboard motor, trailer and safety gear. Other prizes total many thousands in value and include fishing gear, rod and reel combos, ice-boxes and more.

There will be a number of raffles, with the monster raffle for a new box trailer filled with goodies valued at over $3000, to be drawn at the Community Centre / Fishing Club grounds on Sunday afternoon, October 6.

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Fish catch categories

  • Adult live and dead weight: yellowfin bream, mangrove jack, javelin fish, tied mud crabs
  • Adult live weight only: flathead (dusky)
  • Adult dead weight only: golden trevally, grass sweetlip
  • Junior live and dead weight: yellowfin bream, whiting, garfish, sole / flounder
  • There will also be a secret weight prize for a dusky flathead (live only)

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