Hundreds of anglers will head to Deniliquin this weekend for the Deniliquin Fishing Classic.By Zoe McMaugh
Deniliquin’s Edward River will be opened up to hundreds of keen anglers this weekend for the Deniliquin RSL Fishing Club’s XXXX Gold Fishing Classic.
With extended fishing zones, an impressive expanded prize pool and more social activities associated to the event, RSL Fishing Club president Andrew Hall says registrations are going strong.
With more than 800 people registered by mid-morning yesterday, Mr Hall says the club is looking forward to a bumper weekend.
So far, registrations are only about 200 short of the 1168 anglers attracted in 2012, which is in part because of the improved prize pool.
The committee will give away four major prizes.
A $7000 camper trailer is up for grabs for anyone who catches a native fish.
All adult entrants go in the running to win a $15,000 4.2m Quintrex Explorer Trophy with 30hp Yamaha motor & Dunbar trailer while there’s also a $4500 3.6m Quintrex Jon punt & 5hp Yamaha motor in the junior section.
And you don’t have to be an angler to win a prize, with an $8000 Quintrex 390 Explorer with a 15hp Yamaha motor and Dunbier trailer to be won at Saturday’s family night.
All entrants go in the draw for the door prize, but tickets are also available for $5.
They can be purchased at Saturday night’s event at Edward River Oval, with the prize drawn at 9pm.
You must be there to win, and with the activities on offer throughout the night you will want to stick around.
From about 5.30pm, there will be live music from Mick Gorham, Murray Catchment Management Authority displays, $10 meals, the Charlie Carp fish race, a free junior angling competition and much more.
The XXXX Gold team will also be at the family friendly event, giving locals a chance to win a XXXX Island holiday prize.
Don’t forget to also get along to the Deniliquin RSL Club this Friday night for the Prize-A-Rama raffle, which has a total of 30 prizes to give away with a total value of $8000.
Angling times for the classic are from 7am to 5pm on Saturday and 7am to 11am Sunday, with presentations then held Sunday afternoon.
An extra 20km of river access has been opened up for this year’s event. Competitors will now be able to fish from the Harfleur St boat ramp to 4km upstream of Camp Four Post.
To register for the event, go to www.deniliquinfishingclassic.com. You can also register in person up until Saturday night by going to Classic HQ on the Edward River Oval this weekend.
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