Organisers are expected booming numbers for this weekend's Deniliquin Fishing Classic on the Edward River.By Cass Savellis
This weekend’s Fishing Classic is shaping up to be one of the best ever, with predictions that 1800 anglers will take to the Edward River.
It is the 16th annual classic hosted by the Deniliquin RSL Fishing Club.
With early registrations already exceeding 1100 people, numbers will certainly overtake last year’s total.
Deniliquin RSL Fishing Club member Andrew Jefferies says many more registrations will be received today and tomorrow.
‘‘By looking at the early bird registrations, there could be up to 1800 anglers attending. People have registered from Gimpie (QLD), Kingston (SA) and Warnambool, and I think the fact people could purchase their tickets online has helped a lot.’’
Mr Jefferies said the organisers were well prepared for big numbers, with catering and bar facilities ready for an influx of attendees. Fishing zones may also be extended even further, he said.
The river is expected to be at a steady level over the weekend, at a height averaging about 2.2m.
Deniliquin RSL Fishing Club member Ian Fisher said it would make for ideal fishing conditions.
‘‘With a fair bit of water about and a fair few fish being caught lately, it should be a good weekend.’’
The weekend is not just about fishing however, with the Prize-A-Rama draw at the Deniliquin RSL Club tonight and the family fun night at Edward River Oval tomorrow night.
A free courtesy bus service is available, starting at 5pm on Friday and Saturday from all accommodation places, as well as Four Post, North Caltex, Edward School and the Lawson Syphon and Twin Rivers boat ramps. Just wave the bus down if you see it.
For the safety of all participants, NSW Maritime Services will be out in force and targeting life jacket compliance, and security will be at ERO for the entire weekend.
Visit www.denifishingclassic.com.au. for event times.
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