TIGHT LINES: Large numbers of people attended the North Coast Fishing Bonanza.
TIGHT LINES: Large numbers of people attended the North Coast Fishing Bonanza.

Fishos hooked on tournament

SOME "cracking fish" were caught by close to 300 entrants participating in the four-day North Coast Fishing Bonanza that finished on Sunday.

The event was a success despite losing a day and a half to strong wind organiser Michael Starkey said.

"Some cracking fish were caught" and definitely the "biggest flathead and snapper" in the five years the annual event has been running.

Both of the big fish were just under the magic meter mark with the flathead measuring 99.5 centimetres and the snapper coming in at 99.2 centimetres.

Adult competitor numbers were just down on last year but this was made up for by an increase in the younger "cadet" entrants he said.

At least 2500 fish were caught across the event and the far majority of these were released after being photographed.

"We strongly encourage release," Mr Starkey said.

Lennox Head man Peter Watts went home a happier fisherman after collecting the major prize of a boat package valued at $28,000.

The majority of the fleet based themselves in Ballina for the event but boats went out from Evans Head and Brunswick Head as well.

Greg Barnes also had a good tournament pulling in the longest fish overall - a 1320 centimetres cobia.


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