Catch Easter fishing competition prizes
HOOK a great catch this Easter long weekend and you could win a boat and trailer valued at more than $14,000.
The family-friendly Burrum Heads Easter Fishing Classic is here once again, with prizes worth more than $40,000.
Burrum Heads Amateur Fishing Club president Brad Dyson said they had catered for a 15-20 per cent increase on entries and crowd numbers this year.
Mr Dyson said the opening of the new two-lane boat ramp and parking area last year triggered a spike in contestants.
"It's a community, grassroots event put on for the community, by the community," he said.
He said the secret to its success was the relaxed environment and affordability which made it an ideal event for families with children.
"Along with an outdoor movie night and plenty of prizes for youngsters, the clinics for kids on Saturday and Sunday provide information and activities to develop sustainable fishing practices, highlight the importance of recycling and raise awareness of environmental impacts on river systems," Mr Dyson said.
For those participating in the Poona Family Fishing Competition, the contest opens at midnight on Good Friday.
Poona Family Fishing Competition director Les Lewis said there will be market stalls at the community hall along with a car and motorcycle show at the oval on Saturday morning.
He said the ever-popular mullet-throwing competition and Easter egg hunt both began at 4pm on Saturday and live music would entertain the crowds on both Saturday and Sunday nights.
The event usually attracted entries from about 250 seniors and 150 juniors vying for prizes ranging from vouchers to kayaks.
Anglers finish the competition at 4pm on Sunday with the weigh-ins, draws, prize presentations and entertainment.
For more information, visit burrumheadsfishing .com.au and poonacommunity.com.au.
WHEN: 7am Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 1
WHERE: Lions Park, Burrum Heads
WHEN: Midnight Friday, March 30 to 4pm Sunday, April 1
WHERE: Registration at Poona Community Hall, 9 Snapper Dr, Poona
FISHING BOUNDARIES: Great Sandy Strait from Kauri Creek in the south, to River Heads across to Ungowa in the north, including the Mary River.