THE inaugural Echuca United Fishing Classic is five weeks away and already has anglers hooked.
With huge prizes up for grabs, including an Angle Pro 394 fishing boat and trailer worth around $12,500, head of the organising committee Tim Denahy is expecting a good turnout for the weekend of March 16, 17 and 18.
‘‘The boat is our major prize, and that’s actually a registration prize, so everyone who registers is in with a chance of winning that boat, and the winner will be drawn on Sunday.
‘‘We’re expecting about 300 entries for the competition, and the early bird (registrations) finishes tomorrow. There’s an early bird registration prize as well, which is a 60L fridge freezer,’’ Denahy said.
The event will be strictly catch and release, meaning when anglers catch a legal-sized fish, they will measure, photograph, and release the fish back into the water, before sending a text to the judges with the measured size.
First prize is yet to be announced by the organisers, but ‘‘something will be decided’’ before the Classic casts off.
‘‘We’ve decided it won’t be the biggest fish that wins. Any fish that is measured to be between 55 and 75cm will be put in the draw for first prize, and that’ll be drawn on the Sunday lunchtime,’’ Denahy said.
Boundaries for the Classic are 5km either side of the Morning Glory Resort boat ramp in Moama. Competition times for the Classic will be 7am to 5pm on Saturday; and 7-11am on Sunday.
Denahy said the Classic wouldn’t be possible without major sponsors Moama Bowling Club, Boats and More, Edge FM, the Riv, and Great Northern.