2017 Dave Irvine Memorial Snapper Competition


THE Dave Irvine Memorial Snapper Classic (DIMSC) is a catch and release angling event that draws anglers from around Australia to the NSW coastal town of Coffs Harbour.

The event was original created by several of Dave Irvine’s close friends, to pay tribute to his larger than life character and is in recognition of his life’s passion of catch and release angling. The event has been held annually since Dave passed away suddenly in 2007.

Dave in his own right was a pioneer in the catch and release fishing movement. He was an advocate for catch and release angling and helped develop many of the current practices that are used today. His most prominent contribution to catch and release angling was the development of the Enviro-net, which is now a necessity for participants in many tournaments around Australia and other parts of the world.

Following Dave’s legacy and passion for developing catch and release angling methods, the DIMSC was established as one the first offshore lure-only catch and release angling events in Australia that targets snapper with a unique point scoring system.

The competition requires the anglers to take a photograph of their catch on a brag mat, before safely releasing the fish into the water. More recently the DIMSC committee has developed the kayak catch and release angling section of the event, that involves teams fishing from kayaks.

This year will be no different with DIMSC committee’s inclusion of the family fishing day on the Saturday. The family day has been established to encourage families to become involved and to help educate the younger generation on the safe handling practices that will ensure their catch swims away.

Just like every other year the DIMSC is an event that is great to get involved with, and the committee encourages anyone to attend no matter their experience level.

This year’s event will be held from Friday 4th until Sunday 6th of August 2017 at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.

For further information, please see the Facebook page.

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