AUSTRALIAN Fishing Tournaments has taken over management of the Evans Head Fishing Classic, adding competitions, champion categories and a new process of weigh in called “catch ‘n snap”.
The tournament runs July 7 to July 14, 2017 on the banks outside the Woodburn Evans Head RSL.
Weigh ins are now based on fish-friendly photographs. Anglers will photograph their competitive catch on brag mats, then have the option to keep the fish or release back into waters as desired, keeping those larger breeding fish in population, all while anglers compete for the big fish prize.
AFT has introduced a slew of random prizes, a whole new schedule and its new competition guidelines will improve this beloved annual week of serious fishing and serious socialising. These days, there’s a lot of movement towards more sustainable practices and being fish friendly — all while allowing anglers to take home a feed.
AFT has also broadened competition fishing zones. Launch this year from Byron to Yamba and fish both estuary and offshore. This lends flexibility for bad weather conditions and opens more fishing opportunities for anglers. It also takes the pressure off the local stock of fish.
While adults will dominate the weekdays, the weekend invites the little ones in for the new Cadet Competition on Saturday and Sunday, a junior two-day competition with prize pools open to all buddling anglers under the age of 16.
AFT has also introduced new overall champion categories; winners will be announced for the overall champion male, overall champion women and overall fishing team.
Champions, competitors and all attendees will all be in the running for a total prize pool of over $80,000 up for grabs again.
All seven-day competitors have the chance to win a boat motor trailer package sponsored by Evinrude ETEC, Lowrance sounders, Hobie Kayak and a host of other respected brands.
The Evans Head Classic will be held on the river banks outside the Woodburn Evans Head RSL Club.
This year, adults compete in a variety of fish categories from snapper, pearl perch, mulloway, tailor, king/cobia, amberjack/samson fish, whiting, bream, blackfish and flathead. For cadets, there are the usual estuary suspects, flathead, whiting and bream.