Raymond Terrace's annual river fishing competition back

REEL 'EM IN: Hallie Hughes, 3, Zac Hughes, 7, and Ned Hughes, 5, pictured in Raymond Terrace.  Photo: Ellie-Marie Watts

REEL 'EM IN: Hallie Hughes, 3, Zac Hughes, 7, and Ned Hughes, 5, pictured in Raymond Terrace. Photo: Ellie-Marie Watts

GET your rods ready, the Twin Rivers Fishing Classic is back for another year.

The fishing competition, hosted annually by the Junction Inn Fishing Club, will be held between March 24 and 26.

“We are once again expecting 150 to 200 participants,” fishing club president Peter Hughes said.

“We have some 40-odd lucky draw prizes to give away including $2000 cash. There is a strong focus on junior participation with a number of junior-only prizes including two waterproof action cameras.”

Last year the club donated $2000 of the proceeds to Marine Rescue Port Stephens and $500 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. This year the major donation will go to the helicopter service.

“We also use the proceeds to stock $1000 worth of fish fingerlings into local dams,” Hughes said.

Fishing in the classic is held between 7pm on the Friday and 3pm on the Sunday. All fish must be presented to the weigh station at the Junction Inn Hotel by 3pm to count. Only five of each species of fish – bream, dusky flathead, sand whiting, and luderick – can be caught. For mulloway, the bag limit is two. Competitors are only allowed to fish on the Williams and Hunter rivers.The fishing classic is open to nippers (11 and under), juniors (12 to 16 years) and adults. Anyone who registers goes into the draw to win $2000. Children cost $10 per entry and adults $25. Entry forms are available from H&D Mitre 10 Heatherbrae, Tacklepower Sandgate, The Junction Inn and BCF Heatherbrae.

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