FISHING FOR A WIN: Pottsville Fishing Classic participants Garry O’Dwyer, Michael Judd, Grant Lavender, Deborah Goyen and Maxine O’Dyder getting in some early practice at Pottsville creek.
FISHING FOR A WIN: Pottsville Fishing Classic participants Garry O’Dwyer, Michael Judd, Grant Lavender, Deborah Goyen and Maxine O’Dyder getting in some early practice at Pottsville creek. SCOTT POWICK

Fishing for great prizes and to help charity

FISHING enthusiasts of all ages will gather at Pottsville Beach Sports Club for the Fishing Classic today.

Organiser Debra Goyen, from Tweed Coast South Lions Club, said despite very short notice, the event had attracted about 300 people to its debut last year.

“It was something of a success and the people of Pottsville wanted us to hold it again,” Ms Goyen said.

The Pottsville Fishing Classic last year replaced the Greenbank Fishing Classic in June, but both events will run this year.

Along with raising funds for a shade area in Pottsville’s Hardy Park, Ms Goyen said the event would support other groups.

“We’re raising money for the Volunteer Rescue Association, Rural Fire Brigade and Westpac (rescue) Helicopter,” she said. Ms Goyen hoped they would raise between $7000 and $10,000.

Along with the major prize of a boat, motor and trailer worth $7000, she said there were plenty of prizes on offer. “Everyone should walk away with a prize,” she said.

Registration opens at 9am today and the fishing classic ends at 9am tomorrow.

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for juniors (16 years and under).



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