Fishing contest this weekend

FISHING enthusiasts will head to the Ninety Mile Beach this weekend to cast a line for the annual Australia Day Weekend Fishing Competition at Golden Beach.

The competition begins at midnight Thursday night and the final weigh-in will take place on Sunday at 11am.

There are adult and junior sections and fishers of all abilities are encouraged to have a go.

Committee chairman Brendan King said one of the best parts of the competition was raising money for local groups.

“One hundred per cent of the proceeds go to the Golden Beach Fire Brigade and the Veronica Maybury Memorial Reserve,” he said.

Mr King said fish could be caught anywhere along the Ninety Mile Beach by casting a line from the beach, paddling out bait or fishing from a tinny.

He said the heaviest fish caught in the competition over the past three years was a bronze whaler caught last year weighing about 65kg.

With warm weather conditions forecast for the weekend, Mr King said “it should be a good weekend”.

“Everything is going ahead as planned,” he said. Participants must have a current fishing license from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and only legally sized fish would be weighed.

The major prize will be a Blueline dinghy, and there will be a sausage sizzle available on Sunday.

Entry is $15 for adults and $10 for juniors and tickets are available at the weight station in the Golden Beach Foodarama carpark.

Major prizes will be awarded for each category, as well as prizes for salmon, flathead, gummy and any other variety. Participants are advised to take all necessary fishing equipment.

For more information about fishing rules and regulations, visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/fishing-and-hunting/recreational-fishing/fishing-licence