north coast fishing bonanza

2017 North Coast Fishing Bonanza set to sizzle this week

THE 2017 North Coast Fishing Bonanza presented by Gamakatsu and Evinrude is on again at Ballina, northern NSW from September 28 to October 2.

This is prime time for school holidays and over the long weekend so you don’t have to take much time off to fish! If you’re looking for something to get the kids involved in, look no further. The format involves four days of fishing, starting Thursday night and finishing Monday. Last year the Fishing Bonanza was a hit, with over 350 competitors chasing a wide variety of inshore and offshore species from boat and land and taking home a share in a massive $80,000 in giveaways and prizes.

This year adults compete in a variety of fish categories from snapper to pearl perch, mulloway, tailor, king/cobia, amberjack/samson fish, whiting, bream/tarwhine, blackfish, mangrove jack, flathead and bass plus the all-new trag category. For cadets, there is a range of offshore and inshore species to target including snapper, mulloway, bream and flathead. Juniors can fish for the usual estuary suspects of flathead, bream, whiting and bass.

There are a host of prizes on offer at the Fishing Bonanza, with a total prize pool over $80,000 up for grabs. All adult competitors have the chance to win a Quintrex boat, motor and trailer package sponsored by Evinrude E-TEC, plus Lowrance sounders and other prizes including Hobie Kayaks. Cadets have a Hobie Kayak up for grabs as well as electrical products, bicycles and fishing gear. At the show site on the banks of the Richmond River, daily talks will attract plenty of interest, with some enthusiastic youngsters sure to be involved in the soft plastics demonstrations and kids’ fishing demonstrations.

This year there will be a host of winners receiving sponsors’ product from Frogley’s Offshore, Wilson Fishing, Samurai rods, Atomic, Shimano estuary packs and eskies courtesy of the Ice Box Bloke, just to name a few.

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