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The 2023 VMR Bundaberg Family Fishing Classic major lucky draw boat and trailer package.

2023 VMR Bundaberg Family Fishing Classic

The Volunteer Marine Rescue Bundaberg Family Fishing Classic is back. The sixteenth FFC will be held from June 23-25, 2023.

The prize pool for lucky draws includes a Quintrex 420 Busta boat and trailer package, cash and other great prizes.

The total prize pool for the event lucky draws and fishing category prizes usually exceeds $70,000.

The FFC runs from Burnett Heads over three days, with an open offshore category as well as senior and junior estuary categories.

The estuary fishing allows for catch and release and dead weigh-ins.

The program, registration form and rules are available on vmrbundabergfishingclassic.com.au from April 5.

Registrations are $50 for adults and $10 for juniors under 16 years.

A strong list of category prizes is on offer and there is an attractive early bird prize for entries before May 31.

Burnett Heads is a great central venue for the excellent beach and estuarine fishing with Baffle Creek and the Kolan, Burnett and Elliott rivers all fishing well.

The three-lane ramp at the Burnett Heads boat harbour is a good facility for those who want to chase pelagic and reef fish at the many reefs and gutters in northern Hervey Bay.

Volunteer Marine Rescue spokesperson Graham Kingston noted that a friendly though serious competition has occurred in recent years between some of the offshore specialists.

The rules cater for junior and senior entries in live release and dead fish categories – the live fish category included around 30 percent of the total estuary weigh-in for recent events.

Graham said: “We have an excellent live fish viewing tank that is very popular with the kids and fish are tagged and returned to the harbour.”

The very popular lucky draw sessions will include Friday evening this year, with lucky draws on Friday and Saturday and the boat on Sunday.

Times are shown on the program, which is available at vmrbundabergfishingclassic.com.au

The junior lucky draw prize is a kayak.

This is an exciting family event with many prizes for both junior and senior participants.

You only have to register to participate in the lucky draws – the fishing provides the extra fun.

This great event is only possible with the fantastic support from VMR’s sponsors.

Boats Galore and Suzuki Marine have combined to support the boating package, while long-term sponsor Tackle World Bundaberg has continued its support with quality fishing tackle prizes for both seniors and juniors.

Many other local sponsors allow VMRFFC to keep the prizes rolling.

The excellent media coverage provided by the Channel 7 and local broadcasters ensures extensive promotion of the event.

More than 2000 people line up for the lucky draw prizes at the VMR Bundaberg Family Fishing Classic.

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