THIS May will see the 2019 OzFish Unlimited Wynnum Fishing Classic come to Moreton Bay.
It is the only competition of its kind for Moreton Bay, with all proceeds from the event being directly invested back into the region to support habitat restoration and in turn, raise fish populations in the bay. OzFish Unlimited Moreton Bay Chapter president Robbie Porter said, “Current shellfish reef numbers in Moreton Bay are down to an alarming 2 percent of historical levels and our group wants to help fix that and improve our fishery.”
In keeping with the sustainable fishing theme and the raising of fish stocks, the competition will be ‘catch and release’, with the winners being judged by photograph. Prizes will be awarded to both junior and senior competitors for longest bream, whiting, flathead, snapper, mulloway and threadfin salmon as well as a combined length champion prize. Australian-owned outdoor supply company BCF is the official major partner for OzFish Unlimited nationally and is proud to be sponsoring an event that not only provides the Labour Day long weekend out on the water but will go a long way to support the future of recreational fishing in the bay.
“We are just a bunch of fishers who love the bay and love fishing,” Mr Porter said. “We are keen to do what we can to improve our backyard and ensure its enjoyment for generations to come.”
The Wynnum Fishing Classic will be held over the Labour Day weekend from 4pm Friday, May 3 through to 2pm Monday, May 6. Entrants will have the chance to win an array of exciting prizes, including two boat packages donated to the event by co-sponsor Bluefin Boats. The senior prize is a Bluefin 4.2m Rogue on a registered trailer and the junior prize is a Bluefin 3m Catfish. Both boats are powered by Parsun engines.
Festival and photo entry submission begins at 11am Monday, May 6 at George Clayton Park, Manly Foreshore, with food, drinks and festivities running until 5pm. This year the Wynnum Seafood Festival will be hosted at the weigh-in. You can have a great meal by the bay and a beer if you like while you pick up your prizes.
There will be rides, games, live music, raffles and so much more. All proceeds go to restoring shellfish reef levels in Moreton Bay. For Wynnum Fishing Classic tickets, rules and more information, please go to ozfishmoretonbay.org/wfc