THE annual ARB Moreton Island Fishing Classic just keeps going from strength to strength.
From its humble beginnings in 2012, the competition has gained popularity and pulled in some big sponsors, which means better competition, more money and bigger, better prizes. This year, ARB 4×4 Accessories has taken the reins and the prize pool contributed by ARB and other key sponsors such as REDARC, Cooper Tires, Peters, ERPS, Wilson Fishing and many more has reached more than $50,000.
Aside from the cash and prizes, Moreton Island really is the ultimate destination for a fishing competition. Think warm August conditions, easy beach-side camping and friendly weigh-ins and you’ve got the ARB Moreton Island Fishing Classic pegged.
It’s so easy going you might have trouble keeping your ‘non-fishing’ mates from tagging along for the trip!
And don’t forget the kids. This year Vuly Trampolines is giving away an awesome trampoline, with all junior entrants (five to 15 years of age) in the draw to win. Bring the kids over for your chance to win the ultimate family prize.
With the best-ever mulloway weighing in at 8.34kg, some records are just waiting to be broken, so hitting the beach an hour before sunrise and being prepared to stay well after dark will give you a great chance of catching a big one. And with great tides for the 2016 event, it is shaping up to be a record-breaking year.
Make sure you hang around at the launch event on the opening evening (August 25) not just for the free barbecue, live music and random prize draws, but also to get some tips from celebrity guests including Gary Howard of Creek to Coast fame.
The competition runs from Thursday, August 25 (fishing starts at midnight) through to the final weigh-in on Monday, August 29. Entrants are also eligible for special discounts on the MICAT 4WD ferry.
For more information and bookings, head to www.moretonislandfishingclassic.com.au and sign up for event updates and more. Miss it and you’ll be gutted!