July 6 to July 13, 2018 on the banks outside the Woodburn Evans Head RSL

On the back of the successful 2017 Evans Heads Fishing Classic, Australian Fishing Tournaments (AFT) is returning and will once again be managing this world class fishing competition and making a significant contribution to the local economy in the process.

The Evans Head Fishing Classic is synonymous with family fun and now well into its twenties it has continued to add new and exciting ways to get everyone involved. Last year the organising committee made changes to the event with the addition of the Catch ‘n Snap entry system. It allowed anglers to enter phots instead of whole fish. Anglers photographed their competitive catch on brag mats, then have the option to keep the fish or release back into waters as desired. The photo is entered based on length only. It was a huge hit and will continue in 2018.

The 2018 Evans Head Fishing Classic will run from July 6 to July 13 inclusive. There is over $100,000 of prizes including 2 boats for the main draws as well hundreds of random prizes.

The broadened competition fishing zones continue opening up more space and places for anglers to fish from: launch from Byron to Yamba and fish both estuary and offshore. For AFT and entrants, this delivers a contingency for bad weather conditions and opens more fishing opportunities. It also takes pressure off the local fish stocks.

Over the weekend, come down with the little ones in for the Cadet Competition on Saturday and Sunday, a junior two-day competition with prize pools open to all buddling anglers under the age of 16.

Champions, competitors and all attendees will be in the running for a total prize pool of over $100,000. All 7-day competitors have the chance to win one of two boat motor trailer packages sponsored by Quintrex/Evinrude ETEC. There is also a host of other prizes from, Lowrance sounders, Samurai Rods, Wilsons, Hobie Kayaks, Frogleys Offshore and others. The pool is going to be better than ever.

The Evans Head Classic will be held on the river banks outside the Woodburn Evans Head RSL Club who are also strong supports of the event.

Fish categories include snapper, pearl perch, mulloway, tailor, king/cobia, amberjack/samson fish, whiting, bream, blackfish and flathead. For cadets, there are the usual estuary suspects, flathead, whiting and bream and back into the mix this year sees Trag return.

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