The kids day is a highlight at the Evans Head Fishing Classic and this year was no different. The kids streamed into the event from 8am eager to collect their free Atomic t-shirt and keen to participate in the 11am Shimano clinic.
The clinic ran for 2 hours and taught kids fishing techniques in a fun and exciting way with games and prizes for everyone. Kids competed in knots and rig tying, winding timber fish in and some general trivia. After the clinic they put their skills to good use with over to 100 juniors amassing on the sandbank catching flathead, bream and whiting.
Later in the evening it was good to see the spirit of the competition as the kids shared in each other’s catches of some staple estuary fish. Some walked away with prizes but all were winners with almost every junior getting their hands on some gear to help them fish more often and catch more fish.
At the end of the day, there can be only one and in the Junior category four anglers stood tall. A 360mm bream saw Tyrone Weir conquer all. In the flathead category a solid 740mm specimen had Bailey Freeburn sitting a top the podium. Dustin Outerbridge was the king of the whiting while Hamish Pearce took out most meritorious.
In the Cadets, among a hotly contested field, Mackenzie Souter, bream, Lorena Swanson, flathead, Cameron Harlen-Robertson, whiting and Jai Eccles, most meritorious, filled the top places on the leaderboard.
Among the categories, the juniors beat cadets in quite a few species to show just how competitive the kids scene is. Congratulations to all competitors. It’s all about the fun and we had plenty of it.