Anglers' memories of chasing Tim
THERE are few men who live on the Clarence River who know as much about fishing and have as many stories as Maclean's Allan Ford.
One of the amazing stories is the time he and the eight-strong "Ford fishing crew” had the honour to help the 1958 Tim The Bream crew catch and then tag the fish for the fishing competition.
Alan remembers it like it was yesterday.
"Jack Davey was there helping us and all the boys were having a great time catching everything,” Mr Ford said.
"I remember thousands of people in Yamba at the time. It was so packed, you couldn't move.”
With poor weather and a cyclone swell, everyone still tried their luck to catch Tim The Bream.
"Me and my crew and including my dad, didn't catch anything but we had fun trying,” Mr Ford said.
"I have a photograph to show for it. It is a prize catch of a memory of us with Jack Davey and that is a keeper as far as I am concerned.”
And although he is pushing his early 70's, longtime North Coast angler Lindsay Doust still remembers the time he took out the junior fishing division of the Tim The Bream Fishing Classic in 1958.
"My family and I loved coming to Yamba for holidays where we used to camp up the top at Flinders Park,” he said.
"The year I won the junior title in 1958 there were cyclonic winds.
"My dad was really worried about us so he tied us to rocks so we wouldn't get washed away, as I think a few people died that year.”
Not one for straying to far away from the outdoor life, Mr Doust, who owns the outdoor centre in Lismore, was one of this year's helpers at the Evans Head Fishing Classic.
"I like to get in and help where I can and if they need me in Yamba I am happy to give a hand on the day,” Mr Doust said.
One of the Tim The Bream Fishing Classic directors Gayle Doe is keen to hear from anyone who is interested in having a stall out their markets at Ford Park during the two-day event.
"From 8am to 1pm on both days at Ford Park there will be kids' activities, surf club display, toddler fishing pool, live weigh-ins all day and a first aid tent along with sponsors displays,” she said.
If you would like to book a spot people can contact Gayle on 0417 002 682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.