Young anglers out in force
THE three-day Yamba Lions Fishing Festival came to an end yesterday after another successful weekend of angling.
Sunday attracted the biggest crowd with around 300 people on hand to watch the final weigh-ins at the Yamba Bowling Club.
A boat expo was staged in conjunction with the festival.
There was also a fish auction, where people could donate their catches with the proceeds going to the Lions Club.
A highlight for organiser Gary McCabe was the turnout of younger anglers.
"It was great looking around and seeing young kids giving it a go and being a part of the festival," he said.
"The three-day event also provided a time where families could spend time together baiting a hook or casting a rod."
Competition results and prizes were handed out yesterday afternoon after the final weigh-ins at 3pm.
Categories of the competition were under-16 boys and girls divisions, open ladies, a general open section and also the heaviest of species event.
The girls outshone the boys in the weight category with the female winner, H Terry, landing a 12.78kg catch, compared to a 7.8kg catch made by male winner B Lynn.
In the ladies section five prizes were awarded, the overall winner was D Keys with a 600g catch, while in the open section the winner was R Bramble with a 1.5kg catch. For the heaviest of species division a massive Jewfish which weighed over 17kg won its category. The other winners were B Lynn with a 7.5kg snapper, J Smith with a 5.7kg flathead, and J Leja with a 1.2kg tailor.