Record numbers drop a line in bass classic

Crack "A" Tinnie took out the top prize at the Hayden Grebert Memorial Copmanhurst Bass Classic. Contributed

FISHING: More than 130 fishers took to the surface of the Clarence River for the recent Greef Clothing Hayden Grebert Memorial Copmanhurst Bass Classic.

It was a record breaking roll up that had organisers and brothers Troy and Ryan Cochrane ecstatic.

"This event just keeps growing each year and it is awesome to see,” Ryan said.

"I think people love the social aspect of the event, it is not too serious of a competition and we are all there to have a good time.

"A lot of blokes use this event as there chance to catch up with old friends one time a year which is a great thing to be able to do.”

More than 550 bass were caught by competitors across the weekend before being tagged and released back into the waters.

"It was a great haul and I think every fisherman got his share of some bass,” Cochrane said.

The team Crack "A” Tinnie finished on top of the competition with a total catch weight of 2.081kg from their five fish haul.

All The Gear And No Idea came in second with a total catch weight of 1.886kg while team Fassbasstads rounded out the podium with a handy weight of 1.885kg.

The biggest bass award went to Kyle Burns with a catch that measured 48cm.

It was not all about the fishing on the weekend though with plenty of people happy to whet the spirits at the Bass Classic camp dinner provided by Kyle's Rotisserie and Spit.

There was also a special moment for one fishing team with Tucabia-Copmanhurst cricketer and avid fisherman Matt Dougherty proposing to long-term girlfriend Amy Blanch out on the water.

Co-organiser Troy Cochrane said it was the biggest bass classic yet but boat limit would stay at 60 teams next year.

Cochrane also thanked all of the sponsors who helped get the classic going,