The Eden Amateur Fishing Club has wrapped up its 40th consecutive fishing competition celebrating another successful event.
Publicity officer Eddy Evans said he was overwhelmed with the response to the week-long event which attracted over 850 entrants and concluded with the major prize draw on On Saturday, March 10.
Eden resident Mark Farmer won the Art Union grand prize, a McLay boat valued at $37,500, and was reportedly in a state of disbelief on receiving the news.
The prize also included a $500 insurance policy donated by Club Marine Insurance.
“He kept saying ‘it was unbelievable’ that he won,” Mr Evans said. “He was very happy!
“It was a marvelous event, with some good weather conditions and some excellent catches.
“Our entrant numbers were up on last year as well.”
Eden’s annual event is the biggest of its type on the South Coast, attracting hundreds of people to the region who patronise local businesses.
“Over $1million is injected into the local economy and surrounding areas during the competition week,” Mr Evans said.
“The competition brings money into the town that goes back into the community that supports us.”
Mr Evans also stressed the importance of local businesses and local volunteers who are crucial to the event’s success.
“This event would not go ahead without our local sponsors or the help of volunteers,” he said.
On Saturday, club volunteers worked together to provide food and drink to over 400 people.
“It was a huge effort, and everybody helped out. I want to thank all the volunteers for their help with the catering,” Mr Evans said.
Competition results – largest fish.
Open Section largest fish: Thomas Anderson, 161kg Marlin
Ladies Section largest fish: Robin Phillips, 4.776kg Gummy Shark
Boys Section largest fish: Jamie Bray, 2.468kg Morwong
Boys Section largest fish: Louis Brownlie, 58.5cm Dusty Flathead
Girls Section largest fish: Natasha Clarke, Salmon 2.168kg
Girls section: Porsha Reko, 49.5cm Dusty Flathead
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