A crowd of more than 500 turned out for the Eden Amateur Fishing Club's annual fishing competition week long event which concluded on Saturday, March 9.
Now in it's 41st year the competition usually draws a large crowd from all over Australia. According to Eden Amateur Fishing Club's publicity officer Eddy Evans this year was no exception.
"I really didn't expect the numbers we got. I was stoked. We had people coming from most states, many who return year after year," he said.
"During the week-long event there were three nights where entrants could attend the club's activities with over $50,000 in raffles and prizes up for grabs. This is one of the largest fishing events on the South Coast," Mr Evans said.
For the first time the full event was held at the fishing club headquarters at Quarantine Bay and it went off without a hitch. One notable change Mr Evans said was women didn't need to enter the open event to be able to be included in the draw for the boat valued at $29,995 which was drawn at 2.30pm Sunday.
David McDonald from Wollongong was the lucky winner of the much sought after boat.
"I am pretty sure he went away a very happy chappy," Mr Evans laughed.
“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.
According to Mr Evans after such a successful week the club is already looking forward to next year's event.
"Next year we plan to commence on the first Saturday in March. The committee will commence proceedings to get that one up and going within the next few months to make next year even bigger and better for our competitors."