Get ready for the Fishing Classic

Andrew Buchbach won the big fish category by catching a 31.46kg Spanish mackerel off the beach

Andrew Buchbach won the big fish category by catching a 31.46kg Spanish mackerel off the beach

If you want a real outdoor family experience that combines recreational fishing with other fun activities, be in  Rainbow Beach for the school holidays.

Now in its 29th year, the event has support from major sponsors including the Gympie Shire Council, and the community. The event is growing in popularity every year, attracting upward of 650 + competitors and looks to be even bigger this year.

The competition is run over an eight day period, running from July  3 to 11, encompassing a full weekend. Daily weigh-ins, presentations, entertainment and activities are held on the grounds of the Rainbow Beach Sports Club.

Fishing is permitted from South of Eurong on Fraser Island and north of the Noosa River. This area encompasses miles of beaches, offshore reefs and the Great Sandy Straits. This vast area ensures fishing activities do not exhaust any one given area.

The tournament has four major categories: offshore, inshore and beach fishing and big fish, from professional and commercial anglers to families with kids of all ages.

These classes cater for people of all levels of fishing experience and all major prizes are given based on participation rather than competitive spirit.

If you want an excuse to holiday and enjoy your favourite family recreational activity, with a holiday program of live entertainment, sporting activities, a carnival atmosphere and things to do regardless of weather conditions, then come and join us for:


  • Daily weigh-ins commencing from 4pm
  • Twilight Fishing & Outdoor Expo – July 4 and 5,  3pm – 6pm


  • Kids Day – Face painting, jumping castles and the new addition of the Young Guns Fishing Adventures team on Sunday, July 4
  • Ladies Day & Veterans Day with loads of random prizes and activities including fashion parades and wine and cheese tastings

To find out more or  register:

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