The Biggest 8 Day Fishing Event on the East Coast

The biggest annual event in Rainbow Beach is here, the Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic began Friday the 28th June. This is the night when you can pick up your Competition Cards and Competitor bags and catch an update in the indoor venue from Fisheries and the Coast Guard regarding offshore conditions, bag limits and fish sizing.   Well worth the listen especially for those families who are new to the area or are not up to speed with the new regulations.    The Club puts on a great feed, will have FRIDAY Night Footy on the big screen and for the keen party goers, after the footy, the DJ Nightlife system will be playing all the latest and greatest tunes.

Saturday the 29th is the 1st official weigh-in starting at 4pm and going through to 6pm.  The day’s presentation begins directly after weigh-in and is presented in age order – Kids, Cadets and then Adults. On this night Mitsubishi Motor have their rewards night for those competitors who own a Mitsubishi vehicle. The night’s major sponsors are WAECO for the Adult prize division, CLUB MARINE for the Big Fish prize Category, 7th WAVE for the Cadets prizes and Rainbow Beach Food Works for the kid’s trophies.

Mitsubishi Motors gives away 2 x Branded WAECO Esky’s per night and each night a selected local charity run raffles, heaps of FRESH local seafood and meat trays to be won. Nightly, 2 x kids/cadets & 3 x Adults are drawn for the huge Grand Finale PRIZE draw downs.  You have to be in the venue when your name is called to be a winner and eligible. Every afternoon weigh-in begins at 4pm and is completed at 6pm (sharp!), Saturday the 6th July is the only exception with weigh-in starting at 3pm and completing at 5pm (sharp!) due to the huge amount of prizes that are awarded on the last night.  It’s during weigh-in that you get to see what’s been caught that day and it’s usually the big fish that draw the crowd.  The outdoor venue has a BIG SCREEN and weigh-in footage is displayed live so everyone can see the fish being weighed-in.

After a huge day of fishing there is no need to worry about dinner, the outdoor event venue can cater for any hunger pain.  Need an ice cold beer, hot chocolate, Latte or soft drink? “DONE!”  Need fresh hot Donuts, Dagwood dog, Steak sandwich, Chips, Pizza, Curry Chicken or a tasty blackboard special? “DONE!”… And all at very reasonable family prices.  

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Sunday the 30th is KIDS DAY.  Weigh-in begins at 4pm – 6pm during which there is a FREE jumping castle for the kids, Fisheries & Phippsy are doing a FREE fishing clinic for the kids at 3:15pm.  Kid’s day means kids entertainment and lots of giveaways providing the littlies with something for everyone.  Phippsy is also doing a Cooking Demonstration for all the budding chefs out there, so make sure even if you are not competing you come down to see Phippsy on stage at 6pm. The night’s major sponsors are the LOCAL BUSINESS HOUSES for the Adult prize division, CLUB MARINE for the Big Fish prize Category, 7th WAVE for the Cadets prizes and Rainbow Beach Food Works for the kid’s trophies.

Monday 1st July the community has the annual charity fashion parade, 10:30am at the Church of the Good Shepard, Carlo Road.  It’s a great show @$10pp, complete with a finger food luncheon, Raffles and a lucky door prize. 
The night’s major sponsors are ED’s BEACH BAKERY for the Adult prize division, CLUB MARINE for the Big Fish prize Category, 7th WAVE for the Cadets prizes and Rainbow Beach Food Works for the kid’s trophies.

Tuesday the 2nd July is VETERANS DAY.  This means anybody over 60yrs gets a chance of winning prizes in their own division. The night’s major sponsors are GARMIN for the Adult prize division, CLUB MARINE for the Big Fish prize Category, 7th WAVE for the Cadets prizes, Rainbow Beach Food Works for the kid’s trophies and Shell/Rainbow Beach Sports Club for the Veterans.

Wednesday the 3rd July the Sports Club has BINGO on at 10:30am and the XXXX outback bar arrives!  The night’s major sponsors are JARVIS WALKER : FINNOR : QUANTUM for the Adult prize division, , JARVIS WALKER for the Cadets prizes, CLUB MARINE for the Big Fish prize Category and Rainbow Beach Food Works for the kids trophies.

Thursday the 4th July is LADIES DAY.  As with VETERAN’s all the ladies get a chance of winning prizes in their own division.  On this night the XXXX Island promotion begins.  A chance for you and 3 mates to win a weekend on XXXX Island, plenty of XXXX merchandise to be won and an opportunity to have a drink with the Promo girls/a Guy this year too….  SIRROMETT Wines will have wine tasting in the outdoor venue and will have a great promotion to win a Double Entry pass for 4 days (valued at $260 per day) at Gympie Music Muster 22-25 Aug 2013. The night’s major sponsors are BUNDABERG RUM for the Adult prize division, CLUB MARINE for the Big Fish prize Category, 7th WAVE for the Cadets prizes, Rainbow Beach Food Works for the kid’s trophies and SIRROMETT WINES for the Ladies.

Friday the 5th the club is running BINGO again at 10:30am, SIRROMETT wines will be hosting wine tasting in the outdoor venue and it’s the last chance to qualify for entry into the XXXX promotion and this night the winner will be announced. The night’s major sponsors are XXXX for the Adult prize division, CLUB MARINE for the Big Fish prize Category, 7TH WAVE for the Cadets prizes, and Rainbow Beach Food Works for the kids.  Friday night is BIG inside the club after presentations with the mirror ball spinning off its axis and great tunes playing.

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Saturday the 6th is the Grand Finale, weigh-in starts early 3:00pm SHARP!  There will be a FREE Jumping Castle for the kids and plenty of prizes to be won – hundreds in fact! The night’s major sponsors are MITSUBISHI MOTORS for the Adult prize division, CLUB MARINE for the Big Fish prize Category, MITSUBISHI MOTORS for the Cadets prizes, Rainbow Beach Food Works & Carpet Affair Toowoomba for the kid’s prizes.

During this years event we will be posting live updates to FaceBook so you will be able to see the days weigh-in board, results, pictures of the fish that been caught, tides, weather conditions for the next day and any antics that may be happening or have happened during that day.  The event also puts out a daily newsletter for those who want the previous days weigh-in board results, photo’s, sponsors and weather/tide conditions. https://www.facebook.com/rfishingclassic

This event caters for everyone, even those who are just holidaying in Rainbow and want to pop out in the evening and enjoy the festivities.  What an event calendar for the school holidays and what an even better reason to get to Rainbow Beach for the holidays!

As we all know none of this is at all possible without our sponsors, especially without the community and local business support.  Thank you.  I hope this year we are going to see not only our familiar faces that come every year but new families from all over the country.