20 May 2024

2024 Weipa Fishing Classic shaping up as record breaker

| Lyndon Keane
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Committee members and volunteers show off one of the major prizes that will be up for grabs when fishos from across Australia converge on western Cape York for the 2024 Weipa Fishing Classic next month. Photo: Lyndon Keane.

Anglers from every corner of Australia will converge on western Cape York in three weeks to wet a line in the 2024 instalment of one of the most hotly-contested fishing competitions available.

The Weipa Fishing Classic (WFC) will be held on 7-9 June and transform the township into a melting pot of angling fanatics and families all vying to get their hands on more than $200,000 in prizes, including a number of boats.

There are only 2,400 tickets available for the event, and new WFC president Lisa Lui said this year’s schedule offered something for every member of the family.

“There’s a lure casting competition, a cast net throwing competition, best mullet competition, random prizes, one-of-a-kind memorabilia and kids’ jumping amusements,” she said.

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“People can expect an amazing, family-friendly atmosphere at one of Weipa’s premier events of the year, and it’s just an all-round memorable weekend to brag to their friends about.”

Committee members will be selling tickets in the Woolworths car park each weekend in the lead-up to the event, but anglers can also purchase them from Weipa Furniture and Electrical.

Ms Lui said 2024 would likely be another record year for the popular event.

“For some families, this is an annual fishing trip; for others, it is one to cross off their bucket list,” she explained.

“It is shaping up to be another event for the record books.

“It is the atmosphere and the community spirit that draws people in and back year on year; the committee knows how to put on a show and how to party.”

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While a convoy of four-wheel drives and boats will arrive in Weipa to compete in the WFC, Ms Lui said the committee was focused on ensuring western Cape York residents were not forgotten in the flurry of angling excitement.

“The needs of the community are at the heart of this committee, and we try to keep this affordable for our families in the local and surrounding communities,” she said.

“We are so proud of Weipa, and what the WFC brings to our community year on year.”

For more information, and to keep up to date about the 2024 edition of the event, keep an eye on the Weipa Fishing Classic Facebook page.

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