10 May 2023

Weipa Fishing Classic ready to be shared with the world

| Cape York Weekly
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CORONAVIRUS claimed most of Cape York’s major events this year but not the Weipa Fishing Classic.

Normally staged in May, this year’s event was postponed at a time most thought it would be impossible to stage any kind of gathering in 2020.

Committee president Aaron Schleich said there were times when he thought it would be called off.

“The easy decision would have been to call it off in April, but we have been lucky in Cape York,” he said.

The committee has worked tirelessly this year to ensure the event is a success, knowing that it is an essential fundraiser for the community.

It has also embraced change for the better.

This year, people from around the world will be able to tune into the action from the weigh-in and follow the major raffle.

A company from Brisbane has flown in to manage the live stream, which will be broadcast on the Weipa Fishing Classic’s Facebook page.

“We can’t have a crowd at the oval so we want people to go to the local pubs and clubs and watch the stream,” Mr Schleich said on Sunday.

“They are COVID compliant and it also gives back to the local businesses.

“You can also watch it at home and I’m sure there will be some viewing parties.”

Those in the major draw must keep their phones handy during the raffle times as ticket holders need to make contact with the committee.

“We have a few rules that are available to read now so people should be aware of their obligations if they want to be in the running to win a prize.”

While this year’s event will be like no other before it, the fishing should be at it’s best.

It might be the hottest time of the year but the wind isn’t due to blow and that’s usually a problem in May.

“The only problem we’ve got is that the barra season is closed, so that’s why we’ve replaced the species with mangrove jack,” Mr Schleich explained.

“There’s a fairly comprehensive list of rules for participants because we want anglers to do the right thing.

“Those who enter the fishing competition should read them on before they go out.”

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