The Deniliquin RSL Iron Jack Fishing Classic will have a 21st birthday event to remember this February, with five boats to give away.
Held on Deniliquin’s picturesque Edward River, with the event’s headquarters positioned right in the heart of town, the 2018 Classic will be held on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18.
In addition to the four boats traditionally on offer, event sponsor Boats & More has donated another boat and motor package to be won at the popular Prize-A-Rama.
The Prize-A-Rama will be held at the Deniliquin RSL Club on the Friday night before fishing opens.
There will be a huge variety of prizes to be won on the Friday night, including fishing and camping gear and household items, worth more than $16,000.
Over Saturday and Sunday, more than $80,000 in prizes are up for grabs for lucky anglers and classic participants.
Those who register to participate in the Fishing Classic before 6pm on February 13 will be entered into the Early Bird Draw, to win an $8500 Clark 395 Predator with 30hp Suzuki Motor and Dunbier trailer package.
A replica boat, motor and trailer package will be won in the raffle. Tickets into the draw are $5 each, or $2 if you buy a ticket at the same time you buy a slab of Iron Jack stubbies or cans at Central Cellarbrations in Deniliquin.
Every junior entrant in the competition is automatically in the draw for a Clark 340 Punt with 6hp Suzuki motor and every adult entrant is in the running to win a $16,000 Clark 427 Estuary Pursuit with 30hp Suzuki motor and Dunbier trailer package.
Each legal sized native fish caught during the competition fishing period will earn the angler an additional entry.
Deniliquin RSL Fishing Club president David Hart said there’s even more for Classic anglers to win, with an additional $15,000 to be won just by hooking the specially tagged 2018 cod.
‘‘The $15,000 prize for the tagged cod comes into play when fishing opens on the Saturday of the competition,’’ Mr Hart said.
‘‘The cod, which is yet to be tagged and named, will only be worth $15,000 if caught during the event, or $1000 if caught before next year’s tagged cod comes in to play.
‘‘Our 2017 cod, Murray, was never caught and is still worth $1000 if he’s caught before the competition opens on February 17.
‘‘The details on how to claim the prize are found on the tag.’’
The early bird and raffle prize boats will be drawn during the family fun night at Classic HQ on the Saturday night, and the early bird ticket winner must be present to claim the prize.
The Saturday night entertainment will include live music and children’s activities, and a special performance from event sponsor and five time whip cracking Guinness world record holder Nathan Griggs.
Four of his records are for fastest whip cracking with both one and two hands, and for the longest whip in the world at over 100m.
Anglers have at least 40km of Edward River in which to land a catch and registrations are open at www.denifishingclassic.com.au.