Weipa Fishing Classic

Weipa Fishing Classic is one of the best events on the peninsula.

There is some great fishing, some great big fish, some great prizes ... and guess what - you don't have to fish to win the biggest prizes!

Yes - that's correct - this event is not only made for fishers but everyone, which is the reason why it is so popular.

weipa fishing classic grounds

Cooktown, Port Douglas, Cairns - here is something to think about: Instead of making it interesting for fishies alone - why not make a fishing event highly popular with everyone in town, and make money in the process :-)

weipa fishing classic crowds

While fishing is a great way to spend the day time during this event and definitely pays off with prizes of thousands of dollars, the major prizes can be won by anyone who has paid for the nomination to be in the draw (fishers have to pay the nomination fee so they are of course also in all the prize draws).

weipa fishing classic 2015

Things to Win

 And the prizes are not small - in 2015 the major prizes were a velocity boat and a Can-am quad bike - keeping the crowd keen and attending every night.

weipa fishing classic major prizes

The 2,200 tickets were sold out in the days before the event started, and competitors were drawn each night into the final lucky group of 30.

weipa fishing classic draw prizes

All prizes worth more than $100,000 in total, there were also fishing prizes, many different raffles and random draws.

weipa fishing classic prizes

The 30 people who ended up in the final draw were all given good prizes one by one, while closing in on the last people left in it, who won the main prizes.

weipa fishing classic third prize

The third prize was an 18 carat gold pendant with an Argyle diamond.

weipa fishing classic second prize

The second prize was a Can-am commander 800 DPS that came with BRP accessories and a trailer.

weipa fishing classic first prize

And the first prize was a 5.2 metre Sea Jay Velocity Boat that came with a 115hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard, GPS, VHF marine radio, safety gear and a trailer.

weipa fishing classic winner

The lucky winner was Darren Carroll from Toowoomba - good on him :-)

Things to Buy

There were T-shirts, caps, hats, stubby coolers and many other souvenirs to buy,

weipa fishing classic merchandise weipa fishing classic souvenirs

... and there were exhibitors and stall holders including ARB 4x4 Accessories, Cairns Honda, Trinity Kawasaki, Pacific Toyota, Weipa Auto and Irelands of Cairns only to name a few.

weipa fishing classic exhibitors weipa fishing classic food

Licensed bars and food outlets - seafood baskets and souvliaki, gourmet sandwiches and roast beef rolls, sausage sizzle, Asian food, fish and chips and more.

Other Fun

Kids fun - Weipa Fishing Classic mascots, jumping castle, fish throwing competition, shooting gallery and bubbles, stilts and balloons, glow sticks and show bags.

kids fun

On-screen fishing simulator, tug of war,

tug of war

... and cast net and lure casting competitions,

cast net competition

... special guests, and live music entertainment on the stage.


And then of course - the fishing.


Despite the seas having been a little rough, particularly on the last day, some great fish were brought in,

weipa fishing classic

... weighed,

fish weighing

... measured,

fish measuring

... and the winners announced on both Saturday and Sunday.

weipa fishing classic winners

There are Open, Women's and Juniors' categories, and the fish had to be caught on a hand line or rod and reel in the waters around Port Musgrave and Albatross Bay, starting at midnight Friday.

weipa fishing classic results

The eleven species eligible for Open category were barramundi, jew fish, coral trout, trevally, mackerel, queenfish, grunter, tusker, fingermark, king fish and reef fish (nannygai and red emperor).


The six species eligible for Juniors were barramundi, grunter, queenfish, bream, blue salmon and king salmon.

barramundi fish

There are obviously also minimum sizes for all fish species (on the photos is random fish, some but not all are the winners). 

coral trout

Lots of fun - a great event we will be returning to :-)

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