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Reminiscing Yamba’s Tim The Bream

Grafton angler Laurie van de Velde at home in Grafton with his 1958 Tim The Bream photo of a jewfish he caught at Key Rock Yamba that gave him runner up in the heaviest of species event.
Grafton angler Laurie van de Velde at home in Grafton with his 1958 Tim The Bream photo of a jewfish he caught at Key Rock Yamba that gave him runner up in the heaviest of species event.

 

Enquiries and entries have started rolling in for Yamba Rotary’s relaunch of the Yamba fishing classic ‘Tim The Bream’.
Event Director Darren Williams said people are now starting to take notice of this revised event and seeking more information.
“When we launched our event last month we did it with online ticketing (Sticky Tickets) and now have moved into phase two, which is having print tickets available from the end of the week from bait shops in Yamba, Maclean, Iluka and Grafton.
We are really hoping people pre purchase and register for the event beforehand so there is no bottle neck on the day”.
The committee are also putting a call out for anyone who participated in anyway in any previous Tim The Bream competitions to get in touch with them to share their stories.
Mr Williams said “as luck would have it our media manager Debrah Novak stumbled across Grafton angler Laurie van de Velde last week who was runner up in the 1958 Tim The Bream Classic in the heaviest of species.
There would have to be hundreds of people out there with photos and stories to share with us and we would love to hear from them as soon as possible”.
Tim The Bream Fishing Classic is on the 20-21 August and features a prized catch for ‘Tim The Bream’ worth $10,000 while another 10 tagged fish will have a value of $1000 each.
“The area of operations for the event will run from the Harwood Bridge which crosses the Clarence River at Harwood Island and continue eastward to the mouth of the Clarence River between Yamba and Iluka. This also includes all estuaries east of the bridge.
Fishing will take place from the southern and northern banks of the Clarence River as well as by vessel or boat.
This is a catch and release competition only and all fish must be alive and in a healthy condition when presented to be eligible for entry into any category of this competition.
NO dead fish will be accepted for entry into this competition
Brag Mat measuring will be required for competition size lengths. A dated photograph is to be taken of the fish on a NSW Fisheries Brag Mat if you are unable to bring your catch into the live weighing station.
A committee marshal will be available to measure the length of fish caught over 90cm (jewfish or flathead) to allow expedient release and confirmation of your catch”, Mr Williams said.

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