Yamba’s famous annual ‘Tim the Bream’ fishing classic which previously attracted crowds of up to 17,000 anglers in it’s heyday is set to make a big comeback to the Clarence River in August 2016.
After a 30-year hiatus the Rotary Club of Yamba has decided to pick up the fishing tackle left behind in 1985 and host the popular event again with this year’s event mirroring the original 1958 prizes for catching tagged fish.
Event Director Darren Williams said ” the featured prized catch for ‘Tim The Bream’ is again worth $10,000 while another 10 tagged fish have a value of $1000 each.
We are really hoping the local businesses get behind this event as it will be a very big economic driver during a month which is traditionally a slow period in the Lower Clarence.
Yamba Rotary are capping entries at 5000 and the last time the event ran in 1985 there were 600 boats who hit the water for the competition along with 12,000 anglers.
Mr Williams said “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.
We are now taking online entries through ‘Sticky Tickets’ or go to our face book page Tim The Bream Clarence River NSW”
The event will take place at Yamba over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2016.