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Denmark's famous Rainbow Coast Fishing Competition returns for biggest year yet

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Oliver Van Reeken with a fish during the 2021 competition.
Camera IconOliver Van Reeken with a fish during the 2021 competition. Credit: Supplied/Andrew Ellis/Andrew Ellis

An estimated 80 eager anglers will hit the Great Southern shores this weekend for Denmark Boating and Angling Club’s annual Rainbow Coast Fishing Competition.

In its 100th year, DBAC has promised the biggest tournament yet with the biggest prize pool in its history after securing a $4000 grant from Recfishwest.

Boosted door and cash prizes will be sure to draw more tight lines to the beaches and rocks across Denmark.

Troy Constable with his fish in the 2021 Rainbow Coast Fishing Competition.
Camera IconTroy Constable with his fish in the 2021 Rainbow Coast Fishing Competition. Credit: Andrew Ellis

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Registrations close at 10am on Saturday and the first briefing will be on Saturday at 1pm at the Ocean View Function Centre in Denmark.

The cut-off time for the final weigh-in will be noon on Sunday at the same venue.

Boundaries for the competition extend from Muttonbird Island to Blue Holes near Walpole, with the competition exclusively being land-based fishing.

The angler with the heaviest skin fish will walk away $300 richer, while the heaviest scale fish will claim $200.

Club president Andrew Ellis said while fishing off rocks is popular among anglers, correct safety measures should be adhered to.

“During our briefing, we will run through some safety precautions, especially in regards to rock fishing,” Ellis said.

“There are a lot of places around town where people can grab life jackets and if you want to fish off the rocks you should bring a friend.”

Mr Ellis said the forecast was looking favourable for those keen to wet a line.

“Weather conditions are looking pretty good on Saturday and the wind looks like it’s dying down in the afternoon,” he said.

“So it should be pretty good for everyone.”

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