Denmark’s oldest fishing club reels up for annual Rainbow Coast competition

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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

One of WA’s oldest angling clubs is running its annual Rainbow Coast Fishing Competition in Denmark this weekend.

The Denmark Boating and Angling Club was established in 1924 and has been running its annual competition for 23 years.

Anglers from around the region are invited to compete in the mini-junior, junior or men’s and women’s division to be in the running to win $3000 worth of prizes.

Club president Andrew Ellis said it was always exciting to see what competitors would reel in.

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

“Two years ago we had an 18kg blue groper which took out a lot of the prizes,” he said.

“In the same year we had a yellowtail kingfish which was a monster — it weighed just under the blue groper.

“There are always the shark hunters who get a couple of sharks such as Wobbegong sharks and sometimes people end up catching salmon.”

Competitors can fish off the beach or the rocks between between Mutton Bird Island and Blue Holes in Denmark.

Connor Constable with his fish in the 2021 Rainbow Coast Fishing Competition
Camera IconConnor Constable with his fish in the 2021 Rainbow Coast Fishing Competition Credit: Andrew Ellis

“When we have a briefing we do ask that you don’t fish alone and if you are going alone make sure someone knows where you are going,” Mr Ellis said.

“We also encourage that anyone fishing off the rocks is wearing a lifejacket.

“We do fish environmental. You can catch your bag limit but you just pick your best 15 fish and that’s what you weigh in for the day.”

The competition briefing will take place at the Ocean View Function Centre at 1pm on January 15, with the weigh-in taking place at 12pm on January 16.

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