15kg Red Emperor a classic catch at Rainbow
A RECORD-breaking 15kg red emperor has highlighted this year's Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic, which wrapped up yesterday.
The monster fish, caught by Gympie's Steve Grills, was just part of this year's prize haul which also included Cooloola Cove's Shauna McCauley taking out the $10,000 draw down prize.
Organiser Rick Modin said there had been a fantastic turnout for this year's event.
"It was very good," Modin said.
"Perfect weather, and lots of fish."
While the number of junior competitors was down from last year's Classic, which was held in the school holidays, Modin said entries this year were "well and truly up".
Overall, about 500 competitors cast out this year, and more than 1000 people turned out for last night's festivities.
Other category winners included: Aaron Hall (snapper, 7.335kg); Peter Hollis (parrot, 9.425kg); Neville Stutz (pearl perch, 4.635kg); Adrian Birtic (sweet lip, 5.61kg); John Fischer (big fish, 20.195); Cedric Byrne (tailor, 2.9kg); Larry Brigginshaw (bream, 1.090kg); Jason Russel (whiting, .53kg); Gary Enkelmann (dart, .84kg); Robert Fullarton (flathead, 2.9kg); Susie Faulkner (jew fish, 11.585kg).
Mason Bignell won the award for best and fairest, while Jack Francis was the first cadet ever to haul in a red emperor at the event.