Yamba's ‘Tim the Bream’ is set to make a comeback

The map of fishing spots allowed in the original Tim the Bream competition in 1958. Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner
The map of fishing spots allowed in the original Tim the Bream competition in 1958. Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner Tim Howard

YAMBA'S famous annual 'Tim the Bream' fishing classic, which previously attracted crowds of up to 17,000 anglers in its heyday, is set to make a big comeback to the Clarence River in August.

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.

"The featured prized catch for Tim The Bream is again worth $10,000 while another 10 tagged fish will have a value of $1000 each," event director Darren Williams said.

"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.

"We are hosting a business meeting next Wednesday afternoon (June 15) between 5-6pm at the Yamba Backpackers to brief local businesses on what they can expect from the Tim the Bream event."

Yamba Rotary will cap entries at 5000 and the last time the event ran in 1985 there were 600 boats that hit the water for the competition, along with 12,000 anglers.

"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," Mr Williams said.

"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 August 20-21.

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