The Bowen Family Fishing Classic and Wet Weekend is a Registered Not For Profit Organization and donates each year to various Local and Regional organizations, with a particular emphasis on fish restocking in freshwater impoundments.
For the past twenty-four years, we have provided a weekend of family fun, games, activities, trade displays, top level entertainment, prizes, giveaways and of course, the fantastic fishing, with the overall view to attract increased visitor numbers to our region and provide a boost to our local economy.
Held on Bowen’s Beautiful Front Beach each September, we provide a weekend of top enjoyment for the whole family, as well as the chance to win fantastic prizes and take part in Australia’s Biggest Family Fishing Classic.
We are very proud to have provided such a high level of support over many years for the regional freshwater fish stocking groups and have enjoyed the satisfaction of achieving excellent long term results. We also assist the local schools with their aquaculture projects by providing fingerlings and battery backup systems.
As we are primarily a Fishing Competition, we respect and understand the value of balance in our precious marine ecosystem. Anglers even have the opportunity to donate their catch, once weighed in, to our Classic Weigh-In Team. These fish are then filleted, packaged and delivered to Meals on Wheels. We find that about 70% of our anglers choose this option, as the spirit of the Event is to assist those in need.
The entire Event is run mainly with dedicated volunteer assistance and receives support from local, regional and national businesses and organisations, along with national sponsorship from major companies. The locals feel a sense of pride and ownership of the Classic overall, particularly when they can showcase Bowen’s best assets to the thousands of visitors who flock to our region each September to take part.