THE fish might not have been biting yesterday, but that didn't stop the women involved in this year's Women That Fish (WTF) Barra Classic from having a blast.

WTF co-founder Belinda Lindel said the four-day event was a chance for women to reclaim their self-esteem and self-confidence while learning some new skills.

Held from Thursday to Saturday, the classic celebrated its fourth year in operation, and Belinda said it was getting more popular each year.

The event had even scored about $15,000 worth of sponsorship support.

"We have 28 women fishing this year and 10 male captains; the only thing the men can do is drive the boats and tie lures on," she said.

"It is to empower women to get the confidence to get out and go fishing.

"Women come as far as Newcastle, Townsville... it's really good fun and the girls just keep coming back."

Belinda said the idea was born from the realisation there were no other women's fishing competitions in the region following the cancellation of No Blokes Barra Bash in Awoonga.

On a mission to catch the perfect barra, Belinda said she was thrilled with the net-free zones declared for the area.

Presentations will be held tonight:

Awards Fun

Biggest Fish

The WTH awards (falls, accidents)

Champion Teams

Overall Grand Champion



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