Catch and release fishing competition

10th, 11th & 12th February 2017

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The 4th Annual Riverina Classic Fishing Competition will take place on the 10th, 11th & 12th February 2017

The Riverina Classic Catch and Release Fishing Competition is three great days of fishing with a two day Family Events Weekend. As a charity event proceeds from the 2017 Riverina Classic will be distributed to the Motor Neurone Griffith & District Support Group which will help to support sufferers locally and in the surrounding area. Some funds are used to help re-stock the Murrumbidgee River with native fingerlings securing a healthy and sustainable fishing future.

The 2017 Riverina Classic will again be a full photo entry competition, giving anglers better flexibility on fishing hours, allowing the entry of over-sized cod to be accepted in the competition improving the survival rate of catch and release fish by reducing the amount of time the fish spends in captivity. Photos will be accepted by SMS, Email or by presenting your photo in person to the HQ tent during the HQ operating hours. To check out the rules and guidelines for photographing your fish, see here.

The Riverina Classic is not only a major NSW Fishing Competition, it is an event catering to the whole family with something for everyone including markets held over the weekend. Other attractions will include helicopter flights, catering, kid’s activities, lure casting competitions, boat displays, major raffle draw, release of native fingerlings, river train rides and much more.

The inaugural Darlington Point Riverina Classic was held in early April 2014. It was a great success, with 415 Competitors registering for their chance to take home something from our $45,000 prize pool. In our first year we donated $15,000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. 3000 native fingerlings were released and the Committee decided we would try again.

The efforts in the second year outdid the first with the prize pool growing to $50,000 and 524 Competitors taking part. $18,000 was donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and in an effort further enhance sustainable fishing 5000 native fingerlings were released.

2016 saw 492 entrants trial the new photo competition, vying for over $50,000 in prizes. 94 eligible fish were caught and released & more than 2000 Cod and nearly 5000 Golden Perch were released into the Murrumbidgee River. $20,000 was donated to The Motor Neurone Griffith and District Support Group and MND New South Wales.

The 2014 & 2015 events raised funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, The 2016 event supported the Motor NEurone Disease foundation of Australia and the motor neurone griffith & district support group. The 2017 event is going local supporting the Motor Neurone Griffith & District Support Group.

We have chosen to support Motor Neurone disease charities as there is a cluster of MND within the Riverina area, it is one of two clusters of the disease that have been identified within NSW and we would like to help further research into this disease to help identify why there are clusters of the sporadic form occurring.

Boating & Fishing

Information about boating on waterways within NSW including licences, safety and rules can be found on the Roads and Maritime website.


Recreational Fishing information

Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries

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Fishing Waters

The fishing waters for the Riverina Classic can be found on the Map tab above.


Lifejackets are an essential piece of equipment while fishing, there are a number of different styles available. The RMS explains the different types in the link below

Please Note: Inflatable life jackets require 12 monthly checks, information about what is required in the check can be found on the link below.

LIFEJACKET informatioN


For information about sponsoring the Riverina Classic in 2017.

Darlington Point APEX

Apex is a volunteer community service organisation that offers active Australians aged 18 to 45 an opportunity to learn more about themselves, gain new skills, make new friends and help those in need.

"Berkley Supertank" see what the fish see

The Berkley Supertank gives you a fish’s eye view. This spectacular 15 metre long and 3 metre high perspex sided giant mobile fish tank harbours natural habitat and loads of fish. You will see what the fish actually see from under water without having to get wet. Brett Thomson and Michael Cooke demonstrate many different types of Berkley lures and will show how the fish react to them and the different techniques used by many of today’s top anglers.

Brett is a former two times ABT BASS Angler of The Year and fulltime fishing guide. Michael is a seasoned angler with experience in catching all the different species of fish. Brett and Michael will conduct shows all day. With-in their demonstrations they will show how to become a better lure user and they will help improve your strike rate and Catch More Fish next time you’re on the water.

Presenting at the Riverina Classic on February 11th & 12th.

2017 Charity