Renee Pilcher

Anglers taking the bait, Rainbow Beach reelin' them in

RAINBOW Beach is reelin' them in.

Accommodation in the region for the June/July school holiday period is filling up fast thanks in large part to the Mitsubishi Motors Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic.

Cooloola Coast Realty owner Dee White said the business had 107 holiday rentals on the books and just 17 remained unlet.

"It's very good, better than last year," Mrs White said.

This is the second year the fishing classic has been held during the school holidays, and it's a decision that seems to be paying off.

Mrs White said in previous years, bookings for the holiday period ran at about 30% capacity, while numbers for the fishing classic, held later, were about the same.

Mrs White said this year bookings were already at about 85%.

"There's only next week to go. If you leave it too long there won't be anything left," she said.

Mrs White said the vibe in the town in the lead-up to the event was positive, with local bakeries and cafes preparing for the increased numbers.

Rainbow can expect an influx in excess of 700 anglers, from amateurs to professionals.

And if the current trajectory holds, as organisers have indicated they will, this year may even break a record for the number of participants.

Running from Friday, July 4 until July 12, organisers have promised this year's event will be bigger and better than ever with more live entertainment, prizes and promotions on offer.

Anglers will compete for over $100,000 in prizes.

For more go to their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fishingclassic