Godfrey takes out this year's Angling Classic

About 500 hundred people have gathered at the Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club to watch on as judges calculated the results of one of the state's biggest fishing events.

Some 80 boats took to the water as part of this year's Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club Classic, with participants travelling from as far as Kalgoorlie, Albany, Collie and Bunbury to take part in the action.

Michael Godfrey's 17.845 kilogram Samson Fish saw him take away more than $13,500 in prize money, after receiving a $1000 prize and a Calcutta of $12,509.

Max Cody took out the top sport for both the Red Snapper and the Breaksea category, with his snapper catch weighing in at just over three kilograms and the breaksea 2.7 kilograms.

All in all, Mr Cody earned himself a whopping $6,600 at the weigh in.

Brett Desmond and Alan Smith took home $3,098 each for their Sand Whiting and King George whiting catch.

Graeme Bowden in boat number 30 caught the only pink snapper of the day, weighing in at just under 5.5 kilograms.

Simon Staines took out the shark category with a catch weighing in at 10.85 kilograms, and Harry Davies took out the top spot for Queen Snapper with a 5.595 kilogram catch.

Robert Tate secured the win for his skippy with a 5.27 kilogram catch and Adrian Perks managed to reel in a 3.07 kilogram Harlequin that earned him a first, too.

The Herring category was won by Chris Fanetti and Greg Hawke and Geordie Mackenzie placed first for Snook and Sweep.

Southern Sports and Tackle owner Murray Johnson said there had definitely been more interest in the event this year and extended thanks to the event's major sponsors for their ongoing support.

“I think the amount of people there was up on last year," he said.

"We’ve definitely seen more interest in it this year and the weather was better.

"It’s [sponsorship] just so important.

"This Club has been going since 1988 and without that support, we wouldn’t be there.

"It’s not just the members paying their way, it’s the support we get from local businesses.

"We also see a lot of support out of Kalgoorlie.

"These sponsors are really important to the Club."

More to come.