Day 6 Thursday
The sea was angry that day my friends. It is a classic line that I have always wanted to use and as I looked out to sea and across the bar in the morning, George Costanza’s famous line started ringing in my ears. It looked horrible out there. The sea was up, and the bar looked like a frothy Cappuccino. I watched a few experienced boats cross, but it was not a day for the average fisho. Care was needed and some experience.
The weather played its part too with frequent showers passing over the site and the competitors. Given the constant showers and a prediction for the conditions to worsen, the decision was made to cancel the evening presentation. That was to prove a masterstroke as anyone out fishing was immediately delivered clear skies and the opportunity to keep fishing, despite the expert’s predictions for torrential rain.
We try to make decisions early and give competitors as much warning as possible on timetable changes. Sometimes the weather does what it does, despite the predictions we follow closely.
With that said, there were a couple of notable catches. The snapper category is always hotly contested and yesterday Darcy Banks landed a 948mm fish to take out first. Pearl perch went to Arrow Oldfield with a 580mm fish. Trag went to Jamie Pethers with a 555mm fish and Mulloway 1135mm.
For the inshore species, the blackfish category continues to impress with four fish well clear of 400mm landed. Brendon Palmer was the victor with a 457mm fish. Lyle Outerbridge’s 454mm bream is a donkey of a fish and saw him take out first for bream/tarwhine. Bernard Richter, dart specialist took out first place for that category for the 5th time this week. We hope he has a large garage.
The flathead section was won by Natalee Reynolds with an impressive 963mm fish while tailor was won, not for the first time, by Ryan Kernaghan. Alexander Klassen pipped Robbie Graham for whiting with a 439mm fish.