Day 3 Monday

The mood in Evans Head was dreary as the cloudy grey skies surrounding the English cricket team last night. The famed Bacon and Egg rolls from Lennox Smoke and barrel were not even available to brighten the mood for the early morning competitors, but after watching England choke on another potential ashes victory like a flathead trying to swallow a 450mm bream sideways most of the competitors were dealing with the potential downpours under the rainbow of an Ashes glory.

By mid-afternoon, the hangovers had washed off and some pretty decent fish started to appear on the scoreboard. Alexander Klassen smacked a Steve Smith like boundary with a massive 515mm blackfish ahead of Shane Griffiths and Shane Casson. He also backed up winning the whiting category. Like a gallant Davey Warner dancing down the pitch, Luke Tinson’s elegant 404mm bream was enough to take out first for day 3. The flathead seem to be mostly around the 800mm mark with an 823mm for John Lollback. John seems to have had more cracks at flathead glory that Usman Khawaja has been in the Australian test team.

Offshore, Dylan Carberry channelled Ben Stokes with an almost 150cm mulloway. His fish came in at 1415mm. Darcy McKenna, as elegant as a Marcus Labuschagne century, took out snapper with a healthy 868mm fish ahead of Tom Martin who was a mile back with a 439mm wiggler. Tailor went to Ryan Kernaghan, 651mm and king/cobia to Damien Radclyffe.

Stingrays rained down like ashes bouncers today with a close call going the way of Aaron Coomb with a spotted eagle ray for judges’ choice/most meritorious.