Day 6 – Thursday
Day 6 and we were gifted yet another day with more spark than that supplied by the emerging network of electric car chargers around Australia, which incidentally work about as often as a Jeep starts and runs. The much-fought battle for fishing supremacy, not unlike that fought between Holden and Ford back in the 80s and 90s, was back with boats streaking all over the ocean and river like a demolition derby.
In the offshore category, where a boat similar to an offroad battle wagon is often needed, anglers fought it out under racetrack like conditions. The westerly having blown the ocean to a smooth surface. Snapper fight like a roided up Ram and Philip Trevor caught the biggest for the day at 830mm. The mulloway though are more like an i30, one good run and they’re done but brad Gosling managed to tame one at 1220mm. Pearl Perch, the Rolls Royce of eating quality around here, are as highly sought after as a GT Ford, and the admin tent is still waiting for Brad Mayes to bring in some of his 583mm fish. Strap in and prepare to be pulled backwards by the mighty kingfish and cobia. They pull like a Chevvy Silverado. Benjamin Campbell’s biggest at 1410mm was the day 6 winner. Tailor which only eat well after being sauteed in left over gearbox oil for seven days was won by Liam Veselis.
Hardly a bonnet sized bream, more like an electric mini minor but enough to take out first was Mal Hancock’s 404mm bream. The V8 powered whiting category is heating up but no one has cracked 400mm today. The biggest went 399mm for Alexander Klassen who will went missing like asset of car keys without an I tag again at presentation time. Did you know that there is an engine called a flathead? It has poor gas flow, inadequate combustion chamber shape, and low compression ratio resulting in a low-power output, much like Lochlan Soutar, but he still managed to extract an 842mm flatty for the day.
Rarer than a Ferrari 250 Grand Turismo Omologato, judges choice went to Joshua Jolley’s flutemouth.