A bunch of workmates from Mudgee, NSW came into South West Rocks on on Sunday (8th) for a friendly fishing competition, the prize, an original trophy called "The Danny" named after the best friend of Nathan Moore, an avid fisherman and who unfortunately passed away not long ago.
On Monday (9th), the first day, after a long morning of fishing on the ocean where a small "tinny" fishing boat capsized which saw two competitors fall into the water, although they were injured this was also hilarious, several types of fish were caught for the day. We even saw and filmed a kangaroo crossing in the bay.
In the afternoon on the same day a couple of the guys went to Gap beach to try their luck with a bit more fishing.
Not long after putting his line in the water, Matt Cowden felt a big bite and thought he had a jew fish, after a long fight which lasted over an hour Matt with the assistance of Nathan Moore and Mick Brennan, who jumped into the water to get the fish, found that Matt had caught a kingfish the size of about 1.34 metres and weighing 24.5kg.
Matt was using a standard beach fishing rod with two hooks and worms as bait.
A local who was also on the beach at the time said that all the years he has been fishing on the beach, he has never seen a kingfish being caught on the beach.
We intend to make this fishing comp a yearly trip.
Stay ahead with local news by signing up for the Macleay Argus newsletter here.
Also making the news: