We can't complain about nor-easters at this time of year, but we can use them for an excuse to not go fishing, especially from Trial Bay. The latest competition of the Seabreeze Beach Hotel Fishing Club, on the weekend of January 4 and 5 recorded "nil" for outside fishing.
The result sheet for beach, rock and estuary (inside) was much more accounted for, the persistent sea breezes making the keenest anglers resort to the estuaries. The total caught was 33kg, but considering most of the fish caught were Whiting, there were quite a few species involved.
The inside result sheet was very well filled with so many names it might be more polite to acknowledge prize recipients in alphabetical order, although, upon reflection, perhaps a
couple of names deserve particular attention. Junior angler Jack Riach, who on any weekend fishes anywhere from 1 to 60 fathoms and "tenunda" junior angler, Olivia Wright, another consistent and persistent participant. Both deserve particular mention as they both fished hard and well as the results show. As time goes on some of the "older" winners will be stretching their necks to see what Jack and Olivia are bringing to the weigh-in table.
- Bream - senior - Steve Flegg, 510 gm; lady - Joy Ashley, 560 gm; junior boy - Jack Riach, 485 gm; "tenunda" junior boy - Finn McLean, 490 gm; "tenunda" junior girl - Olivia Wright, 355 gm.
- Dusky Flathead - senior - Graeme Taylor, 2.080 kg; lady - Cheryl Barber, 1.935; junior boy - Jack Riach, 1.200 kg; "tenunda" junior boy - Monty Quain, 885 gm; "tenunda" junior girl - Olivia Wright, 330 gm.
- Whiting - senior - Pat Halverson, 380 gm; lady - Wendy Halverson, 350 gm; junior boy - Jack Riach, 340 gm; "tenunda" junior girl - Olivia Wright, 195 gm.
- Other - Native Bass - senior - Damien Ashley, 460 gm
Angler of the Month was Damien Ashley with four species, on a countback from Pat Halverson.
Junior angler of the Month was Jack Riach with three species, also on a countback.
Because of the ongoing bush fire situation, our Christmas Barbecue which was to be held in late November was cancelled. The funds that were put aside for the event, were instead donated to the South West Rocks Rural Fire Service and the Kempsey Salvation Army. Each receiving $500.
Our annual Huge Fishing Competition will be held on the weekend of January 18 and 19.
This will be the 20th year it has been held. Prizes include, $500 for the largest Snapper and $500 for the largest Bream and for juniors (under 15) $150 for the largest Snapper and $150 for the largest Bream.
There are many other prizes, including secret weights, and total prize value is over $2,200. Information sheet and entry forms are available at the Hotel Bottle Shop and Rocks Marine Bait and Tackle on the corner of Landsborough Street and Memorial Avenue.
The information sheet will also be posted on our Facebook page.
Hope to see you there and good fishing.