Seabreeze Beach Hotel Fishing Club recently held their February competition which saw 88 nominated for the event, and 34 kilograms of fish presented to the Weigh Master.
The start of the new year tends to see a quick succession of Seabreeze Beach Hotel Fishing Club competitions, with the regular January competition followed by the annual Huge Fishing Competition, which is then followed by the next monthly competition.
With all this consistency it's not surprising that the elements contributed, with the last three weekend competitions all having one weather condition in common, nor-easters.
Although many fishing spots were impossible or very uncomfortable to fish, the beach and rock estuary fishers could find somewhere to wet a line but, for the outside anglers, it was a non-event.
The common estuary species of dusky flathead, whiting and bream made up the bulk of the catch, and most sections of the results sheet were accounted for.
Bob Shakespeare caught the biggest bream, for a senior, with a 955-gram specimen, while Margaret Wright won the ladies section with a 660-gram bream. Margaret also weighed in a 350 gram Whiting which won her that section.
The junior Bream prize went to "Tanunda" Josie Box with a credible 775-gram fish. The prize-winning 2.505 kg Dusky Flathead was weighed in by Ian Black while the ladies prize went to Sammy Walters with an 890-gram fish.
Junior girl angler, Olivia Wright, was 'full steam ahead' with her consistent winning streak. Olivia won the junior Dusky Flathead, Whiting and junior Angler of the Month with three species.
Not to be left out were the two keenest "big kids", Pat Halverson and Damien Ashley. Pat's 375-gram winning whiting earnt him a prize, while Damien won largest other with a 1.390-kilogram trevally and senior Angler of the Month with six species.
Although the crowd at the weigh-in, barbecue and presentation were not massive and the 34 kg total was not record-breaking the atmosphere at the event had its usual positive vibe with the weather a talking point and, of course, the usual 'one that got away stories'.
Seabreeze Beach Hotel Fishing Club will take a rest for a few weeks, and look to hold their next competition February 29 to March 1.
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