Quite a catch: Pat Halverson – pictured with a prize winning bream at the Seabreeze Beach Hotel Fishing Club’s major competition last month – earned ‘angler of the month honours’ for FebruaryTHE Seabreeze Beach Hotel Fishing Club’s monthly outing and get-together was held at the beginning of this month, with conditions best described as ideal.
Those involved enjoyed clear skies, good tides and approachable sea conditions.
There were 112 nominationsand by the crowd it seems they were all there for the weigh-in and barbecue.
A total of 78.4kg of fish was presented to the weigh master.
Despite the ideal conditions, the fishing was a bit patchy, with a lot of water between the fish – especially for the outside anglers.
Perhaps by sheer weight of numbers, the inside section was quite productive, with all sections of the result sheet being filled.
There was a good contingent of junior anglers in attendance and generally the prizes were spread around the competitors as the results show.
Inside – the results of the seniors and ladies section were very much shared around.
Bream – senior – Ian Knox, 1.015kg; lady – Ethel Rowsell, 730g
Dusky flathead – senior – Peter Caldon, 2.290kg; lady – Cheryl Barber, 785g.
Whiting – senior – Bob Wright, 295g; lady – Joy Ashley, 280g.
Largest other – mulloway – Cheryl Barber, 4.160kg.
Angler of the month – Pat Halverson, with four species.
Although there were plenty of juniors in the competition, Max Mansfield dominated the results with a clean sweep of the boy’s section.
His results: bream, 350g, dusky flathead, 335g, whiting, 240g, dart, 290g and junior angler of the month with four species. Well done, Max.
There was a bit of competition between the girls with Erin Cook’s dusky flathead, 350g and whiting, 230g the winners, while Tiana Gee got the bream with a 450g specimen.
Outside – as mentioned the fishing was patchy, so much so that in the pearl perch and snapper sections, Narelle Bunt’s 865g snapper was the only winner.
Luckily, the pelagic fish were a little more co-operative.
Bruce Rowsell took out the seniors’ spotted mackerel with a 6.090kg specimen, while Narelle Bunt’s 5.075 kg fish was the ladies’ winner.
The Cook family was out on the briny over the weekend and the kids brought home the winners.
Brayden Cook won with a 4.985kg spotted mackerel, while his sister Erin weighed in a winning 6.130kg specimen.
Young Erin demonstrated a bit of versatility, taking out prizes in both the inside and outside sections.
A 7.660kg Spanish mackerel gave Col Barber the ‘largest other’ prize. This fish combined with the four “spotties” mentioned earlier made up almost half the gross weight for the weekend.
Narelle Bunt was outside angler of the month with five species, while Erin Cook was junior angler of the month.
Hopefully the next competition, to be held on the weekend of March 1 and 2, will be similarly blessed weather-wise and generate as much interest and competition as this month.
Outside of the fishing results there was a number of other aspects to our presentation afternoon.
There was a fundraising event for the Royal Far West Children’s’ Charity, at the Hotel, and the $400 proceeds of our fish raffle went to this cause.
Club president Barry Arigho presented a cheque for $500 to the South West Rocks Dragon Boat Club president, Sue Anfield, to help with the purchase of a new craft.
The club also announced receipt of a grant of $4350 from NSW Fisheries for a club-initiated habitat regeneration project in an area adjacent to the wall of the Macleay River.
This project will get underway in the near future.
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