Sunshine and smiles all around. The June 2017 monthly competition attendance was probably the best we have seen this year. Members were happy to see so many juniors weighing in their catches and taking the initiative to make sure their catch went straight onto ice so their fish was in great shape for the table.
The past couple of weeks has seen many points of interest for the recreational fishing community within the Eurobodalla and Region 5 with a few more exciting events coming up very soon.
We had Simon Trippe from the Underwater Skindivers and Fishermen's Association - USFA conduct a spearfishing safety workshop at Compleat Angler Batemans Bay with many attending that included a large number of interested school aged kids.
From there we had Andrew Constance MP get behind the Artificial Reef submission that the ten fishing clubs of the Eurobodalla produced and his office created an online petition to help promote this grand proposal. If you haven't yet signed the petition it takes all of 15 seconds and can be done at this link. Friday morning the club was excited to bring the South Coast Mighty Bonanza Fishing Competition Facebook page and website online that our webmaster Dejana Giatras is creating. The SCMB is now the largest family friendly competition on the south coast. More content will be added over the next couple of weeks to show you the fantastic prizes and events in store. Visit the new website at www.scmb.com.au
Saturday evening in the Eurobodalla rec fishers were given the opportunity to attend a workshop conducted by NSW DPI Fisheries officers Ian Osterloh and Mick Gamble with a tackle talk by our tackle brethren Anthony James Stokman. I received a great deal of positive feedback from the workshop and will make sure I pass on the commendation to the three speakers in the hope to have more workshops held on the South Coast.
A special thanks to AutoPro Batemans Bay for sponsoring this months Junior's prizes, they will now not trip over in the dark. We can not forget our ever reliable tackle brethren Anthony James Stokman from the best tackle store in the northern Eurobodalla; Compleat Angler Batemans Bay, for locating the bargain headlamps.
On with the results for June's monthly competition.
Species out of the bag were, 1. Snapper, 2. Nannygai and 3. Kingfish.
1. Snapper was awarded to Brendan Winnell weighing a Snapper at 1.270kg 2. Nannygai was awarded to Tom Cargill weighing a Nannygai at 330 grams 3. Kingfish, none weighed.
The Junior Cock of the Walk was awarded to Tom Cargill with a fine Australian Salmon weighing 1.360 kg
The Rock, Beach and Estuary Cock of the Walk was awarded to none other than Dale Evans with a Bream of 620 grams.
The Blue Water Cock of the Walk was awarded to Penni Lee Boudet with a respectable Bonito of 2.110 kg.
The Spearfishing Overall Cock of the Walk was awarded to Matt Deards securing 339.8 points.
The Angling Overall Cock of the Walk was awarded to Penni Lee Boudet with her Bonito.
Congratulations to all!
On a personal note, I am glad to see that the members are starting to accept the new additions to the club seeing the need for change that is socially and conversationally acceptable. I have spoken to numerous members and even members of the public expressing their observations of how well the different rec fishing facets are working together to create a stronger club, a force to be reckoned with.
Don't forget our next social meet to be held on June 14th in Harry's Bar at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. We will discuss further on the proposed fishing shirts, affiliation with the USFA & ANSA and any points the members would like raised at the AGM held in July.
Don't forget the very sociable fishing competition held by our good friends the Malua Bay Fishing Club this June Long Weekend. Registration will be held Friday evening at the Malua Bay Bowling club. If you can't make it to the rego thats ok, Anthony James Stokman, Len Mumme and myself will be eating and drinking at the Malua Club and will be able to get your registration in for you by calling my mobile on 0418570131.
Tight Lines and Sharp Spears.