Its all systems go is the rec fishing world of NSW. So much so my head hurts.
But lets focus on our monthly 48 hour competition and social meet. Saturday was the pick of the two days to get out and get a feed with the weather favoring the fishing.
Let's get straight to business and announce this months 48 hour competition winners. -Sub-Junior champion - none submitted
-Junior champion - Ripley Lawrence with a fantastic 56.5cm Australian Salmon and to top it off her very first time fishing and first fish!
-Junior Spearfishing champion - none submitted
-Senior Spearfishing champion - none submitted
-Estuary champion - Dean Heycox with a Bream of 36cm
-Salty Landbased champion (Rock and Beach) - Dean Heycox with a cracka Snapper going 69.8cm
-Kayak champion - none submitted
Saltwater champion - Dylan Curtis with a solid 63cm Blue Groper, well done Dill!
Random species draw - Leather Jacket, awarded to Stephen Roberts with the only Leather Jacket for the weekend, the lucky jacket Robbo.
We had plenty of families get out and fish but unfortunately couldn't make it to the social meet due to Father's day commitments.
It is very encouraging to see our membership growth, averaging 6-8 people a week, we welcome our new members that came to the social meet Justin along with his daughter Callie and junior champion Ripley. It's Great for our club the Euro Fishing Association, great for ANSA NSW but not so great for the membership officers Adam James Martin and Pat Ashbury which means more work but we love what we do!
We also handed out some new ANSA NSW state records to Jem Abbott, Matthew Jansen and Donni Gonzalez. We still have one more to hand out hopefully next weekend that is if they have finished moving house😉.
You may notice a change in the reporting and awarding of the 48 hour competition, this is because it gives a more even chance for our members to be the potential winners instead of the same people every month. Once we explained it to the members they understood the reasoning and were happy to roll with it. Remember, we are about having fun, being a social bunch and are still in the designing phase of the club portion of the EFA.
A new development with our website. Long story short our SCMB website is getting rebuilt and so we have decided to take advantage of this and change it into our EFA website with all our current and future annual events also on the website. Exciting times ahead especially once we have the live scoreboard and app to use.
Our annual camping trip is next month with the main days 5th-7th of October at Mystery Bay camping grounds. Adam will get there early on Friday to secure the site. We are also debating whether to hold our monthly 48 hour competition at the camping trip, we will let you know. However, if we hold our monthly competition a week earlier it will be the long weekend and there is another competition on at the same time that some of our members may want to attend. Stay tuned.
Our Gone Fishing Day event is next month, held on the 14th of October. Stay tuned as we will be advertising very soon. It will be a great day displaying a united army of people all over Australia enjoying the largest recreational activity in the nation.
We are working on some massive projects that will be unveiled in the coming months and years. November 2019 we plan to have a very special event that will be an Eurobodalla and South Coast first. In 2020 we have two game changing events which will be another first for the Eurobodalla and South Coast. We are also spearheading the advocacy with regards to the Batemans Marine Park review and rec fishing infrastructure. The support received from all the other clubs, organisations and businesses standing with us shoulder to shoulder is amazing. More on that to come once we go public.
Work has already started for next year's South Coast Mighty Bonanza Fishing Competition. A different better location and some much needed improvements!
So as you can see we are flat out like a leather jacket eating a strip bait.
Before we finish up this post we would like to thank Anthony James Stokman of Compleat Angler Batemans Bay and Daniel Crooke of Smokey Dan's Restaurant and Bar with sponsorship and hosting. We must not forget our long time sponsors Cameron's H Hardware Batemans Bay, Cameron's H Hardware Moruya, Trussworx Moruya, Batemans Bay Auto Detailing, Red Door Real Estate, Smart Window Solutions, Batemans Bay Power and Sail, South Coast Superior Decks, SHIMANO Australia Fishing and Garmin Marine.
Without these long time loyal sponsors the EFA could not hold monthly and annual events nor our advocacy work. Please show your support by supporting these businesses.
If you have any questions or want more information don't hesitate to send us a private message. Remember, tight lines, sharp spears and don't put your life on the line while out enjoying fishing. Adam Martin