The annual fishing competition was conducted on Sunday 28th October by the Recreational Boating Committee. The interested members were treated to a high profile guest speaker in David Kramer from “Talking Fishing” / Tackle World retail chain about ten days prior to the event. He spoke with knowledge and passion on a range of bay and fishing related topics and in summary reminded all how finicky the Snapper species can be! There were gift bags available for entrants containing terminal tackle, SYC hand towel and consumer education material.
Saturday 27th was quite dirty and uninviting, but with a suggestion that it might calm down for Sunday! Well it did to a degree, but the left over slop wasn’t very inspiring and the air and sea temperatures hardly encouraging, but most of the thirty three entrants fronted. Peter Turrell (Keep Scaling) was first to weigh in at the Ken King Centre with a fine specimen at 5.4 Kg. Thereafter there was little action except for three fish between three and four Kg., and a few novelty consolations.
Head Chef Kol started the afternoon activities with an interesting take on cooking and presenting Salmon. This got the juices flowing with the BBQ style lunch served following on. MC Bill Stubbs soon had Peter Turrell on his feet to accept the “Wayne Read Trophy”, and reminded us that in fact he was a fitting recipient in that he was instrumental in reviving the fishing comp. several years ago during his tenure as Rec. Boating Captain and that while he is a acknowledged Snapper specialist and a regular contributor, he had never clinched the major trophy previously! Bill also thanked Stuart Jackson and R-Marine for their continued and generous support and sponsorship.
Andrew Read, Paul Liddiatt and Dean Weissbacher filled the minor placings, Jamie Beck was best junior and George Shaw best catch from a yacht. So while the fish were very hard to find, the day was judged a great success thanks improving weather and the great social interaction of the gathered members and guests.