Angling Competition 12-13th October, 2019

The second Rhyll-Phillip Island Angling Club fishing competition, for the 2019/2020 season, was held on the 12th and 13th of October. Saturday’s weather forecast was reasonably accurate, with winds from the east increasing in strength from fresh to strong. With the old adage “wind from the east, fish bite least” resonating with our anglers the expectations for big fish were low. A few persisted, however only 14 fish were presented to the weigh-in masters Sam Orr and Norm Trickey at weigh-in on Day 1.
The story changed on Sunday, with wind from the northeast decreasing from gentle to light. The water calmed, the sun appeared, and the fish came out to play. King George Whiting appeared in abundance at the weigh-in room, whilst expectations for big Snapper remained largely unfulfilled. In total, 53 fish and 1 shark were weighed-in for the competition weekend. The $5,000 incentives for members with extraordinary catches remains banked until the Club’s next competition. The five eligible species nominated for a first-to-catch $1,000 prize, equal to or exceeding the nominated weight, are: King George Whiting (1,000 grams), Snapper (10.0 kilograms), Gummy Shark (20.0 kilograms), Mulloway (25.0 kilograms) and Kingfish (25.0 kilograms).
On cue, the weather improved exponentially as the presentation of awards commenced. Our volunteer catering team, comprising Judy and Noel Macklin, Peter Kirwan and Mick Toovey excelled with the post-presentation barbecue, providing sustenance for members who were angling or supporting. Notes were compared and enthusiasm increases with the water temperature for a stonker-Snapper or kidney-slapping King George Whiting.
Denver Firth, our reigning Squidgie Club Champion, had a bag of 5 fish, totalling 75 points, taking honours in the Mixed Bag Points competition. Ryan Brett finished the day in second place with 2 fish, for a total of 40 points. Heath Womersley, the Junior Club Champion, paddled his kayak to productive grounds, surprising a Leather Jacket (445 grams) and a Stranger Whiting (940 points, 235 grams), claiming the Junior Weight and Junior Points competitions, respectively.
The Senior Heaviest Weight contests were won by Rick Difuccio, for a hit-and-run Barracouta weighing 1,470 grams, and Jill Trickey, for a Snapper of 1,090 grams, caught on a pippie and whiting rod, clearly enough to get the adrenaline pumping. The Senior Points competitions were won by Peter Cubeta, early in the day, and Debra Orr, in a comedy of errors, presenting King George Whiting worth 1,680 points (600 grams) and 1,386 points (495 grams), respectively. No stranger to toothless creatures, Don Rowe presented a lovely specimen of a Gummy Shark, weighing 5,860 grams, to win the Senior Shark competition. Brad Matindale presented a feisty Snapper, weighing 660 grams, to win the Secret Weight competition (secret weight 672 grams).
The next competition will be held over the weekend of 9th /10th of November 2019 and coincides with an interclub competition between Wonthaggi and Warragul Angling Clubs on the 9th of November. For further information about the club, competitions and rules, please visit the website: www.rpiac.com

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