Competition 16-17th March
The water in Western Port bubbled like a spa bath for the 10th 2018/2019 Rhyll Phillip Island Angling Club fishing competition held over the 16th and 17th of March. With calm conditions, blue skies and a water temperature hovering around 18 °C, fish were literally jumping out of the water to be noticed. Indeed, the fish were plentiful and eligible species included King George whiting, Salmon, Mackerel, Flathead, Snapper and sharks. Anglers presented a total of 51 fish and 3 sharks to the weigh-in masters and gathered with members, friends, family and visitors for the post competition presentation, on Saint Patrick’s Day, at the clubroom.
Without doubt, Madison Memery was in the right place at the right time, weighing in 5 fish totalling 80 points, and winning the Squidgie Mixed Bag Points competition. Runner-up, Cooper Izzard, had a lot to smile about weighing in 3 fish for 55 points, and Denver Firth also had fun, weighing in 2 fish for 35 points.
No stranger to wetting a line, Heath Womersley, won the Junior Weight competition after weighing in a Mackerel of 260 grams. Daisy Fusinato enjoyed some time on the water, weighing in a feisty King George whiting worth 882 points (315 grams), to win the Junior Points competition.
The key to winning the Senior Heaviest Weight Competition was to attract a chunky Salmon, as demonstrated by Rick Difuccio and Debra Orr, weighing in fish of 1,240 grams and 880 grams, respectively. King George whiting was the species that everyone wanted and Debra Orr had the biggest for the weekend, winning the Senior Points competition, with an impressive specimen worth 1,624 points (580 grams). A model of consistency, Chris Leonardos, was the other winner of the Senior Points competition, presenting a King George whiting worth 1,554 points (555 grams). Peter Cubeta certainly had a workout after hooking and retrieving a 7 Gill Shark weighing 22,200 grams, winning the Senior Shark Competition. Norm Trickey weighed in an athletic Flathead of 190,000 milligrams (190 grams) and was thrilled to win the Secret Weight Competition (secret weight 160 grams).