5-6th February, 2022 Angling Competition

The Yukers Group, a talented band of musicians, played and sang with the east wind to delight all at the Rhyll-Phillip Island Angling Club (RPIAC) on Friday.  The event brought new faces, good vibrations and smiles to the area on the eve of the resumption of the 6th RPIAC 2021/2022 angling competition season.

Despite a weather forecast of sunshine and daytime temperatures in the mid-to-high 20’s, on the 5th and 6th of February, the easterly winds discouraged many anglers.  The adage “wind from the east, fish bite least” dissuaded some anglers, however other enthusiasts embraced lumpy conditions from land and water to test their mettle.  The Rhyll boat ramp webcam confirmed parking was available to those wanting a closer look, either to experience the whitecaps or the brief periods of calm.  Otherwise, there were opportunities to seek shelter from the wind and try to catch the elusive east beast feast.

The RPIAC’s Extraordinary Catch Incentives for eligible species, caught by members on competition weekends, remain banked.  None of these $1000 first-to-catch prizes have been claimed this season, although many are optimistic about catching an eligible species that equals or exceeds the nominated weight: King George Whiting (1000 grams), Snapper (10.0 kilograms), Gummy Shark (20.0 kilograms), Mulloway (25.0 kilograms) and Kingfish (25.0 kilograms).

At the 5:30 pm Sunday conclusion of weigh-in, at the RPIAC clubrooms, a total of 23 fish were recorded by Russell Gallagher, the RPIAC weigh-in master.  The eligible species included pinkie snapper, King George whiting, flathead, salmon, and trevally.  This weekend’s competition prizes were sponsored by Bendigo Bank’s Community Bank Cowes and the post-competition presentation gave anglers and supporters an opportunity to reengage and share some fishy tales and shared interests.  Ron Soolsma’s Sunday sausage sizzle was supported by Baker’s Delight Cowes and was enjoyed by all.

Tom Grogan persisted in his weekend fishing quest and was awarded with a participation certificate for his tireless efforts in the Squidgie category, for anglers aged nine and under.  The reigning Squidgie Club Champion, Denver Firth, impressed with a mixed bag of 4 fish, worth 70 points, and was awarded with the first prize.  The Junior Weight and Junior Points competitions were a clean sweep for Isabella Bland, who kept fishing in lacklustre conditions to finally triumph with a snapper of 480 grams and a King George whiting worth 714 points (255 grams), respectively.

The Senior Heaviest Weight competitions were won by Duncan Firth and Carrianne Peatey, weighing in a pair of snapper of 670 grams and 545 grams, respectively.  King George whiting were the species responsible for victories in the Senior Points competitions, Pat Gleeson had the best of the weekend, worth 1596 points (570 grams), and Carrianne Peatey’s was also worthy, scoring 1176 points (420 grams).  The Senior Shark competition was uncontested.  The Secret Weight prize was awarded to Kate Jinette, for transforming a disappointing 255-gram King George whiting (secret weight 262 grams) into a prize winner.

The RPIAC clubroom is located adjacent to the Rhyll boat ramp and is open to members and visitors on Fridays (from 5 pm) and competition weekends coinciding with weigh in.  The next angling competition will be held over the weekend of the 19th / 20th of February 2021.  For further information about the club, events, competitions, and rules, please visit the website:  www.rpiac.com

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