6-7th November Angling Competition
The Rhyll-Phillip Island Angling Club (RPIAC) welcomed members and visitors back to the club rooms for the 3rd fishing competition of the 2021/2022 season. The competition, held over the 6th and 7th of November, embraced warm and humid conditions, and celebrated the return of big snapper to the area. Finally, RPIAC also had the opportunity to close-out the previous season, by concluding the reverse-draw, presenting awards, and congratulating all senior competitors.
Members and visitors were welcomed to Sunday’s post-competition presentation, with sausages sizzled by Ron Soolsma and beverages bestowed by Len Bates, giving attendees a chance to see each other without masks. Of course, the indoor capacity limit of 25 people applied so many welcomed the opportunity to catch up and enjoy the view and presentations from outside instead.
As the last 20 names were pulled from the reverse-draw, anguish, laughter and commiserations followed until the last name was drawn and Carrianne Peatey was stunned to be called as the winner. Trophies to Senior Female Club Champions were announced for Debra Orr (3rd place, 10956 units) and Leah Valente (2nd place, 12648 units) and presented to Carrianne Peatey (1st place, 14008 units). The Senior Male Club Champion trophies were announced for Pat Gleeson (3rd place, 17704 units) and presented to Duncan Firth (2nd place, 21979 units) and Chris Leonardos (1st place, 41418 units).
With recent reports of huge Snapper entering the bay, the $5,000 incentives for members with extraordinary catches, during a competition weekend, remains in the bank. The five eligible species nominated for each first-to-catch $1,000 prize, by equalling 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).
A total of 35 fish and 1 shark were presented for weigh-in, ensuring weigh-in master Russell Gallagher could tabulate results and determine the weekend’s winners in a timely manner. Fortunately, the weather surpassed the forecast and there were many opportunities to chase fish. Again, timing and location appeared to be crucial and most of the big fish were caught on Sunday “from the water”.
The Squidgie Mixed Bag competition, for anglers aged 9 or younger, congratulated Zachary Gomm with second place after catching a King George whiting worth 20 points. The first place was awarded to Denver Firth, the reigning Squidgie champion, after catching 3 fish (Couta, Salmon and King George whiting), for a total of 50 points. The weekend’s Junior competition, for anglers aged 10 to 16, saw Brinkley Nicolaci claim the Junior Weight prize for a snapper weighing 1770 grams. The Junior Points prize was awarded to Pheonix Firth for a King George whiting worth 1428 points (510 grams).
The Senior Heaviest Weight contests were presented to the determined and ecstatic duo, Steve Bland and Kate Jinnette, presenting eye-bulging snapper weighing 5740 grams and 4375 grams, respectively. The Senior Points competitions were won by Peter Cubeta and Tenille Preddice, for a pair of chunky King George whiting worth 1596 points (570 grams) and 1582 points (565 grams), respectively. The Senior shark competition recognised James Nicolaci, who triumphed in a battle with a gummy shark, weighing 4280 grams, to claim the prize. Duncan Firth won the Secret Weight competition for a prize-worthy King George whiting, weighing 565 grams, to win the Secret Weight competition (secret weight 626 grams).
The next competition will be held over the weekend of the 20th / 21st of November 2021, where angling members will compete for the Bill Wallis trophy. For further information about the club, competitions and rules, please visit the website: www.rpiac.com