Angling Competition 6-7th February, 2021
Few were optimistic, the weather forecast for the 7th Rhyll-Phillip Island Angling Club (RPIAC) angling competition of the 2020/2021 season promised wind, cloud cover and a possibility of showers. Indeed, the conditions mirrored the forecast, wind came mainly from the north-west on Saturday veering south-west for Sunday. Each day had an abundance of cloud with occasional showers with Saturday best for most anglers.
Of course, those who sheltered from the wind and rain had a more comfortable day and enthusiasts that ventured to the water caught more fish. Again, reports confirmed an abundance of juvenile snapper often mixing with the occasional King George whiting, flathead, mackerel or mullet. Consistent with all angling quests, there were stories of both triumph and disappointment. A total of 22 eligible species were presented for weigh-in and the competition concluded at the close of weigh-in at 5:30 pm on Sunday.
Whilst the club records for extraordinary catches are reaching new limits, the cash prizes for the members only, competition weekend incentives remain banked. Four species are still eligible for a first-to-catch prize of $1,000, where fish must equal or exceed the nominated weight: King George Whiting (1,000 grams), Snapper (10.0 kilograms), Gummy Shark (20.0 kilograms) and Kingfish (25.0 kilograms).
The post-competition presentation celebrated the efforts of anglers, volunteers and members who continue to support the angling club with the COVID Safe measures in place. The trying conditions favoured the keen, particularly in the Squidgie Mixed Bag competition, for budding anglers aged nine and under. Reigning Squidgie Club Champion, Denver Firth exuded confidence and satisfaction, presenting 3 fish for weigh-in, rewarded with 60 points and the prize for first place. The Junior Weight and Junior Points competitions, for anglers aged 10 to 16, were uncontested this weekend and present more opportunities to advance before the season closes.
The Senior Heaviest Weight competitions were won by Pat Gleeson and Carrianne Peatey, each weighing in snapper of 1,135 grams and 515 grams, respectively. King George whiting were the fish of choice in the Senior Points competitions, won by Duncan Firth for a respectable catch worth 1,470 points (525 grams), and Carrianne Peatey to claim the weekend’s double with a specimen worth 1,120 points (400 grams). The Senior Shark competition was uncontested, whilst the Secret Weight prize was awarded to Leah Valente for her 260-gram mackerel (secret weight 295 grams).
The next angling competition is scheduled for the weekend of the 20th / 21st of March 2021. For further information about the club, events, competitions and rules, please visit the website: www.rpiac.com