Competition 23rd-24th November
The Rhyll-Phillip Island Angling Club had a long weekend of activity, hosting a community event and fishing competition between the 22nd and 24th of November. Fantastic Friday weather greeted Better Boating Victoria, Victorian Fisheries Authority and Maritime Safety Victoria to the clubroom, located adjacent to the boat ramp in the fishing village of Rhyll. A great opportunity to discuss needs and concept designs for ramp improvements, fishing education and boating safety. The angling club provided a sausage sizzle to the delight of locals, visitors, guests, boaters and anglers. For those who didn’t get a chance to attend and have a say about an improved facility, consultation closes on the 29th of November. Concept designs can be accessed and feedback provided by visiting: https://getinvolved.transport.vic.gov.au/rhyllboatramp
On the eve of the 4th fishing competition for the 2019/2020 season the club president, Albert Abram, said “take on board and embrace learning experiences about where the fish are biting”, to coincide with opening of Schoolies and the ongoing need for continuous learning. He quoted a recent mishap, where an angler embraced a seven-gill shark to get it onboard, receiving a bite to the finger. Clearly a learning experience, but slightly out of context.
The weekend-long fishing competition started on the 23rd of November and concluded at the close of weigh-in at 5:30 pm on Sunday. With an exclusion-zone around the cruise ship Golden Princess on Saturday, some hot-spots were inaccessible. The steady flow and proximity of tender boats, heading to and from Rhyll Jetty, forced anglers to seek alternate fishing grounds, which worked for some, but disappointed others. The wind increased in the afternoon and many retreated to the boat ramp, deciding to call it a day.
Fantastic conditions greeted anglers on Sunday and the bay was dotted with boats. “The early bird gets the worm” was the mantra for catching a feed, indeed an early start proved rewarding for most. A total of 59 fish and 3 sharks were presented to weigh-in masters, Norm Trickey and Sam Orr, over the weekend. Celebrating better weather, all categories of anglers were represented, and the post competition presentation was well attended. Achievements for the weekend were celebrated with a traditional post-competition meal for anglers and supporters. The exceptional talents and contributions of Jill Trickey, Len Bates, the weigh-in masters and all volunteers were acknowledged for a successful weekend of events. Another outstanding forum for current, new and prospective members to connect and share their passions.
The Bill Wallis Trophy and cash incentives for extraordinary catches provided additional motivation for members to participate in this weekend’s competition. The first to catch, members only, competition weekend incentives for five eligible species remain unclaimed. The nominated species for a first-to-catch $1,000 prize, for fish 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).
The Squidgies Mixed Bag competition, for participants aged nine or younger, was closely contested by two anglers. Kate McCausland excelled with a fun day Sunday, bagging 4 fish totalling 70 points, runner-up to reigning Squidgie Club Champion, Denver Firth. Denver went one better and was thrilled to catch 5 fish, totalling 85 points, for his second win of this season.
The Junior competition was dominated by Daisy Fusinato, demonstrating her prowess to win the Junior Weight and Junior Points competitions. Daisy was delighted and impressed all with a snapper weighing 655 grams and a King George whiting worth 686 points (245 grams).
Sam and Debra Orr got an early start, fishing with barely a slither of a waning moon, to take out the Senior Heaviest Weight contests. Sam fought, whilst Debra persuaded, snapper weighing 4,775 grams and 3,445 grams, respectively. Senior Points competitions were won by Pat Gleason and Leah Valente for presenting their catches to the weigh-in masters, a trevally worth 1,379 points (985 grams) and a King George whiting worth 1,176 points (420 grams), respectively. Rick Difuccio claimed the Senior Shark competition, and had a taste for flake, weighing in a gummy shark of 5,875 grams. Surprised for a second time by a 570 gram pinky snapper, Craig Baldock was elated to win the Secret Weight competition (secret weight 532 grams).
The Bill Wallis Trophy, for the highest aggregate of units from Weight and Points categories, was awarded to Sam Orr, with a total of 3,283 units. Sam was over the moon to finally get his name on the trophy.
The next competition will be held over the weekend of the 7th / 8th of December 2019.