February 3-4th, 2019 Competition

Expectations were high for the 7th 2018/2019 Rhyll Phillip Island Angling Club fishing competition held over the 2nd/3rd of February.  Warm weather, partnered with a refreshing breeze, provided ideal conditions for dipping a line in the water.  The water temperature in Western Port hovered around 23 degrees Celsius, conducive to increased marine life activity and predictions for a fish feeding frenzy.  Whilst some competitors achieved personal bests others struggled to reel in eligible species.  A total of 48 fish and 4 sharks were weighed in and the post competition presentation at the Clubroom revealed valuable insights for future success and a few fishy tales.  Another outstanding event celebrated by members, friends, family, visitors and the Phillip Island community.

Considering the early morning starts and sporadic activity at the weigh-in room one young enthusiast shone and affirmed his fish wrangling ability.  Perhaps the most successful of the weekend, Denver Firth, weighed in 5 fish totalling 80 points, winning the Squidgie Mixed Bag Points competition and acknowledgement from his peers.

A model of consistency, Heath Womersley was coy about his technique and fishing hotspots, winning the Junior Weight and Junior Points competitions.  Heath produced the goods, weighing in a 295 gram Flathead and a Sand Whiting worth 810 points (135 grams).

The Senior Heaviest Weight Competition was won by Stan Mitchell, with a massive Rock Flathead weighing 2,640 grams, and Helen Izzard, fishing just above the bottom, to hooking a Mackerel of 590 grams.  The Senior Points Competition was won by Chris Leonardos, fishing deep water to retrieve a King George Whiting worth 1,274 points (455 grams).  Helen Izzard completed the weekend double, also winning the Senior Points Competition, with a best in class King George Whiting worth 1,358 points (485 grams).  Ron Soolsma produced a Gummy Shark weighing 2,150 grams, winning the Senior Shark Competition.  Sharing the winning feeling, Wayne Izzard weighed in a Whiting of 405 grams to win the Secret Weight Competition (secret weight 412 grams).

The next competition will be held over the weekend of 16th/17th of February 2019.  For further information about the club and competitions please visit the website:  www.rpiac.com

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