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).