HANDFUL: Stephen Hannan wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 90-centimetre snapper hooked off Newcastle recently with fishing buddy and former Herald journalist Andrew ‘‘Fridge’’ Waugh, who was back in Australia on holidays from Canada. Call into Tackle Power Sandgate, at 53 Maitland Road, Sandgate, to collect your prize, mate. Don’t forget to bring a copy of the fishing page for verification. To enter Fish of the Week, email [email protected]南京夜网.au, or comment on the fishing blog at theherald南京夜网.auSYDNEY Game Fishing Club Team 2 have claimed provisional honours in the coveted team tag and release division in what is being hailed as one of the closest NSW Game Fishing Association Interclubs in memory.
After the second weekend of competition at Nelson Bay last weekend, the city slickers narrowly saluted with 170,509 points, ahead of Broken Bay GFC Team 1 (168,913 points) – or basically one tuna.
‘‘The last fish hooked won them the tournament,’’ NSWGFA president Gary Chenoweth said.
‘‘They hooked up in the silence period [10minutes before the official end of competition]. Dropped the first one and then tagged a second. Guys were hanging off the radio as it went down to the wire.’’
The capture competition was close too, with only 69points, or about three kilograms, separating winners Broken Bay from the Central Zone Composite team.
‘‘The comment’s been made that it was the closest and well fished Interclub for a long time,’’ Gary said.
‘‘There wasn’t a lot of fish there but it brought out the skill of the anglers.
‘‘When the striped marlins aren’t sitting on bait schools they have to change their tactics.’’
Newcastle and Port Stephens GFC president Peter Simpson said the conditions this year required anglers to apply a little more expertise to their fishing.
‘‘It’s just the way it goes with the currents and the water temps,’’ he said.
‘‘You needed to have a plan B if plan A didn’t work out.
‘‘But all in all it was a very exciting event.’’
Approximately 70 fish were tagged on the second weekend, including a pending NSW women’s record for a blue marlin (184.7kilograms) on 24-kilogram class line to Sydney GFC angler Alex Nuttal, fishing on Tantrum, Gary said.
‘‘There was a large number of blues about this year, rather than striped and black.’’
The standout story was Central Coast angler Scott Thorington fishing on Freedom.
‘‘He’s fished the tournament since 1983, and he’s one of Australia’s finest marlin tag and release fishos and he’s finally taken out champion boat,’’ Gary said.
‘‘We’re very proud of him down here.’’
Lake Macquarie angler Shaun Thornton, fishing on Bundy, had a good tournament, weighing the heaviest shark (359kilogram tiger) and taking out the male capture crown with 20359 points and also the highest point scoring capture angler with 24,791.58 points.
Newcastle GFC angler Bailey Blanche, fishing on Tycon, tagged and released the most sharks (two) and also took out the most tag and release points by a small fry.
Lake Macquarie GFC’s Brodie Smith, fishing on Finjutsu, won most tag and release points male angler, and junior/small fry angler.
Newcastle and Port Stephens GFC’s Amy McAndrew took the lady tag and release crown.
Lake boat Hammerhead tagged and released the most number of sharks.
Newcastle and Port Stephens GFC boat Gunrunner won champion boat tag and release in the 15-kilogram line class division.
For a full rundown on provisional results, go to nswgfa南京夜网.au.
The next game fishing tournament on the calendar is the Broken Bay Invitational on March 15 and 16.
‘‘After that we’ll start planning next year’s Blue Water Expo,’’ Gary said.
‘‘Wests Diggers at Nelson Bay have got on board and we’re going to make it more of a boat show thing in the first week of Interclub next year,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll have all the latest boats and gear on display, with lectures and demos,’’ he said.
‘‘It was good this year but next year we’re going to make it more of a full-on boat show to complement the fishing.’’
And just a footnote apology for mixing up Simmo and Gary in last week’s report. Peter is, of course, president of the Newcastle and Port Stephens GFC based at Nelson Bay.
Gary is the president of the NSW Game Fishing Association, which runs Interclub each year out of Nelson Bay.
The lines of communication got tangled in all the excitement.
Classic entries open
DON’T forget to get your entries in for the Twin Rivers Classic, which will be held up at Raymond Terrace on March 28 to 30.
The popular tournament, hosted by the Junction Inn Fishing Club and now in its ninth year, has great prizes on offer, fantastic social activities over the weekend and a share of the proceeds goes to Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Rego forms are available from H&D Mitre 10 at Heatherbrae, Tacklepower Sandgate or pop into the Junction Inn Bottleshop/Hotel – for a rego form, I mean.
Dolphin fish biting
THERE are plenty of dolphin fish about at the moment off Newcastle, according to Trevor Notley, from Sandy Bottom Boat Charters.
‘‘I got a couple just out the front on the Dumping Ground this week,’’ Trevor said.
‘‘Lots of them about, as well as flathead.
‘‘Otherwise it’s been pretty steady, nothing spectacular but I’ve been getting lots of fish.’’