WITH the advised strong wind warning not occurring until the afternoon last Sunday, members utilised the new inshore fishing format for this month’s venue.
This meant that boats were only able to venture out to a line between Cape Le Grande and Observatory Point and be back to Bandy Creek by 12.30pm.
This worked very well as everyone was back onshore before the breeze picked up and we were able to have the venue for the six boats and 14 anglers that turned up.
The downside was that the larger species were not caught, but safety is always the club’s first concern.
The champion male for the venue is a three-way battle between John King, Tyson Tate and Ricky Grant. The champion lady was Jess Tate and Thomas Tate was champion junior.
The champion boat is still being calculated, however it will be a close affair between Ricky Grant and John King as well.
The heaviest fish weighed in was a 4.47 kilogram queen snapper caught by Mike Spencer.
The multiple species winners were Nigel Worth – heaviest leatherjacket and wrasse; Ricky Grant - heaviest sand whiting and flathead; John King - heaviest breaksea cod, harlequin and swallowtail.
The other winners were Mike Spencer - heaviest queen snapper; Kaylem Tate – heaviest herring; Tyson Tate – heaviest red snapper; Bob McCrea – heaviest snook; and Rob Tate together with Mark Haberecht caught the heaviest sweep.
The Tatey’s Tackleworld 50-point jackpot species being the heaviest salmon was not won and has jack potted to $100 for the next venue.
The new prize fish required to be caught is a pink snapper.
Winners of the money wheel were Ricky Grant and John King who were both spun up twice.
The Southern Sports & Tackle mug of the month has jack potted to $40 for the heaviest samson fish.
Don’t forget it is only eight weeks before the 2018 Esperance Deep Sea Anglers Club Offshore Classic so make sure you get your leave pass from your partner.
And of course you will need a new fishing rod and reel from one of the club’s sponsors to catch the big one with.
The next fish and chip night will be on Friday, February 9 with doors opening at 6.30pm.
Remember, if you are bringing a crowd make sure you bring along extra salads to share.
Calm seas and great fishing.