Busy time for Esperance's deep sea anglers

The heaviest fish weighed in was a 8.71 kilogram queen snapper, which was caught by Kaylem Tate

Mike Spencer

Finally the weather gods allowed anglers to venture out wide and get into some quality fishing before the sea breeze strengthened and forced boats back closer to shore.

Anthony Timms (left) and Ricky Grant with their great catch of Pink Snapper.

Anthony Timms (left) and Ricky Grant with their great catch of Pink Snapper.

Breakdowns for a couple of boats occurred but everyone made it back safely to shore as other members helped.

Thanks to them for sacrificing their own fishing to help other members with their problems.

Numbers increased with eight boats and 20 anglers and all of them weighed fish.

The champion male for the venue was Ricky Grant who had a day out catching a number of good fish as well as scoring the $100 jackpot for his pink snapper catch.

Together with Anthony Timms, they were also champion boat.

No ladies ventured out this month and Thomas Tate was again champion junior.

The heaviest fish weighed in was a 8.71 kilogram queen snapper, which was caught by Kaylem Tate and also won him the $60 jackpot and $20 monthly prize.

It was a good pickup for him.

The multiple species winners were Ted Tate – heaviest flathead, swallowtail and sand whiting and Ricky Grant for heaviest squid and red snapper.

Rob Young took out the heaviest wrasse and leatherjacket and president Phil Doney who won the heaviest herring and sweep.

Other winners were Nigel Worth for heaviest queen snapper, Kaylem Tate for heaviest samson fish, Thomas Tate for heaviest breaksea cod and John King for heaviest snook.

The Tateys Tackleworld 50 Point Jackpot Species was the heaviest pink snapper which was won by Ricky Grant.

The Jackpot Money Wheel of $60 for a samson fish was won by Kaylem Tate and winners of the money wheel were Rob Young and Ted Tate.

The Southern Sports & Tackle Mug of the Month went to Thomas Tate for the heaviest breaksea cod.

It is only three weeks before the 2018 EDSAC Offshore Classic and the club is desperately looking for volunteers to help over the three days.

If anyone has spare time, and they do not have to be a member, contact Murray at Southern Sports and Tackle or Brett Thorp at Thorp Realty. The main volunteer who is being sought is a person or persons who can run the canteen on the Saturday and Sunday.

The next fish and chip night will be on Friday, March 9, and this in conjunction with the Classic.

Only fish and chip boxes will be sold on the night so there is no need to bring salads.

It was a day of calm seas and great fishing.

The Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club will hold the annual Archipelago Offshore Classic from Friday March 9 until March 11.

All events will take place at the Club, with a $10 fish and chips social night from 6.30pm Friday. Saturday’s competition begins at 3pm sharp, with a skippers briefing, safety briefing and Calcutta.

Sunday will be an early morning start, with entrants expected to begin at 6.30am and sign off by 3pm. The final weigh in and presentations will commence at 4pm.