NEARLY the ultimate weather conditions greeted the six boats and 15 anglers that participated in the April venue last Sunday.
This enabled boats to travel to areas that haven’t been fished for a long time and the excellent catches certainly were welcomed.
All species were caught which shows how good the Esperance fishery is and how it is maintained by everyone.
This was shown by the number of Westralian dhufish that were caught by members on the day.
This species do not get caught very often and is evident that the Leeuwin current is still flowing strong from the west.
Champion male for the venue will be between Ricky Grant and John McCrea, however several other anglers will be close based on the number of species caught.
Jess Tate was the champion lady and Thomas Tate was again champion junior, but only just from Kaylem Tate.
Champion boat is still being calculated, but it’s likely to be between Tyson Tate, Ricky Grant and Nigel Worth.
The heaviest fish weighed in was a 17.52-kilogram samson fish caught by Ricky Grant.
There were multiple species winners being John McCrea – heaviest breaksea cod, harlequin, red snapper, Ricky Grant - heaviest samson fish and swallowtail, Kaylem Tate – heaviest skipjack, snook and sand whiting, Tyson Tate heaviest flathead and squid, Mike Spencer – heaviest leatherjacket and queen snapper and Mark Haberecht – herring, wrasse and he shared the heaviest sweep with Nigel Worth.
The Tateys Tackleworld 50-point jackpot species being the heaviest other tuna was not won and it has jackpotted to $40 next venue.
The money wheel jackpot for $40 for a skipjack was won by Kaylem Tate and if he had caught it at last month’s Classic it would had won him $500.
The other winners of the money wheel were Mike Spencer, Mark Haberecht and Nigel Worth.
The Southern Sports & Tackle mug of the month was Tyson Tate with a boat draw.
The next social trip is out to Seal Creek on April 13.
Hopefully weather conditions can help us launch the boats off the beach so we can have a fish around Middle Island.
If not, it will be postponed until the next weekend.
For details of the event contact Mike Spencer or Brett Thorp.
The next fish and chip night will be on Friday, May 11 and the next venue will be on Sunday, May 13.
Calm seas and great fishing.