Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club battle poor weather

Photo: Corrie Ambrose.
Photo: Corrie Ambrose.

The weather was not good for last weekend’s venue, however three boats and nine anglers decided to tame the strong sea breeze, but everyone was forced to hide behind the islands most of the day which made the catch total very low. 

The venue champion angler was Tyson Tate and Thomas Tate was Champion Junior again. The Champion Boat was Tyson and Thomas as well.

The heaviest fish weighed in was a 4.35 kilogram queen snapper caught by John King. With the small amount of anglers there were two multiple species winners being Tyson Tate – heaviest herring, skipjack, squid, flathead and sand whiting and John King – heaviest breaksea cod, queen snapper and red snapper.  

The other species winner was Ash Newton - heaviest wrasse, Thomas Tate – heaviest sweep and beaudi hill – heaviest snook. A good sign was that all but four species were caught in bad weather conditions and close to shore. 

The Tatey’s Fishing World 50-point jackpot species being the heaviest blue fin tuna was not won and it has jackpotted to $175 at the next venue for the heaviest shark. The winners of the money wheel were John King who pocketed $20 for the heaviest breaksea cod and also a six pack of beer for the boat draw. Tyson and Thomas Tate were the other winners. The Southern Sports & Tackle mug of the month has jackpotted to $40 at the January venue for the heaviest samson fish. 

The next fish and chip night will be on Friday, January 11 and the next venue will be on Sunday, January 13. 

It’s not long until next year’s Offshore Classic so you will need a lot of gear to compete. Make sure you visit our sponsors and stock up for Christmas. 

Calm seas and great fishing.