Samson Fish sees King take top catch

Photo: Supplied.

Photo: Supplied.

Anglers could do nothing but watch on as weather conditions went from extremely sloppy offshore to a millpond in the afternoon during the Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club's May Fishing Venue.

The morning weather saw boats hide behind islands until the seas moderated and allowed them to venture out into the open.

Just four boats and nine anglers braved strong winds to compete in the monthly fishing venue.

Results for Champion Anglers and Boat have now become silent until the Presentation Night in June, however, Mark Haberecht and Mike Spencer stood out from the rest and dominated the results.

Tom Tate took out Champion Junior again, enjoying a great day fishing in the bay out of the wind.

The heaviest fish, a Samson Fish, was caught by John King and weighed in at a whopping 13.29kg.

Despite the small number of anglers, there were several species winners including Mark Haberecht with heaviest Breaksea Cod, Harlequin, Sweep and Wrasse, Mike Spencer with heaviest Queen Snapper, Red Snapper and Swallowtail, Tyson Tate with heaviest Leatherjacket and Sand Whiting, Nigel Worth with the heaviest Flathead, Skipjack and Herring jointly with John McCrea.

McCrea also caught the Heaviest Squid, which was just off the club record.

Despite the weather, fourteen of the fifteen species were caught demonstrating just how good the fishery is in Esperance.

The Tateys Fishing World 50 Point Jackpot Species was not won and has instead been jackpotted to $225 for the June venue event for the Heaviest Shark.

The winners of the Money Wheel were Nigel Worth, Mark Haberecht, John McCrea and John King who won a Six Pack of Beer for the Boat Draw.

The Southern Sports & Tackle Mug of the Month Jackpot of $60 was won by Mike Spencer which capped off a great first day fishing for the "Accrued Interest" Crew.

The next Fish and Chip Night will be on Friday, June 7, and the next venue will be on Sunday, June 9.

The Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club has also been nominated as a finalist in the Community Special Projects Award at the WA Annual Industry Awards.

The nomination is in recognition of the work on the Artificial Reef and the installation of Angel Rings and Rock Bolts along the South East Coast, as well as our Annual Fishing Classic.

The Award Ceremony will be held on June 29 in Perth.

Calm seas and great fishing.