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Fishing Field Day Report, Rottnest - August 2005

Last weekend the weather was fantastic, this weekend the weather was even better, so what happened to the one in between on 13 - 14 August 2005 when we went to Rottnest?.

I know it is winter and all but I don't think it was necessary to dump such a bucket on us just because we were going to Rottnest. I've been fishing with the club for only a few years but I would say that was the worst conditions that I have ever fished. It also coincided with Vix and I taking our bikes over to explore more of the island, well it was good exercise anyway.

Twelve mad souls fronted up on the Saturday morning for the ferry ride which wasn't too bad, all things considered. The interesting stuff came later in the day with strong winds and rising swell. All (except us) elected to fish West End which was a good decision in hindsight as the wind at that time was from the north giving them a little shelter. Even so not very many places were fishable especially in the early afternoon while the tide was still up.

The Club owns an air conditioned holiday house at Kalbarri which is available for rent to the public and club members at competitive rates

It is usual for the group to fish Radar late in the day in time for the yellowtail kings and tailor to make an appearance. Even though the tide had fallen the swell was still pushing significant amounts of water over the reef later in the day. This deterred all but two of our group who took a bit of a battering with little to show for their efforts apart for a couple of busted rigs.

Having paid the extra fare for our bikes, Vix and I were not going to leave them at the chalets so off we pedaled into an uncertain blustery afternoon. The south of the island was the only option for Saturday so we fished from the Natural Jetty around to Henrietta Rocks with little more than a few whiting and tarwhine.

Saturday night the weather really put on a wintry show with strong winds and driving rain which may have been one of the reasons that there were very few occupants of the bus the next morning. Or was it the result of the few drinks we all had celebrating Tony's birthday, which was complete with champagne, cake and balloons compliments of Filomena. As the day wore on the conditions improved, so by the time we caught the ferry home the conditions would have been excellent, we were just a day too early.

The main catch for the weekend was herring, although not in huge numbers. The rest of the catch was made up of skippy, tarwhine, blackfish and a couple of snook. Tony and Peter Osborne worked hard for their full quota of fish. Tony secured the heaviest scale fish section with a chunky slackfish of 1.5kgs. Peter then collected the heaviest bag section with his mixed bag of around 5kgs.

Although it is always good to get away fishing, one could question the sanity of fishing this particular weekend but that's fishing, sometime you win, other times you just have to your scratch your head.

Hopefully the next field day which is on the 24 -26 September at S-Bend will be more comfortable and the fishing more rewarding.

Hope to see you there next time. Malcolm Harris, Field Day Officer.

Species caught on this Field Day were:- herring, skippy, wrasse, whiting (other), western rock blackfish, tarwhine, snook, leather jacket.


Results for the August 2005 Field Day.

AnglerWeightSpeciesFishTotal Points
Tony D'Alonzo 9.675 kg630206.75
Peter Osborne 5.3 kg430143
Tony Ong 3.825 kg417118.25
Grant Taggart 2.85 kg412108.5
Dale Coates 1.575 kg3495.75
Bradley Zaknich 1.45 kg3584.5
Ian Cook 0.25 kg1162.5
Vix Alexander 0.1 kg1161
Malcolm Harris 00050
Spencer King 00050
Ian Taggart 00040
George Holman 00020
Josh Lucocq 00020
John Romano 00020
Paul Thompson 00020

Sportsperson of the Year Sections for August 2005.

Best Scale FishTony D'AlonzoWestern Rock Blackfish 1.525 kg
Best Bag of Scale fish Tony D'Alonzo Mixed Bag9.775 kg

Field Day Prizes for August 2005.

Best Scale FishTony D'AlonzoWestern Rock Blackfish 1.525 kg
Best Bag of Scale fish Peter Osborne Mixed Bag5.3 kg

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