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Mandurah 500 Fishing Field Day - January 2003.

January's field day was planned to coincide with the AAA run Sunsmart Mandurah 500 family fishing promotion. 17 club members signed on for both competitions for what promised to be some good fishing close to home.

Going on the weather that had preceded the event, an afternoon sea breeze and a balmy evening was expected. Wrong, one should never assume especially when it comes to the weather. The Saturday started out with some cloud cover and a gentle westerly breeze. By late afternoon it had swung around to the south-west ahead of a cold front with the wind picking up to about 30 knots during the evening, accompanied by a few rain squalls. As the swell increased so did the amount of floating weed which turned the fishing into hard work.

As would be expected, with less than perfect weather conditions, not many fish were weighed-in in either the open competition or for the club's field day.

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

Club members were spread out from Preston beach to Madora Bay with the majority opting for the beach to the south of Mandurah, this is where most of the success was had for the weekend. George, Vix and I fished White Hills and managed a few good fish. George landed seven tailor, the heaviest around 750 grams along with a bag full of herring.

Vix was rewarded with some herring and just one good size tailor, big enough though to take out the ladies tailor section of the Sunsmart Mandurah 500 competition. Other tailor catches came from John Romano, Tony D'Alonzo, myself and mini junior Andrew Stoeckel.

 Tailor ladies winner Vix Alexander at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 750 gram Tailor.

Vix Alexander at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her winning 750 gram Tailor.

Another memorable catch of the day was a bag of fourteen plump skippy by Tony D'Alonzo, one of which earned him first prize in the open Skipjack Trevally section.

 Skippy open winner Tony D'Alonzo at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 635 gram Skippy.

Tony D'Alonzo at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his winning 635 gram Skippy.

Only a few hardy souls fished the morning of the weigh in, so most people were in attendance at the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club when the Sunsmart presentations commenced. The club's facilities were superb and along with a large sun shade provided by AAA made the proceedings very comfortable. The winners of each section took home a range of great prizes, won in some cases by less than average size fish.

The weather may not have been on our side for this field day but it sure beats looking at that list on the fridge which contains more jobs than I care to contemplate.

Hope to see you on the beach next time. Malcolm Harris, Field Day Officer.


AnglerWeightSpeciesFishTotal Points
Tony D'Alonzo 9.1 kg430181
George Holman 5.1 kg230120.5
Malcolm Harris 2.7 kg21896.5
Vix Alexander 1.5 kg3894.5
John Romano 2.2 kg21792
Andrew Stoeckel 0.3 kg1153
Paul Thompson 2.1 kg22350.5
Nick Allsworth 0.0 kg0050
Terry Fuller 0.0 kg0050
Alan Jones 0.0 kg0050
Ross Kember 0.0 kg0050
Spencer King0.0 kg0050
Morris Kolman0.0 kg0050
Peter Mahony0.0 kg0050
Peter Stoeckel0.0 kg0050
Julie Kember0.0 kg0040

Sportsperson of the Year Section Winners for January 2003.

Best Scale FishGeorge Holman Tailor0.75 kg
Best Bag of Scale fish Tony D'AlonzoMixed bag9.1 kg

Field Day Prizes for January 2003.

Best Scale FishGeorge Holman Tailor0.75 kg
Best Bag of Scale fish Tony D'AlonzoMixed bag9.1 kg

Field Day Sections for 2002/2003 up to January 2003.

1ABest Scale Fish (1st Six Months)Spencer KingSalmon4.475 kg
1BBest Scale Fish (2nd Six Months)Tony D'AlonzoMulloway2.75 kg
3Best Shark (4.5 kg min)Tony D'AlonzoShark8.15 kg
4Best Mulloway (2.0 kg min)Tony D'AlonzoMulloway4.35 kg
5Best Tailor (1.0 kg min)Paul ThompsonTailor2.00 kg
6Best Salmon (3 kg min)Spencer KingSalmon4.475 kg
7Best Skipjack Trevally (0.5 kg min) Paul TerpkosTrevally, Skipjack 1.50 kg
9Best Scale Fish (Other than above)Tony D'AlonzoPink Snapper2.45 kg
10Best Bag Of Scale FishTony D'AlonzoMixed Bag33.05 kg
11Best Bag Of Mulloway (2 Fish Min)Tony D'AlonzoMulloway13.30 kg
12Best Bag Of Tailor (2 Fish Min)George Holman Tailor7.10 kg
14Best Fish Caught on Fly RodJohn JardineTailor0.875 kg

Field Day Top Ten up to January 2003.

PositionAnglerTotal Points
1Tony D'Alonzo2783.7
2Malcolm Harris914.9
3Vix Alexander744.3
4George Holman743.6
5Ken Black465.0
6Ross Kember437.1
7John Jardine419.2
8Filomena D'Alonzo350.1
9Mark Farnay342.6
10Ian Taggart340.5

All the details of the 2003 AAA Sunsmart Mandurah 500 are on the AAA 2003 Mandurah 500 page.

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