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Fishing Field Day Report, Dawesville to Myalup - January 2006
Eight of our members fished the beach south of Mandurah, while four fished the metro beaches. Leading up to this weekend the weather was not what one would expect for mid summer. It was overcast and humid, the result of a rain depression that was the remnant of a recent cyclone that had made its way into the south east land division.
On the plus side, there was not much risk of sun burn and into the night the weather was balmy. Great conditions for relaxing out doors but not for fishing.
Most of the members who fished White Hills headed south to the reef between White Hills and Preston. The catch was very small indeed with only a couple of small tailor and herring caught. Vix and I fished the reef section between Tim's Thicket and White Hills, moving a few times but to no avail. By the time we called it quits for the night not one fish was in the bag.
It was going to have to be a very good session in the morning to restore some respectability. The alarm clock was set and fingers were crossed, it had to be better in the morning. The alarm didn't get a chance to do its job, that was taken up by another poor crazy soul driving passed on his way to his favorite fishing spot.
The conditions were perfect, pre-dawn light, gentle breeze, very little swell; all that was needed was some co-operative fish. For about half an hour the result was the same as the day before, but then came the tap, tap of something larger than the same sand whiting that had plagued us since the start of fishing yesterday.
At last I had something that had the promise of a size fish, a flathead of around 300 grams. I've never been so happy to see a flathead in all my life; it saved me from certain madness. If it was not so spiky and ugly I might have done the Rex Hunt thing and planted a big kiss on it. After that a couple more fish came my way and the dark thoughts of an empty bag were all but forgotten.
The guys who fished locally did ok but not much better than us. The only difference was that they had a comfortable bed to sleep in overnight, could be a message somewhere there.
Of the twelve who fished the competition, only six weighed in fish at the end of the session. Tony took out the heaviest bag through pure persistence and ended with up with four species. Peter and I each weighed in four species, Filomena weighed in three, George two and Mark one species. I took out the heaviest scale fish with a splendid example of Pseudolabrus parilus of just over half a kilo.
Well there are good fishing days and there are ones that require a lot of effort and still show little return but they are all better than going anywhere near that list of jobs that is posted on the fridge.
The next field day is Cervantes which usually returns a good bag of fish all-round, so is well worth the trip north.
The one after that however is probably the premier field day in our calendar, Bluff Creek over the March long weekend.
This is a beauty, great camping, good fishing (with the chance of connecting with your first salmon of the year) and the beautiful turquoise waters and brilliant white sands of the south east coast.
The March field day is a split field day Bluff Creek and Bremer Bay.
Hope to see you on the beach next time. Malcolm Harris, Field Day Officer.
Nine species were caught in total, herring, tailor, skippy, flathead, wrasse, whiting (other), tarwhine, black bream and snook.
Results for the January 2006 Field Day.
|Tony D'Alonzo || ||4.675 kg ||4 ||29 ||136.75|
|Peter Osborne || ||2.45 kg ||4 ||15 ||114.5|
|Malcolm Harris || ||1.35 kg ||4 ||5 ||103.5|
|Filomena D'Alonzo || ||1.825 kg ||3 ||13 ||98.25|
|George Holman || ||0.7 kg ||3 ||6 ||87|
|Mark Hansen || ||0.4 kg ||1 ||2 ||64|
|Vix Alexander || ||0 kg ||0 ||0 ||50|
|Morris Kolman || ||0 kg ||0 ||0 ||50|
|Josh Lucocq || ||0 kg ||0 ||0 ||40|
|Gary Gildersleeves || ||0 kg ||0 ||0 ||40|
|Tina Lingard || ||0 kg ||0 ||0 ||40|
Sportsperson of the Year Sections and Field Day prizes for January 2006.
|Best Scale Fish ||Malcolm Harris ||Wrasse ||0.525 kg|
|Best Bag of Scale fish ||Tony D'Alonzo ||Mixed Bag ||4.675 kg|
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