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Fishing Field Day Report, Cape to Cape - July 2005

Sign on at 12 noon, scoot off to one of a couple possible fishing locations and have the lines in the water an hour later. Fish until an hour or two after sun down and retire to the chalets at Yallingup Holiday Park to a comfortable bed and good night's sleep. A reasonably early start Sunday morning, say about sun rise, put in a couple more hours to top up the bag from the day before and meander along to the weigh in by 11.00. Weigh in a very healthy bag and drive home at a leisurely pace and be back in Perth by 4.00. Well that was what was supposed to happen; now I'll tell you what actually happened.

We got the first bit right about signing on but from there the plans went west. Discovered that the bucket was still in Perth so off to the tackle shop to buy another. They have moved of course, so back in the car and up the street and around the corner to their new location. It was almost worth forgetting the bucket the new store is terrific, much bigger and brighter than before, and the staff were friendly and helpful.

With that little diversion we eventually got to one of the spots an hour behind schedule. We had a look at a couple of the spots earlier in the day and although the swell was up we were confident that they were fishable. So with that in mind we didn't have another look but loaded up all the gear and bait at the car and set off for the twenty minute walk to where we going to fish.

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

Funny thing about water it never stays the same, the tide is just about always coming in or going out, this morning it was going out. So not only did we have less water than four hours ago but the swell was having a much greater effect on conditions with less water. I don't know if is just me or this is common but I don't like walking under load for twenty minutes some where and then turning around and walking back again.

We were going to make the most of it. Needless to say fishing the next hour or so were difficult. We moved then to a small beach a little further on and tried our luck there without any better results. By this time it was late afternoon and to move out of the area and find another spot was not going to be possible because the hours of daylight didn't match the time it would take to gather all the gear and get back to the car etc, so we were more or less stuck. By sundown we had had enough and limped back to the chalets to find solace in a bottle of local red, (things were bad but not that bad).

A new day, a new strategy, fish Bunker Bay and leave the West coast to enjoy the swell by itself. So it was out of bed very early, a light breakfast and down to the parking area and saddle up with all the necessaries. A brisk walk to a likely spot only to find two other like minded individuals had arrived at the same spot just five minutes prior. After a slight attitude adjustment, find another spot and try to gain some respectability for the up-coming weigh-in which was just a few hours away. Luckily for us there were some obliging herring and skippy around so were saved to some degree. What is that saying about the best laid plans of mice and men?

A similar catch rate was repeated a few times amongst the other members who fished the weekend, there were a few exceptions of course. Herring was the mainstay along with other species such as skippy and blackfish and snook. George and Filomena weighed in identical weight bags with some very nice skippy by Filomena.

Tony did well as he normally does with the heaviest bag that consisted of very good size blackfish, skippy and snook. This only goes to prove that if you know your spots and know how to fish them and put in the time, the rewards are there. Rather than be discouraged by the far greater results of others, I believe that it is more of an inspiration to witness their success in such difficult conditions.

Speaking of good catches, Paul and John fished locally at the Swanbourne drain after some good advice from Chas earlier in the week. Between them they caught and released a couple good size mulloway and skippy, not a bad effort for just one night and so close to home.

Well that's another great weekend away; the weather was perfect, the location stunning and eventually some cooperative fish. Does it get any better than this?

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

Species caught on this field day were:- herring, western rock blackfish, skippy (silver trevally), snook, tarwhine, cod, wrasse.


Results for the July 2005 Field Day.

AnglerWeightSpeciesFishTotal Points
Tony D'Alonzo 22 kg530320
Filomena D'Alonzo 5.95 kg417139.5
George Holman 5.95 kg328139.5
Peter Osborne 2.15 kg48111.5
Malcolm Harris 2.85 kg317108.5
Josh Lucocq 2.5 kg36105
Morris Kolman 1.35 kg2483.5
Brian Stokes 0.975 kg1169.75
Vix Alexander 0 kg0050

Sportsperson of the Year Sections for July 2005.

Best Scale FishTony D'AlonzoSnook1.725 kg
Best Bag of Scale fish Tony D'AlonzoMixed Bag22.0 kg

Field Day Prizes for July 2005.

Best Scale FishTony D'AlonzoSnook1.725 kg
Best Bag of Scale fish Filomena D'AlonzoMixed Bag5.95 kg

Field Day Top Ten for 2005/2006 up to July 2005.

PositionAnglerTotal Points PositionAnglerTotal Points
1Tony D'Alonzo971.06John Romano222.6
2Filomena D'Alonzo 459.87Brian Stokes207.4
3Malcolm Harris348.68Vix Alexander169.3
4George Holman 301.19Paul Thompson154.7
5Peter Osborne 268.510Tony Ong150.5

Field Day Sections for 2005/2006 up to July 2005.

1ABest Scale Fish (1st Six Months)John Romano Salmon3.850 kg
1BBest Scale Fish (2nd Six Months)
2Most Meritous FishDecided by Committee
3Best Shark (4.5kg min)No entry
4Best Mulloway (2.0kg min)No entry
5Best Tailor (1.0kg min)No entry
6Best Salmon (3kg min)John Romano Salmon3.850 kg
7Best Skipjack Trevally (0.5 kg min)Tony OngTrevally, Skipjack0.825 kg
8Best Mackerel (2kg Min)No entry
9Best Scale Fish (Other than above)Vix AlexanderYellowtail Kingfish 1.775 kg
10Best Bag Of Scale FishTony D'AlonzoMixed Bag27.855 kg
11Best Bag Of Mulloway (2 Fish Min)No entry
12Best Bag Of Tailor (2 Fish Min)Tony D'AlonzoTailor5.340 kg
13Best Fish On S/H Rod 4kg b/s line (max) No entry
14Best Fish Caught on Fly RodNo entry

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