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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.
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.
|Tony D'Alonzo ||22 kg||5||30||320|
|Filomena D'Alonzo ||5.95 kg||4||17||139.5|
|George Holman ||5.95 kg||3||28||139.5|
|Peter Osborne ||2.15 kg||4||8||111.5|
|Malcolm Harris ||2.85 kg||3||17||108.5|
|Josh Lucocq ||2.5 kg||3||6||105|
|Morris Kolman ||1.35 kg||2||4||83.5|
|Brian Stokes ||0.975 kg||1||1||69.75|
|Vix Alexander ||0 kg||0||0||50|
Sportsperson of the Year Sections for July 2005.
|Best Scale Fish||Tony D'Alonzo||Snook||1.725 kg|
|Best Bag of Scale fish ||Tony D'Alonzo||Mixed Bag||22.0 kg|
Field Day Prizes for July 2005.
|Best Scale Fish||Tony D'Alonzo||Snook||1.725 kg|
|Best Bag of Scale fish ||Filomena D'Alonzo||Mixed Bag||5.95 kg|
Field Day Top Ten for 2005/2006 up to July 2005.
|Position||Angler||Total Points|| Position||Angler||Total Points|
|1||Tony D'Alonzo||971.0||6||John Romano||222.6|
|2||Filomena D'Alonzo ||459.8||7||Brian Stokes||207.4|
|3||Malcolm Harris||348.6||8||Vix Alexander||169.3|
|4||George Holman ||301.1||9||Paul Thompson||154.7|
|5||Peter Osborne ||268.5||10||Tony Ong||150.5|
Field Day Sections for 2005/2006 up to July 2005.
|1A||Best Scale Fish (1st Six Months)||John Romano ||Salmon||3.850 kg|
|1B||Best Scale Fish (2nd Six Months)|
|2||Most Meritous Fish||Decided by Committee|
|3||Best Shark (4.5kg min)||No entry|
|4||Best Mulloway (2.0kg min)||No entry|
|5||Best Tailor (1.0kg min)||No entry|
|6||Best Salmon (3kg min)||John Romano ||Salmon||3.850 kg|
|7||Best Skipjack Trevally (0.5 kg min)||Tony Ong||Trevally, Skipjack||0.825 kg|
|8||Best Mackerel (2kg Min)||No entry|
|9||Best Scale Fish (Other than above)||Vix Alexander||Yellowtail Kingfish ||1.775 kg|
|10||Best Bag Of Scale Fish||Tony D'Alonzo||Mixed Bag||27.855 kg|
|11||Best Bag Of Mulloway (2 Fish Min)||No entry|
|12||Best Bag Of Tailor (2 Fish Min)||Tony D'Alonzo||Tailor||5.340 kg|
|13||Best Fish On S/H Rod 4kg b/s line (max) ||No entry|
|14||Best Fish Caught on Fly Rod||No entry|
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