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March 2001 Fishing Field Day:- Bluff Creek.

The Bluff Creek Field trip as usual, saw a good turn out with 19 members putting in an appearance at Bluff Creek with Pete Stoeckel and his boys opting to fish locally in Perth. It was also good to see Don Bachelor fishing as a visitor. His shoulder seemed to be on the mend and with a bit at luck we'll be seeing him back in the club next year.

The weather on the Saturday was very overcast, the wind was light and unlike Perth it wasn't too hot. Unfortunately the beach wasn't really producing and Pete and I fished the beach until about 21:00 Saturday night with only one small salmon to show for it. The only thing that there were plenty of was herring. Some of which were as big as I've seen. Those who fished the rocks at the east end of the beach had more success with several good catches of skippy made and the odd salmon putting in an appearance. The only people who persevered with the beach on the Saturday night were John Jardine and Damien d'Mello.

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Thumbnail This paid off for John as he managed to catch an 8.1 kg bronze whaler, the heaviest shark caught on a field day so far this year. Click on the photo to see John's bronze whaler.

Sunday morning I was up at 06:00 and headed off with Pete to try for some skippy at the rocks, as we'd missed out the day before. We arrived there at about 06:30 and had the rocks to ourselves. We had just started to fish for skippy when Pete spotted a small school of salmon, the first we had seen, heading our way. We quickly wound in and re-rigged with large raider lures and cast at the school. Pete was first in and after a great battle, eventually pulled in his first ever salmon. A 5 kg salmon on lure is not a bad way to start is it? The salmon school then went out of casting range, before going around in a big circle and coming past again. They continued to do this for about an hour, giving us plenty of opportunity to catch our bag limit of salmon and then more, which were released.

We had just cleaned our fish and were carting 17 odd kg of salmon each to the car, when John and Damien turned up. Cookie, Terry Fuller and Tony d'Alonzo closely followed them.

Thumbnail Click on the photo to see the area.

Unfortunately by this time the best of the fishing was over, but John and Damien did manage a couple of nice Salmon each and Cookie eventually nailed one of just under 5 kg that he had to winch some distance up the rocks.

The wind picked up at around ten o'clock on the Sunday, making fishing the beach very hard work and never really went down again for the rest of the field day. The swell was large and at times I couldn't hold bottom even with a 170 gram gripped sinker.

George Holman, Dave Maxted and Derry Barber were still fishing the beach when we hit the sack, but didn't manage to produce anything big. Derry didn't even manage to find the whiting that he normally does so well with.

John Jardine and Damien were the only ones who got up early on the Monday morning and headed for the rocks where they were rewarded with several more good salmon each on lure.

The weigh in turned up some great fish with plenty of noteworthy captures.

Eight Masters fish were caught. A salmon each for Pete Brightman, John Jardine, Damien d'Mello, Ian Cook and myself: A shark for John Jardine and a skippy each for Tony d'Alonzo and Darren Bachelor.

Pete Brightman, John Jardine, Damien d'Mello and myself each caught a Grand Masters Salmon.

John Jardine's combined bag of 26.98 kg was the heaviest so far this year also wins him the Hans Wytenburg Memorial Trophy' for the heaviest bag caught on the March long weekend field day.

My bag proved to be the heaviest bag of scale fish so far this year at 21.55 kg.

We also saw the heaviest Salmon so far the year at 5.95 kg and barren Bachelor weighed in the heaviest Skippy so far for the year at 0.75 kg. So catch wise this proved to be the most prolific field day so far this year.

Andy Woodford, Field Day Officer.


Attendance: Seniors - 19, Juniors - 0, Mini Juniors - 2, Visitors - 0.

Total fish weight:- 157.5 kg - weighed in gilled and gutted.

Name Weight Species Points
Jardine, John 26.98 kg 3 300
Woodford, Andy 21.55 kg 6 276
D'Alonzo, Tony 20.5 kg 4 245
Brightman, Peter 17 kg 2 190
Batchelor, Darren 10.65 kg 7 177
Cook, ian 9.75 kg 6 158
Holman, George 12.55 kg 3 156
D'Mello, Damien 13.25 kg 1 143
Maxted, Dave 6.4 kg 4 104
Kember, Julie 4.75 kg 4 88
Fuller, Terry 4.7 kg 3 77
Freeman, Heather 2.2 kg 4 62
Freeman, David 1.25 kg 4 53
Barber, Derry 3 kg 2 50
D'Alonzo, Filomena 1.85 kg 3 49
Kember, Ross 1.1 kg 2 31
Morris, Wayne 0 kg 0 0
Morris, Rhonda 0 kg 0 0
Stoeckel, Peter 0 0 0
Stoeckel, Andrew 0 0 0
Stoeckel, Daniel 0 0 0

It should be noted that many members are now choosing to fish for the sport and not the competition. These members are following the catch and release ethic, and although they choose not to weigh in, it doesn't mean they are not catching plenty of fish. New competition rules in 2001/2002 will allow them to catch and release and still get field day points.

Field Day Prizes.

Heaviest Scale Fish Andy Woodford 5.95 kg Salmon
Heaviest Shark John Jardine 8.1 kg Bronze Whaler
Heaviest Bag of Scale Fish Andy Woodford 21.55 kg
Heaviest Bag Including Sharks John Jardine 26.98 kg

Masters Fish.

Andy Woodford Salmon 5.95 kg
Peter Brightman Salmon 5.0 kg
John Jardine Salmon 4.4 kg
Damien D'Mello Salmon 4.2 kg
George Holman Salmon 3.7 kg
George Holman Skippy 0.6 kg
John Jardine Shark 8.1 kg
Darren Batchelor Skippy 0.75 kg

Grand Masters Fish.

Andy Woodford Salmon 5.95 kg
Peter Brightman Salmon 5.6 kg
John Jardine Salmon 4.6 kg
Damien D'Mello Salmon 5.4 kg

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