October Field Day 2014

Location: Go Anywhere
Dates: 11th / 12th October

The Offshore Angling Club’s October field day was held in variable conditions over the weekend. Club members fished a variety of areas from a few hours south of Perth, to a couple to the north.

To the north, conditions early Saturday were reported as reasonably good, however as the southerly strengthened, the wind waves increased with the swell and floating weed became a problem later into the evening. Nevertheless some great fish were landed on the weekend amongst a steady supply of Tailor and Herring. Joe, Paul and Greg all got in on the action, Joe also sneaking a school size Mulloway into the mix.

Tailor and Herring

Tailor and Herring

Paul managed to land a nice shark Saturday night, debate raged as to the exact species of shark caught, finally agreed to be a bronze whaler. After a quick measure was taken it was released to fight another day. It’s weight estimated by length at 6.2kg.

Sunday morning saw conditions much improved. Greg whilst attending and baiting up a second rod heard the scream of the reel on his set bait. Something had taken off with his bait at an alarming rate. Running over and settling in for the fight he noticed that the fish had peeled of all of his braid and he was down to the mono backing. He faced some nervous moments ahead as he tried to turn the fish around. Half way through the backing he succeeded and began to regain some line. After a solid fight, the culprit was finally identified. A feisty Samson fish presented itself on the shore. Time for a quick photo, measure and back into the surf the fish went, swimming away strongly. A great landbased catch Greg, one for the pool room. The fish was estimated at 18.9kg by the charts.

Gregs Samson

Tony meanwhile was adventuring in another locale. His bag consisted of the same staples of Tailor and Herring with variety in the form of a school Mulloway, some Skippy, Flathead and a Leatherjacket.

Laurie, Carolyn and Chris fished the metro area but found it pretty lean going. 6 fish between them, with Laurie edging out Chris in the battle for the best pair of locally caught herring. The clubs new scales were certainly put to the test separating the two bags. Carolyn meanwhile presented the best local bag at 0.76kg.

Tony with the only Skippy weighed in took out the species prize for the field day. Well done Tony, Greg however aided by the large Samson fish took out honours overall. Excellent work Greg.

Club Weigh-In Results

Division

No. Fish

Weight

Points

Mens
Greg Uren

14

23.88

374

Tony D’Alonzo

16

9.01

295

Paul Berry

10

10.67

238

Joe Horvath

15

7.52

225

Chris Woolven

2

0.22

64

Veterans
Laurie Birchall

2

0.25

65

Ladies
Carolyn Benniman

2

0.76

84

Total fish weighed in: 61 fish : 1 Samsonfish, 1 Bronze Whaler shark, 2 Mulloway, 27 Tailor, 6 Skippy, 4 Tarwhine, 2 Flathead, 15 Herring, 1 Wrasse, 1 Leather Jacket and 1 Whiting.