The second round of the Discovery Parks So you Think You Can Fish series was held at the Pambula Beach resort on September 6 and 7, attracting anglers from as far as Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and the Snowy Mountains.
The two winning anglers did very well, catching five out of the seven species of fish chosen for the competition, although big seas made it impossible to fish outside or from the beach or rocks.
Pambula Lake was in good shape with flathead, bream and tailor caught, while Merimbula Lake had plenty of luderick and bream from the boat ramp to the lake and heaps of tailor once you entered the lake. There were also quite a few whiting and plenty of trevally, although a lot of trevally were just undersize.
From the Merimbula bridge to the mouth at Bar Beach, anglers had great fun catching salmon on various lures and soft plastics.
With a lot of the anglers fishing these areas for the first time, it took a while for them to work out the fishing conditions and catches were down a little on day one.
While anglers were out fishing, the kids and non-anglers had a great time at events like the sandcastle and fish modelling competition on Pambula Beach and fish plaster painting, face painting and magnetic fish competition at the activities centre.
After a fantastic dinner at PB’s Café there was a minor prize presentation before anglers went home for a good night’s sleep.
The weather was kinder on day two but the surf was far too dangerous again so anglers again returned to Pambula and Merimbula lakes. Land-based anglers mostly fished at Merimbula Lake.
Shawn Laurance and Kerry Webley both managed to catch five out of the seven species of fish chosen for the competition, excellent results given the conditions.
After the weigh-in and lunch prepared by the Pambula Lions Club, a cheque for $350 from money raised over the weekend was presented to the Pambula Surf Life Saving Club. The money was raised from raffles for prizes donated by Tony and Angie of The Royal Willows Pambula Hotel.
Champion angler was Shawn Laurence, who managed five out of the seven species chosen for the event and also was part of the winning team with his wife, Samantha.
Champion lady angler was Kerry Webley, who also caught five of the seven chosen species, and best team went to Team 1 Snowline, Shawn and Samantha Laurence. Steve Williamson’s junior encouragement award went to Jake O’Shea
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