We had a total of 373 entrants in the 2008 Portland Bait & Tackle Fishing Competition, which was three up on last year. This was great, especially as the Lee Breakwall was closed, which we thought would have a detrimental effect on the competition. If the Lee had been open, we may have had even more entrants.
There were 252 boating entries and 121 land-based entrants. The number of adults entered was 273, while it was also great to see 100 juniors.
We would like to thank all the people who entered the competition and supported us in raising as much money as we could for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In total, we raised $5215, which will be donated this great charity.
We would also like to thank: Roger and Lorraine Chadderton for their generous donations a charter for two as well as a lovely hamper (which had many a mouth watering); Wayne and Jenny Klingberg of Allestree Holiday Units, and Dave and Wendy of Henty Bay Caravan Park for their sponsorship of two of the junior sections; the Portland Sport and Gamefishing Club for their invaluable time and assistance in the running of the competition (especially Darren and Cheryl who as usual were there for us at all times); Sue Harper and Linda Rutter for the marvellous job in writing out the hundreds of raffle tickets; and to our staff who worked tirelessly in the shop while Chris and myself were at the yacht club running the show.
The only downside to the competition this year was the lack of parking space for the many boating entrants. Maybe next year the council might assist us in the raising of funds by allowing enough parking spaces.
Senior kingfish: Kevin McNabb, 6.06kg
Senior snapper, land: Stuart Blyth, 810g
Senior snapper, boat: Steve Nattrass, 1.325kg
Senior whiting, boat: Richard Vise, 765g
Senior whiting, land: Murray Swann – 535gr
Junior kingfish: Jack Olver, 1.895kg
Junior snapper, land: Tahj Walters, 668g
Junior snapper, boat: Luke Osborne, 1.110kg
Junior whiting, boat: Marcus Jarrett, 630g
Junior whiting, land: Jack Osborne, 465g
Junior heaviest other fish, land: Todd O’Brien, 415g (bream)