The Tomakin Mighty Bonanza competition had all the bad weather possible thrown its way over the October weekend but was, as it has been for almost every one of its 29 years, a great success.
The HQ for the event is the bowls and social club in the village of Tomakin, just south of Batemans Bay.
The Saturday, although not good, was fishable outside and some great bags were brought to scale, with catches in most classes – senior male and female, junior male and female and sub-junior male and female, secret weight, total boat catch, total individual weight and inter-club competition.
The many sponsors were elated and although the weather prevented any boaties from going to sea on the Sunday, those who fished from the beaches, rocks and estuaries were happy to fill the gap.
Other section winners were: Seniors, Adam Martin snapper 2kg, Anette Turner Morwong 2kg, flathead 1kg Harry Bingley; salmon 1.7kg Brad Ginns; leatherjacket 860g Allison Wright; pigfish 625g Bruan Bennett; brean 755g Jaden Mineham; nannygai 650g K Bolton; drummer 1.1kg Sam Hicks; trevally 850g Hugh Johnson; blackfish 525g Jack Johnson; King George whiting 105g Bruan Bennett. A bonito caught by Beryl Elvberson qualified as a game fish. The largest shark was a 12kg school shark. Nearest to the mystery weight flathead was Annette Turner with a 710g flathead. Junior winners were Anthony Smith, Eoin o’Callaghan, Laurie Stelszer (2) Rheese Nye, Maddison Minaham (2), Kelsey Barratt, Josh Scullen and Caleb Bartholomew. Sub junior winners were Scott Rigby Ethan Woolridge, Leno Nuye and Abbey Picket.
The 20 unclaimed prizes ended up as lucky entry draws.
The individual best effort went to Garry McFadgen with a two-day average weight of 10.76kg and the best boat weight over two days went to the crew of Wounded Pilchard with an average individual weight of 7.25kg.
All in all, it was a great time but everyone hopes the weather will be kinder in October 2012. – Neville ArousseauReads: 1616