The stage for the 25th Tea Tree Snapper Competition and Victorian Amateur Snapper Championship, hosted by Snapper Point Angling Club of Mornington, was one of very rough seas and high winds, demanding sensible judgment of one’s boat and personal capabilities.
Competition spokesperson John Beasy said that the predominating local low-pressure system brought 30-35 knot westerly winds and seas to 2m.
The wind against tide reportedly caused a ‘washing machine’ effect, particularly in Western Port and Southern Port Phillip Bay.
The desire to catch a prize snapper in the best snapper competition in Victoria only allowed the big boats onto Port Phillip on the Friday, while Western Port was more accommodating to smaller craft.
At approximately 7pm on Friday the seas appeared to ease a little and by 5am on Saturday conditions allowed smaller craft to venture out, offering competitors the opportunity to fish.
The organisers of the event wishes to thank the competitors for using sensible judgment in fishing the competition in these conditions and placing safety of crew and boat as a priority.
There was a total of 78 prizes won on the day, which included three JV Marine sponsored Quintrex aluminium boat and Dunbier trailer packages, plus a 4.30m inflatable craft from Elite Inflatable Boats.
A pair of encased, autographed boxing gloves, courtesy of World Champion Danny Green, was amongst the prizes. Danny’s boat Green Machine was present at the prize presentation venue.
The competition organisers wish to acknowledge and thank all sponsors for their most valued and important support and patronage of this annual event.
The organising committee also thanks the competitors who help make this event a success by their annual turnout. It also welcomes any feedback that may be of value in the holding of future events.
Details of all winners of prizes and a photo gallery from pictures taken on the day can be viewed on SPAC website, www.teatreesnapper.org.au - Snapper Point Angling Club
Total number of competitors: 1701 including 172 juniors, fishing from 733 boats.
Total fish weighed for the competition: 1031 of which 233 were taken in Westernport.
Average number of fish per competitor: 0.74 (the same as 2007).
WINNERS AND GRINNERS
The winner and Victorian Amateur Snapper Champion 2008 was Allen Rayner of Carrum with a fish of 7.22kg caught in Western Port. As part of his prize, Allen will represent Victoria at the Australian Snapper Championships at Whyalla, South Australia, early in 2009.
The runner up was Jason Angel of Langwarren, with a snapper of 7.00kg.
Third was John Dafilis of Bundoora, with a 6.54kg snapper.
Adam Petrakis, who weighed in a 4.43kg fish, won the Junior section
Second Junior went to Jack Leroy, his snapper greeting the scales at 4.40kg
Third Junior was taken out by club member Brad Walker, who weighed a snapper of 4.35kg.