Ushering in the Victorian snapper season, the 30th Annual Tea Tree Snapper Competition was held at Mornington on 1-2 November 2013 in ideal conditions.
The Melbourne weather had not been great for fishing during the past few weeks with windy and cold conditions, however by the start of the comp, it had cleared to provide ideal fishing conditions for Port Phillip and Western Port bays.
The fish were a bit hard to come by on Friday. The morning, until about 10am, was the most productive but then there was a shut down in activity with anglers taking only a few fish through the day and into the evening. There was a lot of action around the Fawkner Beacon in Port Phillip with many fish coming in from that area. North of Carrum generally fished the best, as did the mid to lower reaches of Western Port.
Anglers in the open division weighed a number of fish over the 9kg, and juniors also took some really good specimens.
The Victorian Snapper Champion for 2013 is David Steen of Carrum with a 10.26kg fish. The second heaviest went to Vic Way of Bayswater North with a 9.43kg fish and third heaviest was weighed by Rob Zenz of Berwick with 9.28kg.
The Junior Champion is Sofia Howard of Wallan with a fabulous snapper of 8.25kg, second is Harry Dettmann of Coldstream who weighed a 7.75kg fish and the third heaviest went to Jay Derbincat of Hoppers Crossing for 6.64kg.
A total of 84 prizes were awarded to junior and senior anglers. The major Random Capture Prize from JV Marine World, was a Quintrex 4.81m FISHABOUT with a Quintrex trailer, fitted with a 60hp four-stroke Suzuki motor with power tilt and trim complete with Ace All Covers bimini, Lowrance depth sounder, registration, safety gear and insurance from Club Marine and went to Justin Seabrook of Coburg. What a happy angler!
The second Major Random Capture Prize was a 3.7m Quintrex Dart on a Dunbier trailer fitted with a 15hp Suzuki two-stroke motor, complete with registration and safety gear from JV Marine World and went to Mile Gorgioski of Endeavour Hills.
The third Major Random Capture Prize from JV Marine World was a Quintrex 4m Dart on Dunbier trailer with a 30hp Suzuki two-stroke motor complete with a bimini from Ace All Covers and went to Lee Lansdown of Croydon North.
Total number of competitors was 1971 including 218 Juniors, total number of teams was 871, total fish weighed in 1856 of which 758 came from Western Port, and average number of fish per competitor was 1.06. – Tea Tree Competiton
TEA TREE 2013 RESULTS
Winner Open Section
|Heaviest||David Steen of Carrum||10.26kg|
|2nd Heaviest||Vic Way of Bayswater North||9.43kg|
|3rd Heaviest||Rob Zenz of Berwick||9.28kg|
Winner Juniors Section
|Heaviest||Sofia Howard of Wallan||8.25kg|
|2nd Heaviest||Harry Dettmann of Coldstream||7.75kg|
|3rd Heaviest||Jay Derbincat of Hoppers Crossing||6.64kg|
Random Capture Prize
The major prize from JV Marine World is a Quintrex 4.81m FISHABOUT with a Quintrex trailer, fitted with a 60hp four-stroke motor with power tilt and trim. The boat comes complete with painted hull, anchor well, fold down seats, rear folding lounge, folding drink holders, Ace All Covers Canopy, Lowrance depth sounder, navigation lights, registration and safety gear.
Winner: Justin Seabrook of Coburg.
2nd Random Capture Prize
A 3.7m Quintrex Dart and Dunbier trailer fitted with a 15hp Suzuki two-stroke motor, complete with registration and safety gear from JV Marine World.
Winner: Mile Gorgioski of Endeavour Hills.
3rd Random Capture Prize
From JV Marine World is a Quintrex 4m Dart and Dunbier trailer with a 30hp Suzuki two-stroke motor complete with a bimini from Ace all covers.
Winner: Lee Lansdown of Croydon North.Reads: 3665