Shipwreck Coast Fishing Classic
  |  First Published: May 2014

2014 saw the Shipwreck Coast Fishing Classic explode onto the fishing scene and cement itself as a major fishing competition in Victoria. Almost $64,000 in prizes and giveaways attracted around 650 competitors to this annual Warrnambool event.

Held from the 1-10 March in picturesque South West Victoria, the event attracted anglers and their families from all over the state. Over 500 fish were weighed in over the 10 days, and all but one of the 29 prize categories were filled.

After a frantic final day weigh-in, around 1200 people descended on the Warrnambool Breakwater for the Presentation event that saw 2 boat/motor/trailer packages won, and over 100 prizes awarded.

Victorian DEPI provided a large marquee for the first Sustainable Fishing Exhibit, which housed many displays from local and national groups interested in the sustainable management of our aquatic environments.

Special thanks to DEPI Fisheries, RedMap and Museum Victoria, Deakin University, Warrnambool City Council, Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, FishCare, and Fish Habitat Network for their work in making this event such a success.

The final leaderboard showed plenty of significant captures:

Congratulations to Andrew Jeffries for winning the first boat/trailer/motor package, his ticket in the draw was the result for weighing in a humble salmon. And to Harry Rantall for taking out the major draw of the second boat/trailer/motor package.

The 2015 event promises to be bigger than ever. The prizes will be bigger. The presentation day will be bigger. And hopefully the fish will be bigger! 2015 will also see a change in format to allow catch and release for all categories. We are now looking for a naming rights sponsor for 2015, and welcome any enquiries.

Special thanks to all our sponsors for financial and product contributions, the Coastguard for their tireless work throughout the competition, and the Warrnambool Offshore and Light Game Fishing Club for organising and co-ordinating the entire event. But most of all, we would like to thank all the competitors who demonstrated goodwill and genuine spirit throughout the competition, making this event the biggest in the competitions history. Until next year! – Ben Pohlner

SMALL FRYNameLength (mm)Weight (kg)

Australian salmonHarry Eldred4050.65
BreamOliver Sharp4000.95
King George whitingHarry Eldred4400.50
Yellow eye mulletRuby KoshNR0.30

JUNIORNameLength (mm)Weight (kg)

SnapperMason Walpole4901.50
MullowayLochie Mustard6402.10
MorwongTara Neal4500.90
Australian salmonBrad Gedye6051.90
BreamJarrah Sharp4101.05
Estuary perchHarry McLauchlan4300.95
TroutRuben Swann34.50.40
FlatheadOska Wilson2950.15
Shark gummy or schoolTyler Hewson12106.00
Yellowtail kingfish ---
King George whitingJessica Ljubic4550.50
Yellow eye mulletKade Gordon3900.65

SENIORNameLength (mm)Weight (kg)

SnapperMatthew Cook8005.60
MullowayDaniel Hoey7303.40
MorwongBarry Bermingham Jnr5701.65
Australian SalmonBen Hill4751.05
BreamGerard HoseNR1.20
Estuary PerchSam Powell4451.05
Trout (Brown)Michael Pretlove5401.45
FlatheadShane Sanders5801.25
Shark - Gummy or schoolJason Twaddle183021.35
Yellowtail KingfishBen Murrihy9507.05
King George WhitingChris Beaton4800.70
TunaGarry Anders110019.75
Game Shark Peter Mahony (Mako)2560132.5
BCF Biggest Bream BONUSGerard HoseNR1.20
Largest scale fishBen MurrihyKingfish7.05

(excluding tuna)

6067 – Ed Richardson of Richardson Marine with Harry Rantall – Winner of the major boat prize

4538 – Crowd of approximately 1200

8517 – Platinum Sponsors

1422 – Andrew Jeffries with the boat prize for just weighing in a fish

1435 – Harry Rantall with the major boat prize

5473 – Bunnings provided kids activites on Presentation Day

5518 – Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority – Part of the Sustainable Fishing Exhibit

Peter Mahoney – Winner of the largest Game Shark category

Jason Twaddle – Winner of the largest Gummy shark category with a fish of 21.35kg.

Matthew Cook with a competition winning snapper of 5.6kg

Small Fry Emily Burn with a gummy shark of 2.8kg

Brad Gedye with the junior category winning salmon of 1.9kg

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