Tea Tree Snapper time is on the way
  |  First Published: September 2016

Every year the snapper begin entering the bays for the late spring and early summer run. That signals that it’s time to think about entering the Tea Tree Snapper Competition!

The Snapper Point Angling Club’s 33rd Annual Tea Tree Snapper competition will be held on 28-29 October and the timing is perfectly set at the beginning of the snapper season. Every year this is a great event, with anglers jumping on the chance to get out there amongst the fish and get in the pool of anglers competing for more than $140,000 in prizes including three fabulous boat/motor/trailer packages.

Fisheries research indicates that 2016 will again be a good year for snapper and a great opportunity for anglers to get one of those fabulous big reds.

For a long time, the Snapper Point Angling Club has promoted responsible angling, and for this reason, has again set the competition limit of two fish per angler, each of which must to be over 40cm in length. To be in the running to be drawn for one of the many great prizes, all you have to do is enter the competition before the closing date, catch one or two fish over 40cm and take them to one of the weigh stations – it’s that easy.

Each fish, big or small, has the same chance at winning one of the fantastic random weight prizes. Upgrading fish size provides no advantage in the competition.

Fish to be weighed should be kept in good condition, be promptly despatched and placed on ice to make sure they remain in top eating condition. Returning unwanted fish to the water quickly or releasing them at the side of the boat greatly improves the chances of released fish surviving.

Start early by servicing your trailer and boat, having your safety equipment checked, getting your crew together and preparing your gear. Most importantly, enter the competition early as entries close well before the competition dates.

Fish can be weighed in on Friday night 28 October at several ramps and on Saturday at the Mornington Racecourse. The Entry Form and Rules need to be read carefully and the times strictly adhered to as no fish can be accepted under any circumstances after the published competition times. The Racecourse gets busy towards the end of weigh-in time and traffic can cause delays so be early to avoid disappointment.

Plan to check out the Trade Display area at the Racecourse before the presentation commences. Many of the sponsors will be displaying, tackle, boats, trailers and other equipment, and some will even be demonstrating their products. There will be entertainment for the kids and a juniors casting competition. The Tea Tree Competition is a fantastic family day, so why not plan to be there and be part of the excitement?

All you have to do now is to enter the competition either by completing an entry form that can be obtained from most tackle shops in the South Eastern area of Melbourne or by getting on the web at www.teatreesnapper.org.au and either entering on line or sending in an entry form. – Snapper Point Angling Club Inc

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