Portland Bait & Tackle
  |  First Published: March 2006

Almost 300 anglers wet their lines during the second annual Portland Bait & Tackle Fishing Competition on 21 and 22 January.

With 80 competitors more than the previous year, the event raised $2,127 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Portland Police Less Advantaged Children’s Fund.

Of the 230 or so fish that were weighed in, whiting, snapper and kingfish dominated anglers’ bags.

The heaviest kingfish was hotly contested and in the end was won by only 500g, not quite enough to worry about how well you’d gilled and gutted your fish but pretty close!

While the weather was picture perfect on the Saturday, temperatures soared on the Sunday.

Smoke from the bushfires was visible from the sea and unfortunately, the barbeque had to be cancelled.

Thanks anyway to the Lions Club for organising what would have been a great lunch!

Thanks also to the Portland Sports and Game Fishing Club for the use of their clubrooms.

Fact Box1

AwardAnglerWeight (kg)

Wally Carey Cup (heaviest yellowtail)Steve Atkinson11.62
Charlie Araldi Cup (heaviest snapper)Malcolm Eastern1.956
Bob & Dolly Brown Cup (heaviest land-based whiting)Peter Barrett0.566
Hoss Stacey Cup (heaviest boat-based whiting)Trevor Richardson0.712
Junior Winners
AwardAnglerWeight (kg)
Heaviest boat-based snapperJesse Murray0.928
Heaviest land-based snapperDane Barrett0.722
Heaviest boat-based whitingAndrew Dilm0.568
Heaviest land-based whitingLuke Mowatt0.414
Heaviest yellowtailChris Carey3.504
Heaviest fish (other than above categories)Dean Wombwell0.326

(Note: all of the above weights are gilled and gutted)

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