|  First Published: December 2006

The 24th annual Snapper Point Angling Club Tea Tree Snapper Comp was held on 3-4 November and almost all competitors weighed in fish.

A few days before the competition Western Port and Port Phillip Bay received a small flush of fresh water. When combined with the rising barometer at the start of the competition, anglers were greeted with ideal snapper catching weather.

Last year’s total of 1,995 anglers increased to 2,225 anglers this year. Anglers came from all over Australia to pit their skills against Victoria’s snapper population. Who wouldn’t want to be in with a chance to grab a piece of the $85,000 in prizes on offer?

There were three boat and motor packages on offer as well as heaps of random capture prizes and the chance to walk away with a win seems to increase every year. Port Phillip was on fire compared to Western Port but great fish were weighed in from both bays.

The winner for heaviest fish was Robert Lewin from Tecoma who weighed in an impressive fish of 8.14kg (18.32lb) taken in 18m of water in Port Phillip Bay. Robert has now been named the new Victorian Snapper Champion and is off to represent the state in the Australian Amateur Snapper Championship to be held at Whyalla in South Australia.

The junior section had 237 registered competitors and the heaviest fish was won by Alisha Dickinson of Cranbourne who weighed in a very nice snapper of 6.11kg.

The Mornington racecourse was the venue for the weigh in and presentations with the Snapper Point Angling Club going great lengths to set up a great carnival atmosphere. The largest snapper were on display through out the day so everyone could see one up close. A crew from the DPI were on hand to collect olereraph bones from select snapper to further help in researching the age and movements of Victoria’s ‘old man’ snapper.

The guys from Snapper Point Angling Club tell me that next year’s comp will be bigger than this one so keep early November 2007 free. For next year’s dates, keep an eye on their web page www.teatreesnapper.org.au.



1stRobert Lewin8.14kg
2ndJohn Swinney7.88kg
3rdScott Town7.53kg


1stAlisha Dickinson6.11kg
2ndBradley Percival5.98kg
3rdMatthew McCall5.94kg

Catch and Release

Random DrawJoe Nikodemski
Random Capture Gabriele Alonzo
Random Capture 2Mark Parton
Lucky Draw Michael Funtusoff.

Fast Facts

Total fish2957
Average number of fish per competitor1.31
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