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.
Catch and Release
|Random Draw||Joe Nikodemski|
|Random Capture||Gabriele Alonzo|
|Random Capture 2||Mark Parton|
|Lucky Draw||Michael Funtusoff.|
|Average number of fish per competitor||1.31|