The Snapper Point Fishing Club’s annual snapper competition over the Melbourne Cup weekend was once again a resounding success.
The new venue at the Mornington Racecourse worked a treat, giving a carnival atmosphere to the 4,000 odd crowd that attended.
This year there were over $80,000 in prizes given away to those who were lucky enough to win one.
The weather and the fish were kind to everyone on Friday night but it turned a bit nasty early Saturday morning. Of the 2,000 anglers who fished the competition, most of them went home happy because almost all of them caught fish on Friday night.
In all there were 2,300 fish weighed in. This may sound like a lot, but it’s only 1.3 fish per angler over a two-day competition. There was a catch limit of 3 fish per entrant and a minimum size of 35cm. It’s a very responsible quota when one looks at the statistics.
It’s easy to see why this competition is fast becoming one of the largest in Australia. Where else in the world could something like this happen on the doorstep of a capital city. I take my hat off to the Snapper Point Angling Club. Well done people – 2006 is looking even bigger and better!
Leo Cabatingan of Hastings7.1kg
Hailey Close of Boronia5.4kg
Winners Catch and Release
Random DrawTony Pittard, Ryan Leggo, Johnny Capiello and Aaron Parnell.
Random Capture Prize of a JV Marine Quintrex 4.2 metre Estuary Angler Deluxe fitted with a 30hp Yamaha motor on a Mackay trailer and All Covers canopy - Ben Angliss of Rosebud West.
Lucky Draw of a JV Marine 3.9 metre Aluminium Quintrex Dart with 20hp Yamaha outboard, Mackay trailer, All Covers canopy and full safety kit - Gavin Dobinson of Dromana.
Total number of competitors1,995, including 210 juniors.
Total number of boats845
Total number of fish weighed2,303
Fish from Port Phillip Bay2,107
Fish from Western Port196