SUNDAY threw up another challenge to the dedicated anglers of the Tomakin Fishing Club as they awoke to heavy showers and a fairly strong wind about 8.30am.
However, tough conditions don’t hold back the keen anglers from dropping a line in the monthly event.
The weigh in at 1pm was a pleasant surprise and certainly gave the rock, beach and estuary anglers a chance to flex their muscles, proving wet, windy weather was not going to deter them in their effort to land a reasonable catch.
The Evans family, although having no large size bream, whiting, blackfish or dusky flathead, certainly boated an excellent feed.
Some of the juniors chose to stay in bed but Scott Rigby Jnr topped the school with his hard-earned catch.
There were three species drawn from the hat; salmon, kingfish and morwong.
Hugh Johnson weighed in a commendable salmon, and Scott caught a nice morwong taking home a cash prize, while the kingfish went begging.
The morwong also gave Scott the title of Junior Cock-O-The Walk.
He has become a regular contender and has not missed a competition for the past three or four years.
Sam Hicks won the rock, beach and estuary with a very commendable 2kg snapper.
The Senior Cock-O-The Walk, or Hen-O-The Walk for June, was won by Sandra Boneham with a 3.26kg snapper as her and husband Phil made it outside for a short time with surprising results.
Although the blue water fishing has been a little disappointing, the rivers, rocks and estuaries have helped fill this gap.
The Malua Bay Bowling Club holds its competition this weekend and Tomakin Fishing Club holds the shield from last year.
The club is preparing for the once a year Great Bonanza Fishing Competition on the long weekend in October.
It’s not only a general anglers competition, but also a great family event, with a range of cash prizes for various species in the senior divisions.
Junior anglers will vie for fishing vouchers.
The total prize pool may reach $8000.
There will also be many lucky door prizes for all and secret weights for junior anglers.
The competition will be in its 33rd year and draws a range of anglers.
The club held its AGM and president Ron Read stepped down after 10 years of service.
The new president, elected unopposed, is Phillip Boneham.
There have also been small changes to the club’s committee.
The next monthly competition is on July 6.
So until then keep those rods held high and those lines tight.