TOMAKIN FISHING CLUB
ANGLERS at the Tomakin Fishing Club dipped a line in for the monthly competition last Sunday.
Offshore fishos were exposed to unfavourable conditions which gave hope to the beach, rock and estuary anglers.
Although some would have preferred the warmth of a feather bed and doona, the ones that ventured out were rewarded with great results.
The estuaries produced dusky flathead, black and yellow bream, whiting, trevally and a good run of blackfish.
There were one or two boats which weathered the storm and hung off the rocks for a short while with little result.
The fish drawn from the bag for cash prizes were bream, John Dory and snapper. The last two went begging as Brian Evans won his cash award with a nice bream on the day.
James Nott, a relatively new contender, took out the Senior Cock-O-The-Walk with an excellent drummer.
The junior Cock-O-The-Walk was Anthea Hasler with a creditable bream.
Although there have been terrible conditions on Tomakin’s competition days, the club is yet to suffer a total day wipe-out.
As the season moves into the Autumn/Winter period there are usually better runs of snapper, bream, tailor, dusky flathead and blackfish.
The Rae Kennedy memorial competition will be held on Easter Sunday, April 20. The competition is open to members and visitors and all prizes are cash.
There will be a $10 entry fee for seniors and $5 for junior competitors.
Weigh in will be at 2pm on Sunday and a barbecue is available at a nominal fee. The Kennedy family were top anglers at the Tomakin Fishing Club for many years, reaching a high status within the club and winning many Cock-O-The-Walk awards and other divisions along way.
Rae, who loved fishing on the beaches more than in the estuaries, caught many great bags over the years and seldom missed a competition.
Her advice for catching beach worms, her favourite bait, was always taken seriously.
Her husband Noel is also honoured with catching the largest snapper since the club started in 1981.
The club’s motto is “take a kid fishing” and caters to the junior competitions.
The next open competition is on Easter Sunday and April 27 is the club’s Patron’s Day.
The next monthly competition on May 4.
Until then keep those rods held high and those lines tight.