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Rottnest Fishing Field Day August 2003.

What a great weekend!! The weather was magnificent; there was plenty of good company and some reasonable fish. You can't ask for much more can you?

The group (most of us anyway) arrived at C shed on the Saturday morning around 07:00 all fired up and itching to be on the way. John Romano went to Rouse Head to catch the ferry and found no Surfcasters and no ferry.

He then arrived at C shed to see the ferry departing out of the harbour. Ian Cook received his despondent phone call when we arrived on the island. With some quick phone calls by Ian and John he arrived on the island and was on the bus for West End by 11:10. John was a flustered but very relieved fellow.

The Club owns an air conditioned holiday house at Kalbarri which is available for rent to the public and club members at competitive rates

The group all got off at Radar Hut and as usual all headed off in variety of directions. John Jardine, Mark Farnay and Cookie went to Cathedral and out to the island to try for tailor. With no luck they headed back to the "Tailor Hole". Most of the members tried various locations between Wilsons and Radar Reef. Nick Hocking and Spencer King fished live baits of a high ledge near West End. They had no luck but made a great sight as they were silhouetted against the setting sun later in the afternoon.

Tony Ong was fishing Radar and at about 16:30 he landed a Yellowtail King Fish just as John Jardine, Cookie and Tony D'Alonzo arrived. The fishing tempo and concentration went up a couple of notches. Cookie hooked up on a large Yellowtail. He got it up to the reef edge but due to over exuberance and a tight drag setting lost it on the reef. John hooked and landed a Yellowtail King Fish.

The final score was:-

Tony D'Alonzo two hook-ups no fish.
John Jardine two hook-ups one fish.
Ian Cook two hook-ups one fish.
Tony Ong one hook-ups one fish.
Down at the Tailor Hole and Wilsons a variety of smaller fish were caught.

At sundown it was back to the units and a good feed and a few red wines and some of Tony D'Alonzo's Italian goodies.

Unfortunately we got little or no sleep due to a group of yahoos who carried on all night including races at 3 o'clock in the morning. They were still up and drinking at 06:00 when we left for fishing.

Sunday morning was again calm fine and a relatively low tide. Members tried a multitude of spots but with only a few good fish landed. Mark Farnay caught a lovely 1.45 kg Snook. Cookie and Spencer fished the Tennis Courts. Spencer hooked a good size fish and as he landed it was heard to say: "Oh hell another Buffy" and was about to let it go till Cookie pointed out NO it was not a Buff Bream but a large Tarwhine. Nick Hocking again fished the ledge at West End with no fish landed. Tony D fished Fairbridge and got a good selection of species.

Overall the field day was enjoyed by all who attended. Put the May Rottnest field day next year on your preplanning diary as all Rottnest field days are great fun and for $100 are good value.

Tight Lines, Cookie.

Species caught on this field day were:- herring, tailor, tarwhine, snook, yellow tail kingfish, western rock blackfish, wrasse, breaksea cod, whiting, harlequin and skippy.



AnglerWeightSpeciesFishTotal Points
Tony D'Alonzo 6.95 kg830199.5
John Jardine 8 kg515180
Tony Ong 5.8 kg410148
Ian Cook 5.55 kg47145.5
Bradley Zaknich 4.15 kg323121.5
Mark Farnay 3.75 kg212107.5
Grant Taggart 3.65 kg41486.5
Spencer King 0.925 kg2279.25
Ian Taggart 0.5 kg2275
Dale Coates 0 kg0050
Nick Hocking 0 kg0050
Morris Kolman 0 kg0050
Paul Terpkos 0 kg0050
James Yeates 0 kg0050
John Romano 1.95 kg21549.5
Vic Terpkos 0 kg0040

Sportsperson of the Year Section Winners for August 2003.

Best Scale FishIan Cook Yellowtail Kingfish3.3 kg
Best Bag of Scale fish Tony D'AlonzoMixed bag6.95 kg

Field Day Prizes for August 2003.

Best Scale FishIan Cook Yellowtail Kingfish3.3 kg
Best Bag of Scale fish Tony D'AlonzoMixed bag6.95 kg

Field Day Top Ten for 2003/2004.

PositionAnglerTotal Points
1Tony D'Alonzo 545.8
2Ian Cook 286.0
3John Romano 187.3
4John Jardine180.0
5Spencer King165.3
6Tony Ong 148.0
7Bradley Zaknich121.5
8George Holman121.0
9Mark Farnay107.5
10Morris Kolman90.0

Field Day Sections for 2003/2004 up to August 2003.

1ABest Scale Fish (1st Six Months)Ian CookYellowtail Kingfish3.3 kg
5Best Tailor (1.0 kg min)George HolmanTailor3.1 kg
7Best Skipjack Trevally (0.5 kg min)Brad ZaknichSkipjack Trevally0.555 kg
9Best Scale Fish (Other than above)Mark FarnaySnook1.45 kg
13Best Fish caught on a single handed rodTerry FullerGarfish0.13 kg
10Best Bag Of Scale FishTony D'AlonzoMixed Bag9.75 kg

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