GONUBIE MARINE CLUB (GMC) DEEP SEA ANGLING COMPETITION
Devenver Struwig with a beaut of a Yellowtail
Brendan Moorcraft with a lovely Yellowtail
Shaun Sparg with a nice size Moustache Rockcod
GMC held their monthly league competition this past Saturday and eight boats took to the water.
The weather was not too bad with a light North Easterly blowing in the morning and picking up gradually as the day progressed. Some very nice fish were caught all round.
The boats venturing to the Kei area managed to find large schools of Yellowtail and being pound for pound one of the strongest fighting fish in the sea, some fantastic fights took place.
Yellowtail are also “dirty” fighters, they will seek out the nearest reef and cut your leader off before you even have a chance.
Many hooks have been straightened or even snapped by these fish. There were many such stories at the weigh in.
Some boats decided to stay in local waters and even they had very nice catches, proving once again that the Marine Protected Areas are working very well and fish are migrating out of these vast areas as they are becoming over populated.
As time goes on the catch ratios are improving all the time and many species that were once rare are “bouncing” back strongly. GMC are once again to be commended on their “catch and release” initiative, which is a great success.
Top angler was once again Chris Eberhardt on the boat Solo, which he skippered and they also took top boat honours, 2nd was Nella (Hercules Nel) and 3rd was Rawdog (Rory Hare).
GMC will be holding their annual Inter-club competition on the weekend of the 8th of June and with teams coming from all over the country, it’s going to be a great event.