It all started on the first Sunday of last December, but the Tomakin Sports and Social Club Fishing Club’s season came to a close on the weekend with a big turnout of anglers.
The reason the campaign ended in November was to give the committee a fair chance to prepare the trophies as well as the Christmas party and presentations.
“Last Sunday was a much better than expected roll-out of competitive members and I may add there was a surprising lot of good fish weighed in,” club spokesman Neville Aurousseau said.
“Most anglers found the sea fair early in the morning but as predicted the strong north-easterly arrived around 10am, which made the fishing extremely difficult.
“Surface feeders by way of kingfish, tailor, tuna, and salmon were almost non-existent.”
Aurousseau added that there was an “amazing number” of pigfish brought to scale, along with some good morwong, snapper, and, for those on the reef edges, an excellent run of tiger and sand flathead.
Dale and Brian Evans produced a great catch of bream, blackfish and the odd whiting, which is sure to put them up among the annual river and estuary winners with their point scores for the year.
“We will not be disclosing the final outcome of all sections until the Christmas dinner, which is to be held on Saturday, December 8, beginning at 1pm,” Aurousseau said.
Junior cock-o-the-walk for this month was the ever-reliable Scott Rigby with “a very commendable” morwong and the senior cock-o-the-walk was David Clark.
“Welcome back on the scene, David,” Aurousseau said.
“I am sure David will be around at the competitions for some time as he is now coaching a younger member of the Clark family to the fine art of fishing – his son Anthony.
“It is good to see the older members introducing new younger blood to the club.
“Our club is firing well and I am sure there will be more activity this coming year with a few of the ideas that are, at the moment, being bandied around so keep your ear to the ground and be prepared for a few exciting changes.”
The 2013 competition will begin on Sunday, December 2.