It was a day for the fairer sex when a bitingly cold easterly tested the resolve of anglers during the August 9 monthly Angling Section competition.
The five boats walked into a weather ambush when conditions were pleasant for the launch at 7am but by mid-morning the easterly kicked up to 15 knots, and it was a teeth-rattling 15 knots at that.
As a result, most boats stayed inshore, with Goran and son Marcus Sucur calling an early halt to proceedings when their berley net caught around the prop.
But emerging from the gloom, because there was little to brag about as far as individual fish were concerned, was Sue Keenan-Smith who recorded a winning score of 74.265 points after landing skippy, king george, a leather jacket and snook, along with a few herring.
It was Sue’s second competition win since joining the Club five years ago, and she was delighted to fly the flag for the women who also took part on the day, namely Coralie Litster and Denise Bech.
Sue, hubbie Pat and Ray Wilson found Ray’s skippy hole east of the Stragglers, and it proved a hole of plenty, with nine skippy landed in a little over an hour. The biggest weighed just over a kilo.
The trio also caught seven king george in a nondescript sand patch closer to Mewstone, but while smaller skippy were on the bite, they couldn’t raise a sand whiting for love nor money.
With one competition remaining for the season, Sue has a comfortable lead in the women’s section while Ray has an unassailable lead in the men’s.
Event Report by Ray Wilson