The fishing gods smiled on Ray Wilson when he won the March 8 weekend competition but the weigh-in was dominated by Craig Thomas and his mate Cameron.
With four species – sand whiting, skippy, pike and herring – Ray beat boat colleague Sue Keenan-Smith by the barest of margins.
It was a respectable total on a day when mid-fifties won the competition from fossicking round Mewstone and the Stragglers.
Sue’s catch was highlighted by a couple of big fat sandies while she, too, caught skippy, herring and a small pike.
Most boats stayed inshore of the Carnac-Mewstone-Stragglers line but Craig was having none of that in his powerful Key West rig.
He powered out 24km west of Carnac, fishing in 80m and the pair came back with a nice baldchin groper, a 2kg black arse, a modest pinkie, and a substantial queenie.
Craig’s baldie, the first weighed in for some time, won him the catch of the day and $120 towards his House Support Scheme.
The award will help compensate for the rod and reel that sprung out of the rod holder when the pair’s attention was diverted.
As usual, Angling Section captain John Bech found some productive ground for his wife Denise who capitalised by catching a good-size flathead and the best king george of the day. Her flathead claimed the mystery fish prize of the day.
Special mention on the day goes to Goran Sucur and son Marcus, who went to the aid of Bob and Coralie Litster when Bob’s motor gave up the ghost and his boat had to be to towed in.
Event Report by Ray Wilson (Angling Section)