Thanks to the Tuross Head Fishing Club
The Tuross Head Fishing Club’s Goblet Weekend is always a fun event, but throw Santa and a couple of elves into the mix and you’re bound to get a few surprises!
Santa shows up each year when it is the garfish goblet, but his magical influence was a little biased this year, sprinkling his luck on one angler and one angler only.
As we all know, the weeks leading up to this competition have been a tad on the moist side. In fact, reflecting on the colour of the still-muddy estuary inspires me to paraphrase Forest Gump: “The River is like a box of chocolates… ya never know what you’re gonna get!”
Despite the conditions, Tuross Head Fishing Club anglers hit the chocolate flow in the quest to catch the humble garfish. The River, however, had ideas of its own.
Some say that the best way to make the fishing gods laugh is to broadcast your plans… It seems their response during this competition went something like “Garfish, you say? How about bumper flathead?”
That’s right, folks! The Tuross River is turning out quality duskies, despite the opaque conditions. It seems to have brought the big girls out to play. Three cracking flathead were caught, with Scott Paul and Mark Brown both releasing fish in the 4kg bracket and Regina Byron releasing a 2.45kg model. Sadly for Regina, her boat did not have a brag mat on board, so she wasn’t able to officially record the catch length, making it ineligible. We have it on good authority that this situation was rectified very quickly!
Ladies Lake and Estuary was won by Pam Alexander, with the first flathead she’s ever caught on a soft plastic, weighing in at .305kg. Nice use of skills, Pam! The Junior category was taken out by Blake Paul, with his flathead of 0.575kg
They’re just the winning flathead, with the released fish measuring 85cm, 84cm and 72cm in length! Nice work, Tuross River!
Imagine, then, being the only angler to return to the weigh-master with a garfish on Goblet Day! Imagine further, the feelings the Paul Brown experienced when he learned that his .45kg garfish swept aside those duskies to take home the major prize for the weekend! There it is again… “ya never know what you’re gonna get!”
Merry Christmas, everyone, from the Tuross Head Fishing Club. We look forward to reporting our shenanigans and catches to you all again in the new year. In the meantime, stay safe, be happy and enjoy the time with your family and friends… and make sure you wet a line. This is when the fish are really on!