Flathead and Bream Tournament 2016
Contestant with a winning Flathead
Our Flagship Flathead and Bream Tournament is over for another year it was held on 12 -13 March with 256 people competing, contestants came from ACT, Victoria and all over NSW. It was an exciting and eventful weekend with some excellent catches and stories. We had excellent feedback from the contestants with many of them promising to return next year. It is great that some of the contestants have been entering from the first year the Tournament was held.
Saturday Sea Mist
While the Saturday started out a bit dull with a heavy sea mist hanging around until late morning, once it lifted the weather was fantastic for the rest of the weekend. Some of the highlights were, largest flathead 94.6cm caught by Nick Hewlett and largest bream 36.8 caught by Matt Townsend. These were both great sized fish even more interesting when you know both these contestants were fishing in the same boat, must have found a great fishing spot, bet they will be back in the same spot next year.
The winner with the best bag was Ryan Hore with second and third prizes going to Mark Brown and Matt Green respectively. The Native Water Craft Kayak was won by Patrick Southern from Royalla NSW. Congratulations to all our winners.
Boats at Boatshed
Patrick Suthern Winner of Native Water Craft Kayak
Contestant with winning Bream
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For full list of results click here. FINAL RESULTS 2016
One of the contestants was unlucky as he caught several good size flathead and bream but unfortunately left his glasses at home, when photographing his catches, he had his key tag the wrong way up so his key tag number wasn’t showing therefore his photos couldn’t be included in the competition. We hope he has better luck next year. Another contestant lost his expensive Mako sunglasses overboard but before you feel too sorry for him he won a new $300 pair of Mako glasses in one of the raffles, now that’s what I call luck.
This wonderful event wouldn’t be possible without our many volunteers, while there were too many to name everyone in this newsletter we must thank Janine Campbell and her team for the great catering on Friday and Sunday evenings, Jeanie Dixon for driving the Bus to pick up and return contestants to their accommodation. John Southern the Comp Secretary and Neil Alexander our President for
the great organisation of the event, and Jo Starling who designed the shirts and organised the publicity for the Tournament. To the many other volunteers who helped out at registration on the Friday night and over the weekend, thank you for your support and help it is much appreciated as the Tournament wouldn’t be the success it is without our wonderful volunteers.
We would like to once again thank all our local sponsors and our major sponsor Native Water Craft for their support in making this the best Fishing Tournament on the South Coast.
For Fishing Club Member’s information, see copy of email from new Secretary Manager of Tuross Head Country Club to Max Castle regarding the Tournament weekend.
"On behalf of the Board and myself I would like to thank you and your committee for such a well organised and professional run event and I hope to be more involved in next year's event. Your help put one hundred percentinto the show over the weekend and that is a credit to your committee and yourself. Once again the Tuross Head Country Club thank's the fishing Club for a well run event."
C.C.M A.I.M Secretary Manager
40 Monash AvenueTuross Head.NSW 2537
Carmel Ippolitti Buckenderra Weekend
It’s that time of the year again when some of our Fishing Club members pack up their rods and reels for a spot of trout / fly fishing at Buckenderra. The weekend is 23-24 April members interested in going on this weekend who haven’t registered please put your name on the notice board as soon as possible and notify Janine Campbell for catering purposes. From feedback on past trips this is a great weekend away so if you haven’t tried trout fishing before now is your chance.
Five cabins have been reserved for the THFC members – all cabins are adjacent to each other at the Buckenderra Holiday Village. No deposit has been made, for those wanting accommodation please contacted the Holiday Village direct on 1800 339 461. Don’t forget it is school holidays so accommodation is limited act soon.Small discount on the cabins has been offered for fishing club members. Cost per night is $100. Please confirm your interest as soon as possible. Please be aware it is school holidays so accommodation is limited if interested book soon.
As in previous years the Fishing Club will be supporting this very important day by again cooking breakfast at the Country Club BBQ area after the Tuross Head Anzac Day Dawn Service.
The Fishing Club will be marching again this year, so if you would like to show your support for our return soldiers and come along and please wear fishing club shirts if you have them and be at Birdwood Circle by 10.30.
Congratulations to John Suthern and Scott Paul, John came first and Scott third in the Australia wide Competition the Pirtek Challenge – John caught the biggest Bream just edging out a Victorian Angler. Funds raised from this Competition go to Prostate Cancer which is a very worthy cause. John and Scott are members of the Tuross Head Fishing Club and John of course is our Comp Sec – great fishing guys
Birralee Fishing Club Visit
Birralee Fishing Club at Wednesday night Raffles
This month we had 20 members of the Birralee Fishing Club visit Tuross on a Fishing Trip, they were a fun group who enjoyed fishing in our beautiful area. They joined us for a BBQ at the Country Club on Sunday with a few fun games of bare foot bowls thrown in before enjoying the BBQ feast prepared by Janine our wonderful catering officer and followed by desserts brought along by Birralee Club very yummy.
BBQ with Birralee Fishing Club
The Birralee Club had dinner at the Country Club on Wednesday night and join in our Octoprize and Meat tray raffles taking out about five meat trays between them, enough for another BBQ before they headed home to Victoria. On the same night one of the group celebrated a birthday and another couple an anniversary all in all a great night for both clubs and we hope to see them back in Tuross again soon.
March was Tailor month and being just before Easter Fishing Club Members put off buying their Easter eggs and took to our beautiful waters in pursuit of the Goblet fish. There were 16 anglers comprising of seven ladies, eight men and one junior. March measure in was held at the Tuross Head Boatshed, where we had an excellent turn out with everyone enjoying their meal.
Rachael Kennedy Ladies Outside Winner
Fishing conditions were reasonably good on the Saturday but Sunday was a little challenging as it was cool and windy but didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our anglers. Total of 59 fish were measured in with two fish earning over 100 points each.
While Tailor were hard to find there were some good Snapper and Bream caught and measured in. John Suthern won the Goblet with a 52cm Tailor and Men’s Lake and Estuary with a huge 46cm Bream.
Tammy Paul Lake & Estuary Winner
Tammy Paul won Ladies Lake and Estuary with an excellent 40cm Bream and Rachael Kennedy Ladies outside with 53cm Sand Flathead. Janine Suthern, Pam Alexander and Janine Campbell all measured in good size catches. Sophia Whitehead won the junior prize for her 36.5 Flathead, great fishing Sophia.
Turkey of the month was won by Pam Alexander who lost her hat overboard and had to fish for it to get it back we are reliably informed it was quite a funny sight. Mystery Fish was Kingfish which wasn’t won and will jackpot.
Sophia Whitehead Junior Winner
This month’s Goblet weekend is 16-17 April, and the Goblet is Pigfish. With the beautiful weather we have been having here, there is sure to be many fishing club members out hoping to catch a Pigfish or any other species that just happens to jump on their line for the ‘measure in’.
Don’t forget this is the first weekend of our ‘measure in’ starting at 1pm and it will be held at the Country Club. It is always appreciated if you can bring along a salad or potato bake for the BBQ. Good fishing everyone.
Circle hooks have been shown to increase the survival of angler released fish. With their success already proven for many game fish species, these hooks are now used increasingly for many other common recreational species including bream, flathead and kingfish.
Many studies have shown that one of the most influential factors affecting the survival of fish released by anglers relates to where the fish was hooked. Specifically, survival has been shown to be greatly reduced for fish that are deeply hooked in the throat or beyond.
What is a circle hook?
A circle hook is a fishing hook manufactured so that the point is turned perpendicularly back to the hook shank to form a generally circular, or oval, shape. Various studies have shown that circle hooks mouth-hook a greater proportion of fish than typical “J” pattern hooks. Benefits of circle hooks:
Circle hooks bring about many benefits for anglers, but they do require a few minor changes to your normal fishing techniques. - How to use circle hooks:
Do not bury your hook (particularly with tough baits), lightly hook the bait so that the point and barb are exposed or “bridle” the bait. Do not strike at the fish, allow the fish time to take the bait into its mouth and then apply slow and steady pressure to set the hook in the mouth area. The fish often hook themselves.
- Reduced deep hooking – improved survival of released fish and decreased loss of fishing tackle.
- Improved hook-up and landing rates for many species.
- The strike time is not as crucial for hook-up of fish.
- Lighter leaders/traces can be used as the line is generally away from abrasive mouth surfaces.
Occasionally some fish will still be deep hooked. To maximise survival, it is best to cut the line and release these fish with the hook still intact rather than attempt to remove it. Float rigs, short leaders and keeping your line tight may also increase the number of fish that are hooked in the mouth.
- Non-offset circle hooks are recommended for the best mouth-hooking results.
- Use a de-hooker or needle-nosed pliers to help with unhooking.
Go Fishing NSW Day
The inaugural Go Fishing NSW Day was run by DPI in six locations across NSW in December 2015. The Fishing Day was a celebration of recreational fishing, as a fun and healthy pastime for the entire family. A range of fun filled activities was held in each location and many kids and adults were introduced to their first ever fishing experience.
Mark the date for the next Go Fishing NSW Day which will be held on Sunday, 16 October 2016 at a range of new locations. More fun fishing activities are being planned so stay tuned for more details form Fisheries.
If members are interested in holding some form of event on this day, please raise with the committee or Max Castle - Secretary
Be careful Where You Park - Vehicle Parking - (Fines issued recently north coast)
Under the Marine Estate Management Act (MEMA), driving of vehicles falls under the management rules (what used to be called zoning plans) for marine parks. Beaches within the Batemans Marine Park, salt marsh, mangroves and other marine vegetation are protected either under MEMA or the Fisheries Management Act. If someone is caught driving on a beach without a permit, or in a salt marsh etc (there are some exceptions to the rules) they could be issued a penalty notice by a Fisheries officer.
FYI Copy of Email to Max Castle from Dr Julian Hughes
Dear NSW Research Angler,
Please find attached the summer NSW Research Angler Program Newsletter!
On behalf of Fisheries NSW, I would like to thank all of you who participate in the various components of the NSW Research Angler Program for your passion and enthusiasm.
A big thank you to all of the research anglers and spearfishers out there who have donated their mulloway, snapper, tailor, kingfish and flathead frames this summer.
We had 80 frames from donated to the program from summer covering the entire size spectrum of recreationally-caught fish - from just legal 30 cm tailor right up to 150 cm mulloway and 94 cm snapper! This information is priceless for researchers who study these iconic recreational fish species.
We also had a further 65 mulloway tagged over summer and a record 14 recaptures, including a 113 cm fish which swam from Botany Bay 150 km north to Newcastle in 459 days growing 5 cm in the process!
And don't forget, The NSW Research Angler Program is now seeking frame donations from two more new key recreational fish species in addition to mulloway, snapper, kingfish, dusky flathead and tailor. The new species are Spanish and spotted mackerel. So for all you North Coast mackerel enthusiasts, get out there, catch a feed, and give us the frame or the head!
Remember, even if it is only one frame, we will do (almost) anything to get it!
Many thanks once again for your involvement in this exciting new approach Fisheries NSW is taking to collect crucial data for NSW’s most popular recreational fish species.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any aspect of the program.
Thank you again and happy summer fishing for mulloway, snapper, kingies, duskies, tailor, spotties and Spaniards!
Kind regards, Julian Hughes --
Dr Julian Hughes | Research Scientist
Wild Fisheries Unit NSW Department of Primary Industries
Sydney Institute of Marine Science Building 19 Chowder Bay Road Mosman NSW 2088 Australia
FYI two major reports have been released on the NSW DPI Fisheries website.
The above articles were provided by our Secretary Max Castle. Other information and reports are available from DPI NSW website http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/ we have provided links to two publications regarding the South Coast for anyone interested
Good Fishing Everyone
- The Survey of recreational fishing in New South Wales and the ACT 2013/14 is available for download. The report provides detailed information about recreational fishing undertaken by fishers.
- The “Status of Fisheries in NSW 2013-14”is available for download. The report is a general overview of fish populations that are harvested by commercial and recreational fisheries managed by the NSW Government. It provides a summary of the state of knowledge of 117 fish and invertebrate species caught by NSW commercial and recreational fishers. This report updates the report released in 2010.