November 2015 Newsletter
Christmas and holidays are just around the corner so time to think about what to buy the keen fishing persons in your family or amongst your friends, do they need or want a new rod, reel, lurers or maybe even a new boat, well we do hope Santa is kind to you all and you get lots of good fishing presents.
November was a busy month with Eden Fishing weekend on 6th to 8th and the Goblet competition on 13th to 15th with Leatherjacket being the Goblet Fish and our annual Presentation night on 28th.
Octoprize Winner at Last
We got down to three fish left on the Octopus Tentacles and $2,250 before Stuart Graham picked the right fish and won the cash, congratulations Stuart hope you enjoyed spending the money.
The new Octoprize cash is already up to $450 so come along to the Tuross Head Country Club on Wednesday nights and get your Fisho raffle tickets buy $10 worth and get free entry into the Octoprize draw if you don’t win the cash you could still win we have thanks to our many sponsor’s lots of excellent prizes to be won.
David Rothwell At Eden
Fourteen Fishing Club members hit the road to Eden despite the wet and stormy weather that would have put most people off traveling. Eden treated our members to a BBQ on Friday night where Tuross & Eden Club Members were divided into their nominated teams with two members from each club per team.
Weather on Saturday was extremely windy with only one Tuross boat venturing out at Two Fold Bay, Gav, Robbo and Jeanie the rest fished at Pambula River where some good sized shovel nose sharks were caught.
After fishing in such windy conditions the Eden Club put on a great dinner with plenty of yummy deserts a great night was ha by with lots of fish stories.
Raffles on the night were mainly won by Tuross members, Eden won the club scoring with Pam Alexander and Bruce Kennedy on the wing team. Sunday saw two boats venture out with Carol, Max, David and Alex (member from Sydney) all catching good size Kingfish. The Club is now looking forward to our next friendly completion with Eden.
Tommo at Eden
October Goblet Fish was Flathead, John McNeil with his first entry to the monthly competition won the Goblet prize with a 68.1 Flattie congratulations great going John.
Sixteen Anglers took to the water with 67 fish caught and submitted for judging. We had three ladies, eleven men and two juniors enter with total of 22 Flathead caught. Most fish were entered by photo to be measured.
As this was the first BBQ that the new measuring system was used, Scott Paul helped John Suthern to scrutinize the entries and enter the lengths but all went smoothly. Extra effort was put in to displaying all the sizes and sores on a large board for all to see.
John McNeill first Goblet Entry
Linda Saberton for winning Whiting
November was Leatherjacket month and while there were many Club Members out trying their luck for the elusive Goblet Fish Leatherjacket but the only one was caught was by Bruce Kennedy and unfortunately it was undersize Bruce released it to be hopefully caught again when he reaches legal size.
There were six ladies eleven men and one junior who competed in this month’s Competition. The measure in was held at the Boatshed with good weather and 40 members and guests attending plus several juniors who enjoy a great evening with prawns, fish & chips on the menu.
Raffles prizes were supplied by Jan & John McNeill this month with Pam Alexander, Eric Saberton, Gav Roberson, Carol Kenney, Pattie Parker and Jan Williamson being just some of the people who won prizes.
Didn't have this problem with Bruce's Leatherjacket
Rod Federer regular winner
Rod Federer won Men’s Rock & Beach and Outside with 57.5 Snapper, 90 points and a Salmon also at 57.5cm for 69.32 points.
Eric and Linda Saberton kept it in the family both catching winning Whiting at 41cm 47.19 points and 33cm 56.09 points respectively.
Tammy Paul pulled in a good size Salmon at 56.4cm and 67.75 points while Lucas Brown won the junior award for his Flathead 47cm and 47.19 points. Great fishing everyone.
Goblet Competition and Christmas BBQ
Junior Lucas Brown
December Goblet is Garfish and the Goblet weekend is 11 to 13th with our Christmas BBQ at the Tuross Head Country Club at 4pm Sunday. Come along measure in your fish and enjoy the Christmas BBQ if you would like to bring along a salad or sweet dish to help out it would be certainly be appreciated, if you are not sure what to bring see Janine Campbell either at Wednesday night raffles or contact her through Facebook. If you would like to take part in the Kris Kringle bring a present to the value of $10. If you have any children attending please have separate present for them.
Turkeys are not only good to eat at Christmas but at the last two measure in’s we heard some excellent Turkey stories. There was the one with Neil and Pam Alexander returning from their holiday and realized they gave the house key to the house /chook sitter to use and forgot to take their key and had to find the house sitter at 10pm at night to get in to their house, or the person who after catching a good size fish taking photos on his phone somehow lost all of the photos, now that’s a different slant on the ‘one that got away’.
Eden weekend saw one lady forgetting to take her rod and our President Neil Alexander forgot to take the bait both of these people were travelling in the same car and Neil had shared the Turkey of the Month award last month with Tammy Paul who between them spilt her drink over her wedding dress and this month Tammy’s husband Scott won the award for after only a few weeks of marriage Scott lost his Wedding Ring, however the Turkey of the year went to Ross Parker when putting his boat in the water at Moroya his car rolled back and ended up in the water, something we all dread happening and it can happen to even the most experienced boating people.
November 28 was our annual presentation night for 2015 with the theme of Fishing Days are our Happy Days with over 60 members enjoying a great night of fun, trivia, guessing competition and great entertainment. Janine Campbell worked hard to ensure this night was enjoyable for all and Rachael Kennedy made a great Marilyn Monroe keeping us entertained throughout the night.
Rachael Kennedy & Neil Alexander or Marilyn JFK
The guess the baby and trivia competitions were hotly contested but of course what the night was really about was who won trophies some of the popular wins for the night were for largest of Species Max Castle for his club record breaking Flounder, Tom Webster for largest Gurnard and Paul Brown for his Drummer to name just a few.
Rod Federer and Paul Brown shared the Perpetual Trophy for variety of fish caught. The most Consistent Fisherwoman and Fisherman was again a family affair with awards going to Linda & Eric Saberton.
John Suthern’s hard work in developing ou new measuring system ‘it’s all about the length’ was recognised with a special award congratulations John and thank you, John spent many months researching and working out this system to make sure that it was fair for everyone other clubs have shown interest in how we ‘measure in’ and looking at doing the same.
Back to the 50's
Three of our committee members were recognised for their time and efforts working for the club, Jo Starling and Max Castle both receiving Patron’s Awards, Jo and Max are passionate about the club and work hard on behalf of all our members their awards were very well deserved.
Another popular win was for Club person of the year and this went to Janine Campbell our Catering Officer who consistently works hard to provide great food for all our BBQ’s and other events. Janine not only provides great food she is first to put her hand up for sub committees and to volunteer to help the Club at all evens.
It is always good to see the juniors out fishing and winning prizes so having ten juniors & sub juniors receive Encouragement Awards is fantastic congratulations to the following juniors / sub juniors;
Max Castle & Jo Starling Patron's Awards
Stevan Tomin with 'Marilyn'
2016 Goblet Fishing Year
The 2016 fishing years starts with Whiting as our Goblet Fish on weekend of 15 to 17 January 2016 concluding with our usual BBQ at the Country Club at 4pm.
Flathead & Bream Competition
The Tuross Head Flathead and Bream Competition preparations are well underway the entry form will be on the website very soon so get your entries in early. Last year’s competition had 260 entries it was a very successful weekend with lots of excellent feedback, 2016 is sure to be another great competition.
The dates are 11 March Registration at the Tuross Head Country Club from 5 pm, competition is held on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March 2016 make sure the dates in your diary. This flagship competition is supported by our sponsors from previous years along with new sponsors this completion is not only a great weekend it brings in extra $$ for our local businesses.
Fishing Competition & Jo’s Small Fish
Rachael Kennedy & Neil Alexander or Marilyn & JFK
Our most famous and dedicated fisher people are Steve and Jo Starling they have been extremely busy in recent months entering competitions around Australia and filming for television, Jo sent me a photo of what she calls a 'small yella fish' caught during a recent competition, well Jo if that is a small fish would love to see one of your larger catches.
The Fishing Club committee would like to wish all the members a very happy and safe Christmas we hope that 2016 is a great fishing year for you all.
Jo's 'small' yella Fish