May – Eyre Peninsula Report – Jamie Crawford
SBT action has largely tapered off over our way. There are a few smaller fish still available further offshore but the bulk of the schools have moved on for the season. There are a few samsons being caught on both the Coffin Bay side and the Port Lincoln side of the peninsula. There have been a few kings available offshore around South Neptune Island, the Cabbage Patch and around the Hummocks. Most people would have heard about Matt Forrest’s massive king by now. An amazing fish that would have pulled the scales down between 50 – 55kg. The fish was released which was fantastic to see. There have been some school sharks on some lumps wide of the Coffin Bay peninsula, mixed in with a few snapper. There have been some snapper out wide of Arno Bay and Port Neill, but the fish have been patchy, requiring a fair bit of shifting to locate the fish. Most of the reds have been in the 45 to 70cm size range, so they haven’t been large fish. The beach fishing for salmon has been pretty consistent lately when the swell is down and the wind co-operative. Locks Well has been producing fish on a regular basis. There have been a few sharks off local beaches too – a mixture of gummies and bronzies.
pics Jamie Crawford
May 2nd / 3rd – Port MacDonnell Club Trip – Lucy Williams
After finally getting a good weather window, Dad and I made the trek down to Port Mac on Thursday night ahead of the annual Port Mac Tournament. Whilst we didn’t enter the tournament, it was nice to have plenty of boats around, especially when the weather turned a bit sour.
We had a good first day on the Friday, tagging two Tuna each before spending the afternoon drifting for Makos. We didn’t see any sharks, however we managed to catch a feed of Nannygai, a few Arrow Squid and came across a couple of whales.
Day two was a bit more interesting as the weather turned and the fish became reluctant to bite. After a short lunch break (consisting of hot Milo, lentil pies and brownies) we ventured back out the harbour for the afternoon. Dad was foolish enough to bet Kerry Heinicke some brownie for the first Tuna and it was no surprise when we heard Denis on the radio making sure we had some put aside for her. I got to see my first weigh-in and even snuck a look in Drum Beat, impressive is an understatement. Everywhere we went the locals showed plenty of interested in our activities, unfortunately Saturday and Sunday didn’t produce as we continued to try for a shark.
It was great to get the chance to catch up with Denis and Kerry as well as the Bell family and experience the real Port Mac (last year I think I got lucky with the weather). We had a good trip home, stopping to check out the sun set over the Coorong and finishing off any brownies we managed to hide from Kerry.
pics Lucy Williams
May 2nd – Port Macdonnell Club Trip
Club Legends Dennis and Kerry Heinicke have only recently completed the fit out of their brand new trailer boat, and if the first few trips are anything to go by, they are in for a wild ride! Drum Beat is the name, and catching big tuna is it’s game! On only it’s 3rd day on the water, Dennis and crew set out from Port MacDonnell to try and find some big Southern Bluefin. On board were other AGFC members Matt Bell and Adam Todd. Well, it was a day to remember for so many reasons. Matt landed his largest ever game fish, a magnificent 102kg SBT. The most amazing part of Matt’s capture is that the fish was wearing two CSIRO tags. They have since been made aware that the fish was tagged 22 YEARS ago! Just imagine the number of hooks and nets that this fish has managed to avoid, just amazing. (It was originally tagged and released in the Great Australian Bight) Not to be out done, Dennis and Adam went on to also land a nice fish each. Their two Tuna were estimated to weigh 75 and 85kg. Both of these fish were tagged and released which was a great result. From where we sit, these would be the largest game fish ever tagged by recreational anglers in SA waters. Now that, is a good day. Well done guys.
Click on the link below to hear an interesting interview about Matt’s recaptured Southern Bluefin!
– 936 ABC Hobart
Congatulations to AGFC Small Fry Jacob Brook who has taken out a monthly award in the GFAA national junior tournament. He managed to land a 20.5 kilogram SBT on 8 kg line, a pending state record. It was caught on board club boat Bandit at Victor Harbor earlier this year. Well done to all involved!
June 2nd – Finally! It has been done
June 2nd 2015 will be remembered as one of the most significant days in South Australia’s rich game fish history. For decades, game fisherman in SA have dreamt about targeting the elusive and mighty Broadbill Swordfish, with imaginations fuelled by stories of past commercial by catches and the one that got away.
A dedicated sector of the sport in SA has recently turned it up a notch regarding swords in SA, no doubt being inspired by the success of the likes of Leo Miller and other crews in Tassie.
In the early hours of June 2nd, The boys aboard the 52 foot “Tharah” were chasing their dream offshore from their home of Port Macdonnell. This was to be the morning that etched their names in history.
With Clint “ Wilba” Wilson at the helm, the crew aboard Tharah chose to take advantage of a small window of weather and head out wide to target a sword. (Clint operates Southerly Fishing Charters) This was not the first time they had tried either, with 6 months of dedicated planning going into their latest attempt. They had recently decided to concentrate their efforts on an area that looked promising and after several months of mapping the area, were semi confident that they were looking in the right place.
Carn Taylor is a dedicated fisherman who loves nothing more than chasing the big ones, and it was on this sortie that his name would become synonymous with SA Swords. The first bait was deployed around midnight, and the waiting game began. The bait lasted only 20 minutes before the 80w Tiagra came to life!
The fish dogged it out for the next four hours on 37kg, before it was finally led to the gaff. Wilba sunk the flyer, while first mate Mark “Roxy” Day followed with another.
They had done it.
Upon returning to port, the fish pulled the scales down to a very respectable 154.7kg.
It is believed to be the very first capture of a Broadbill Swordfish on rod and reel in SA waters by a rec angler. A very significant capture.
Several moulds are being taken of the fish, with one to be on display at the Port Macdonnell Offshore Angling Club, of which the guys are members.
Clint, Mark and especially Carn would like to thank everyone that helped in achieving their dream, especially Graeme Wilson.
From BlueWater Magazine Issue 111 – July 2015 – by Brad Smith
June 15th – Weight Recorder’s Report
Good evening members,
Since our last update there have been over 250 recordings which confirms autumn as our most productive fishing period.
During this time there have been some great captures particularly among our junior and women anglers. Congratulations to the Snadden family with Jenny, Cody and Braden all recording Tuna.
The Brook family also got among the Tuna with some great captures by Tayla and Jacob. James and Ben Rippin have both qualified for their Grand Slams with numerous outstanding recordings.
Team Drum Beat have reproduced their form on big Tuna with Kerry Heinicke capturing a 62kg Tuna, Matt Bell a 102kg Tuna, Dennis tagging a 70kg Tuna and Toddy capturing and tagging more big Tuna.
Matt Forrest showed how it’s done with a potential World Record Kingfish and his first Mako, a nice fish weighing 120kg. Naturally he has caught a swag of nice Samsons nearer home and enjoyed our Coffin Bay trip with Rhys the Mako Wrestler!
The Coffin Bay trip was well supported with numerous Kings, Samsons, Tuna, Big Bronzies and Matt’s Mako caught.
This season has been a good year for big Bronzies with seven members weighing or tagging sharks over 150kg. Of these, seven Bronzies estimated between 200-300kg have been tagged despite some being potential Australian or World Records.
As our season winds down some members are chasing their Grand Slam species, so please check our recording guide lines as a number of recordings were ineligible mainly due to game fish captures NOT going line class. Keep in mind tags of undersize fish will not be accepted.
Our season finishes on June 30th and recordings must be in by 14th of July. Late recordings will miss out on the point score due to the need to order trophies.
If you have any suggestions for next season, whether it be the point score, club trips or social functions, the committee members are always looking for your input.
If you have any queries on your point score please contact me on 0412845574.
June 30th – Upcoming events to mark in the diary
Hi everyone, with the 2014/15 season coming to a close, we are pleased to advise you of two upcoming dates to mark in your diary.
July 22nd (Wednesday) – 2015 AGFC Annual General Meeting
Please make the effort to get along and support your club on this night. It will be starting from 7:30pm at the Cumberland Arms Hotel on Waymouth Street.
July 22nd – President’s Report
Good Evening Members,
First of all I would like to welcome you, and thank you for contributing with your attendance to the AGM tonight.
Our club has enjoyed another successful season. With a steady membership and consistent activity, we can certainly see that Game Fishing is alive and well in our state.
There were some very impressive captures from our members this season, including state and Australian records for some. It is also encouraging to see the growing numbers of ladies and juniors participating. It has always been a focus to encourage the young guys, and this appears to be paying off. Some of their results this year were simply outstanding. The participation rate at our club trips was up on previous seasons but as always was dictated by the weather. A great time was had by those who attended Coffin Bay for our annual tournament and I would thoroughly recommend trying to get there for the next one.
I would like to thanks our loyal sponsors who have once again stepped up to support us. Please take note of our sponsors and make sure to give a little back where possible. As usual they have supplied us with a range of goodies to give out at the upcoming presentation night. Please support this night and get along to help congratulate all of the winners.
Moving forward, our club will see a new committee in charge from tonight, and in particular a new person at the helm. After 10 years of being heavily involved at a committee level I have decided not to renominate for next season. This has been a challenging decision for me to make, as the club has been a huge part of my life for the last 10 years. As part of the original committee, I have seen our club grow from very humble beginnings to now be so much more than just a fishing club. It is a place to unwind from the daily pressures of life and share some time with others who are like minded.
In my time in the chair, I can honestly say that I have always done my best for the club. At times it has been hard work, but the many friends I have made form being involved over the years, far outweighs any negatives. It’s been fun. I know I will miss being involved on the committee, but the timing is right for me to take a step back.
I would like to thank all of the committee, both past and present. For their hard work, the giving of their time and the ways that they have supported me. In particular I would like to take this opportunity to thank John. He has also been here since day one, and has devoted so much time and energy to see this club succeed. He has always been my ‘right hand man’ and he deserves to be congratulated on his countless hours of hard work over the journey.
Looking ahead, I know the club is in good hands. I wouldn’t be walking away if I was unsure of that. Your new President has a wealth of game fishing knowledge and experience and I am confident that the right person has put his hand up.
Please support your committee this season, especially with a couple of new faces coming on board. From what I have seen, they have some fresh and exciting ideas. I can’t wait to see what the breath of fresh air will bring as the season starts to unfold.
The future is bright for our club, and I look forward to enjoying the new season with you all.
See you on the water.
August 22nd (Saturday) – 2015 AGFC Annual Presentation Dinner
This night is always the highlight on our club calendar. It will be held at the Hyde Park Tavern and promises to be a fun night, with give aways and the annual raffle. Members travel from around the state each year to catch up on this night and it is the one event not to miss. Come along and congratulate the winners! Invitations have been posted, so please finalise your numbers and rsvp to John Marsh at your earliest opportunity.
See you there!