January 4th / 5th – Ladies and Juniors Weekend
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th – All GFAA species are available – ALL South Australian Waters – All line classes
Awards will be presented to the Highest Point Scoring Angler in the following sections:
SMALL FRY – Male and Female
JUNIORS – Male and Female
Ladies – Open section
Tag and Release AND Capture points will be combined to calculate the total score in each section – the
highest combined score in each category will be deemed the winner.
A CERTIFICATE WILL BE AWARDED TO EACH SMALL FRY AND JUNIOR ANGLER WHO SUBMITS A RECORDING
Recordings submitted by any males during this weekend will still be eligible for the Summer Light Tackle
Challenge – HAVE FUN!
January 15th – Victor Harbor SBT….again!
It seems that the run of Southern Bluefin Tuna which invaded the inshore waters of the southern Fleurieu last summer were no fluke, with some solid fish being landed throughout late December and into January. By mid January the majority of the fish had moved wide of Victor and The Pages but were still there in good numbers for those willing to do do the miles.
Matt and Paul Kanafa scored some great fish with their best weighing in at 32kg. John Marsh also scored a few, with a 9.5kg fish on 2kg being the stand out capture of his summer – nice catch Mr Marsh.
February 14th – 17th – Kangaroo Island Club Trip
To be eligible for the awards on offer – recordings must be made within 30 kilometres of any part of the Kangaroo Island coast.
You are allowed to launch from any boat ramp, as long as you are fishing within the 30km limit.
Skippers – know your boat, and ensure you have all of the relevant safety gear on board – also make sure you log on with VMR.
Should you have any other questions please contact a committee member.
As per usual – make sure your recordings are returned to the Weight Recorder within 14 days of returning from your trip.
February – Friday 14th 6:00am – Monday 17th 6:00pm
Categories: Most significant recording: Gamefish, Shark, Eagle Ray
Tight Lines! – AGFC Committee
February 16th / 17th – New Members show how it’s done!
New members Tiffany Sarah and Shane Evans enjoyed their time at Kangaroo Island on the weekend,
tagging a dozen SBT to 20kg as well as having some fun with the local shark population
Well Done guys…and welcome aboard!
February 16th – Mistress enjoys a great day on the Cabbage Patch
Andrew Sammut also snuck away last weekend and spent a day south of Port Lincoln with mate Steve
Discombe. The boys did ok too, with Samsons, Yellowtail Kings and SBT all being ticked off as the day
unfolded. Steve stole the show however, landing an 11kg SBT on fly!
February 28th – Tagging Re-captures
The AGFC has recently recieved several re-capture certificates from NSW Department of Primary Industries. Some of the results were quite outstanding, once again high lighting the value of tagging – Congratulations go to Kerry Heinicke, Lance Walkom, Paul Williams, Jamie Crawford, Adam Todd, Will McLeay and Aaron Komaromi!
CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW TO VIEW CERTIFICATES
March 1st – Eyre Peninsula report – Jamie Crawford
Tuna season has been pretty good over on the Eyre Peninsula again this year. Not as good as last season for rec fisho’s, but still a pretty solid season. Early in the season schools of SBT were holding on near shore reefs, but by late Jan the schools had already pushed offshore and started venturing eastward.
At the time of writing there are still good numbers of fish around the cabbage patch and rocky island, but the Neptunes and across to Greenly have been quite hit or miss. There is 1.5deg temp difference between Greenly and Rocky and hence warmer water and a lot more fish around Rocky.
There have been reasonable numbers of small to mid sized kings and samsons around Rocky, and to a lesser extent Greenly. Most of the kings have been in the 6 to 8kg bracket, with some better samsons up in the 20kg range. The cabbage patch has been a reliable reef system this year for samsons and smaller kings, with the boats making the long run out there scoring some great fish, and a better class of Bluefin. There was one SBT pulled of the patch which went 59kg, a very good fish for our waters.
In other fishing news, the snapper season has been very disappointing, with sparse numbers of small to mid sized fish being caught in the lower Gulf. I fished out wide of Arno Bay last week for only 2 fish to 3kg, very poor compared to past seasons. It’s the same story out in the western gutter, a lot of shifting to locate better fish.
There have been a few gummies and bronzies on local beaches, with a few makos encountered further offshore. There have been some XOS bronzies hanging around Rocky for the past 6 weeks, taking tuna from fisho’s on a regular basis. Other than that, fishing for table fish has been good, with nice nannies and mowies south of Passage, and KG’s moving into local bays.
– Jamie Crawford
March 4th – Yorke Peninsula Report – Aaron Komaromi
There’s plenty happening over at Yorkes at the moment. The snapper are still going off in close and up north of Ardrossan with a few rat kings and the odd Mulloway at the bhp jetty, had a couple of good sessions over there recently and got some mates onto some good reds.
There have been some big schools of salmon to 85cm off Daley Heads, with some good bronzys pushing them into the beach. The off shore fishing out wide of Marion bay has been excellent with the tuna in good numbers up to and over 30 kg from Snug all the way to Cape Borda and beyond. There are also some Big sharks shadowing the schools, we lost a couple of good fish to sharks on our first trip. Those looking at a big Bronzy or mako should have no trouble finding one to play with over near KI around the tuna schools at the moment. We are still picking up some decent school sharks and gummies on the reefs off Pondie along with the usual bottom fish for the table.
We also picked up some good Silver Trevally to 67cm on a couple of our drift grounds which are always a bit of fun. There are still a few Tuna out from Althorpe and around Wedge but not in the same numbers that are over near Kangaroo Island. I have found the kings a bit hit and miss this year off Pondie but hard against the islands are always worth a try down that way. Pondie ramp is in good condition at the moment making it easy to launch and retrieve.
– Aaron Komaromi
March 12th – Marion Bay Tournament
Please be reminded that our annual Marion Bay Tournament is fast approaching. Make sure you get along to the General Meeting tonight for further information on the week long event. The details of the Tournament are listed below, and as always if you have any questions regarding the comp, please contact a committee member.
March – Saturday 15th 6:00am – Sunday 23rd 6:00pm
Categories: Most Meritorious Gamefish, Shark, Eagle Ray – Highest Point Scoring Angler – Tag and Release / Capture –
Highest Point Scoring Boat
March 24th – Marion Bay fires with plenty of Tuna
Several boats managed to get out during the Tournament t over the past week. We can report that there were heaps of Bluefin between Snug Cove and Cape Borda with the sizes mainly between 12 and 16kg. Some great light tackle action was enjoyed with one crew landing plenty of SBT on 3kg and 4kg. There was also a sprinkling of sharks mixed in with them.
March 27th – Weight Recorder’s Report
Hello Members, I hope you all had a good Christmas break.
Our Summer Light Tackle Challenge was well supported with many members out on the water. Altough large numbers of fish were recorded, many didn’t make line class and were tagged. Some of the more significant recordings were John Marsh – SBT of 9.5kg on 2kg, Brandon Poynter – SBT 16.77kg on 4kg / Gummy Shark 22kg on 6kg. Our women and junior anglers showed the way with numerous great captures including Louise Marsh with her first recording for the club. Elizabeth Contos had a number of high scoring Carp, including one specimen of 3.1kg on 1kg. Lucy Williams tagged Salmon, Snapper and Eagle Rays and weighed and released Eagle Rays to 30kg on 8kg. Ashley Williams weighed and released her first fish for the club with a great Eagle Ray of 19kg on 4kg.
A highlight was Cody Snadden, our small fry junior, tagging several Southern Bluefin tuna and weighing a fantastic 18kg Tuna on 8kg! Not to be outdone, Braden Snadden (junior) captured a 14.5kg Tuna on just 6kg, beating the majority of senior anglers, a great effort.
The Ladies and Junior weekend was a great competetion despite the weather. Highest Point Scoring Angler was Lucy Williams who narrowly beat Elizabeth Contos. Lucy 1,292 points to Elizabeth’s 1,285! Lousie Marsh first fish for the club scored 100 points, another great effort.
Our club trip to Kangaroo Island attracted only one boat, in average weather, but with a great result. New members Shane Evans and tiffany Sarah tagged good numbers of Southern Bluefin and Shane tagged a Bronze Whaler after several lost fish. A great win and a high success rate to maintain!
Please check our club calendar for upcoming events and try to join in as many as possible.
Remember, any fish injured during capture, whether from line cuts, propellors, seals, sharks etc are ineligible under GFAA rules on mutilation. Please contact Adam or myself for clarification.
Good Fishing, Paul Williams.