Second place snapper competition winner for 2021, Brody Connelly with his 81.5cm snapper weighing in at 6kg.

WESTERN Port Bay holds a good population for snapper and the Corinella Boating and Angling Club wasn’t wasting any time in coming back together to celebrate the winners of its annual snapper competition.

The club committee, run by president Murray Wannan, held the barbecue presentation in Corinella on Sunday to present the lucky winners of the 2021 competition with their sponsored prize packs.

The first prize – worth over $1000 – was awarded to Alan Dalton, with his 85cm snapper weighing in at 7.2kg, caught on Friday, November 5.

Second prize winner Brody Connelly was awarded with new Tonic polarised eyewear after catching his 81.5cm snapper weighing in at 6kg on Sunday, October 31.

“This is great Murray, you wouldn’t believe it, but I just ran over my pair,” Brody said.

The 2021 competition was open to under 16s and 12-year-old Jack Huckett caught his snapper on Monday, November 1, weighing in at 4.18kg, and with this catch Jack walked away with first prize for the juniors.

“We have to give our sincere thanks to our sponsorships for the competition, Tonic polarised eyewear, Stormy lifejackets, Lone Star Marine and King Bait Berley Tackle; their prizes are just amazing this year,” Murray said.

Two additional prizes were given away at the barbecue: a mystery prize awarded to Roz Weiske and the club raffle to Kevin Ryan.

Members and non-members were welcome on Sunday to support the club and the competitors.

“I would also like to thank Koo Wee Rup Meats for their support in bringing the presentation together today,” Murray said.

Competitions are run regularly at the Corinella Boating and Angling Club but the annual snapper competition brought in outside competitors and ran from Friday, October 29 to Sunday, November 7.

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Around the Bay – Tuesday, November 9, 2021

With Jim’s Bait and Tackle

IT WAS great to welcome back all our metro customers after they were released just before the long weekend.

All the fishing spots – land and boat – were busy, and we saw plenty of numbers and quality of fish.

The weekend was also our first real trial of implementing the COVID check-in rules, before they get even tougher for businesses.

Sadly, the result was we were spending far too much time reminding people to check-in.

All we ask is for a little respect when entering our business: do what you need to and let things just work themselves out.

For those customers not vaccinated, we are not here to judge, as I know there are many reasons. Please contact us privately and while you will not be able to enter the shop, we are working on a few ideas to still be able to service your tackle needs.

Congratulations to all those who got close to the secret weight in our Melbourne Cup sweep, and managed to draw a horse that won a merch pack for you. It’s a bit of fun we do every year and again there were plenty of entries and taken in the spirit it is meant.

We will be continuing our weekly auctions soon up to Christmas, and plenty of other ways to be involved in competitions. One we are looking forward to and a suggestion that came from a customer is a charity auction.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details, but I can tell you there will be a bundle of our shop merch and a bag of the impossible to find real SA pippies.

It will be a bit of fun for a good cause with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to a charity which we will announce shortly.

While on pippies, the word from SA is the farmers are back at work, quota has been cut further, the demand for food is so great they are saying that they cannot see bait pippies becoming available anytime soon.

Despite there being no pippies, the whiting reports are still coming in and in very good numbers and sizes over the last couple of weeks. Squid, mussel, and pilchard fillet doing the trick and all of the normal places and times.

Tide changes and mostly shallow the best with only a couple of reports from the deeper areas. One thing that was noticeable with the reports was everyone was telling us the sizes were very mixed. You would pull in a 20cm one then next cast it would be a 45cm one, there was no consistency in the schools of whiting. Snapper are a bit harder to find as they move from the top end to the corals area.

Daytime has been very difficult in the boats, and we have seen more from the jetties at random times during the daylight. Very early morning and evening into the dark are the best times. Still some very good quality snapper around, but a lot more of the smaller pan size moving in.

We had a lot of reports over the Cup weekend of the undersized ones, mostly during the day. Deeper early and shallow in the evening with during the day a bit – or just guess!
The very small fish don’t seem to be around in that very early morning or late evening, so that’s the best time to fish if you want to avoid them. Calamari are well worth the effort of chasing at the moment, both from land and boat with some quality reports lately.

The jetty at San Remo and Newhaven, while still hit and miss, the hits are much better and we even had reports from customers bagging out, all from after dark. The reports from the boats also good and several finding good numbers, with average size but if you only found a few the size was excellent.