Big catches at contest
Nickol Bay Sportfishing Club held its annual bream and mangrove jack competition in the creek systems between Maitland and Hampton Harbour earlier this month.
The Saturday, February 4, event drew seven boats and 15 anglers to enjoy the near glass-off weather and target bream and mangrove jack on lures.
A lot of anglers landed over their three-fish competition bag limit for jacks and a couple also hit their limit for bream.
Wayne Brown took out the combined jack and bream category, filling his three-fish limit for both species with a total 197cm of fish.
Scott Guthrie snuck in by one centimetre over Ralph Acker in the combined jack total score with 37cm, 39cm and 41cm fish totalling 117cm from a hot morning session.
Brown’s name was called again for the combined bream section, after he found a school of bream all 28cm long, totalling 84cm.
The biggest adult mangrove jack prize was taken by Toby Mason with a very respectable 43cm fish.
Biggest adult bream was another prize to the Reef Dog team, with Kevin Deacon sneaking in before Brown on the countback with a 28cm bream.
Junior Jack Tocas from boat the Disco Prawn found a solid 46cm mangrove jack, and the champion junior bream title went to Brock Crowhurst with a nice 31cm catch.