Big seas, small fish

Eastern Courier - - News -

Atro­cious weather was not enough to stop 53 hardy souls from hit­ting the high seas on Sun­day in the name of sport fish­ing.

The fifth out­ing of the Top Catch King of Jet­ski fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion saw most of the an­glers brave ter­ri­ble con­di­tions in the hunt for glory.

The event be­gan at East­ern Beach with a shot­gun start on Sun­day morn­ing.

Event or­gan­iser An­drew Hill says only 12 mostly out-of-town com­peti­tors opted out be­cause of the weather.

He says the event was a suc­cess over­all de­spite the less than favourable con­di­tions.

‘‘It was pretty mis­er­able weather but that’s the way it goes,’’ he says.

‘‘We went ahead and ev­ery­one en­joyed them­selves.’’

Heavy rain and 35 knot winds tested the an­glers and the win­ning fish was not a patch on last year’s 10kg ef­fort.

‘‘The win­ning fish was smaller than ex­pected.

‘‘It was ex­treme go­ing from 10kg last year to just 2kg,’’ he says.

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