It was a story of the young bull and the old bull at the Angling Section’s January 13th weekend competition, which had been pushed back because of strong winds the previous weekend.

This time, the old bull won out, by the barest possible margin.

Bob Litster, the heart and soul of the section, along with wife Coralie, claimed his first victory of the season with a total of 47.6 points.

Young Marcus Sucur is no stranger to success in the competitions and had a mixed catch included a lovely king George, attracting 46.5 points. Nevertheless he couldn’t rein in Bob, who has been consistent in the four comps this season.

Bob doesn’t talk readily about his locations but he won the comp with a collection of his usual fare – sand whiting, herring and king george – and collected $100 towards his house support scheme.

Premium red wine was on the menu for the Litsters that night because Coralie’s decent sized squid took out the mystery fish prize, $100.





Aussie Joe Venter kept up his long run of success this season by claiming the lucky boat prize for the second time, while Coralie’s mystery fish booty was her third for the season.

As is often the case, the day threw up a few surprises, with the biggest being Sue Keenan-Smith’s prehistoric looking catch. It had a mouth as big as a nagging mother-in-law’s and ominous spikes up through its dorsal fin. It was as ugly as sin, and at the weigh-in, it was dismissed as a stonefish.

That was a close assessment but no cigar, as Sue consulted her fish identification books at home and, with husband Pat doing more detective work, identified the fish as a gurnard perch which falls within the fish family Scorpaenidae, along with the infamous stonefish of the tropics.

This gurnard has a particularly large, rounded head, bulging eyes,  a slender body with large spotted pectoral fins, and 13 long venomous dorsal spines. It can be a particularly nasty creature because its poisonous spines can inflict a painful sting.  Poison glands are found at the base of the dorsal, anal, and ventral fin spines.

Aside from all that, the humble gurnard perch is very popular in places like Italy, and according to Pat and Sue it is delicious to eat. Alas it’s a species that carries no weight at the weigh in, so Sue couldn’t claim points for her talking point of the day.

  • Ray Wilson, Angling Section Publicity Officer.
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