Young Marcus Sucur always fronts up at the weekend fishing competitions with a ready smile and a sense of anticipation.

But on April 8 there was a special reason, in fact two, for Marcus to wear a broader grin than normal.

The day started with four boats – skippered by Bob Litster, Joe Ventner, Marcus’ dad Goran and Ray Wilson – dealing with an unpleasant sou-easter before defying the forecast and dropping off by mid-morning.

The boats ventured far and wide to weigh-in a respectable haul, but all the hardened veterans were upstaged by Mighty Marcus.

At the weigh-in the usual suspects in herring, sand whiting, skippy, pike, squid and one king George had been processed by Field Officer Bob Litster before Marcus and his dad took centre stage.

Marcus walked towards the Angling section’s shed, battling to carry his white bucket which had two tails sticking out the top.

The older blokes were totally gobsmacked when Marcus struggled to lift one, then two snapper from his bucket, the biggest stopping the scales at 4.8kg and measuring 79cm. It was a fine catch by the young fella who also had a few nice skippy, a squid and a breaksea cod to win the day’s competition amid some hearty “well done young man” from the older anglers.

Goran, who was delighted to be out-fished by his son, reported that the snapper were caught in a sand hole out towards the five fathom bank while berleying up for whiting.

Ray Watson, a newcomer to the competition, won the mystery fish award with his king george while Joe received $90 towards his house support scheme after getting the lucky boat prize.

There is a midweek competition scheduled for April 26, and the May weekend competition is listed for May 6.

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