Squid Competition

Jeff Roberts is the squid king of the Fremantle Sailing Cub!

In Sunday’s well-attended Squid Competition, a hulking 1.146kg specimen landed Jeff first prize in the male section, winning the keen angler a new Daiwa Black Label Egi rod, a Europa squidding rod, and a show bag of sponsors products.

Fishing with his mate Paul Kasper, in Jeff’s 21-ft Caribbean Reef Runner, the pair landed 11 squid in total, “somewhere between Fremantle and Rottnest”, using Yo-Zuri and Yamashita jigs.

While Jeff’s was the heaviest squid of the day, there were many noteworthy catches presented at the 3pm weigh-in, and several nudged the needle over the 1kg-mark on a family fun day when kids enjoyed the bouncy castle and produced some amazing squid designs for a colouring-in competition.

With $2000 worth of prizes on offer at the competition which was called off the previous weekend because of strong winds, Michelle Grosse claimed the first prize in the female section, with a 0.766kg specimen while Toby Clowes wore the biggest smile at weigh-in after hauling in a bulky 1.083kg squid to triumph in the boy’s division.

Ruby Collings won the girls section with her 0.596kg squid.

In pristine conditions, 40 boats with 200 hopefuls involved ventured far and wide from the 8:30am departure, scurrying here and there in big boats, small boats and some in-between, drifting over weed backs and broken ground in search of the prized cephalopods.

Back at the weigh-in by 3pm, Angling Captain David Kazim, Field Day Co-ordinator Bob Litster and Secretary Andrew Robinson weighed and recorded the heaviest squid caught by the various competitors in the different sections.

The day was jointly organised by the Angling, Power and Game Fishing sections, with sponsorship and donations coming from Allboats and Caravans, Tackle HQ, Boatservices Australia, Allways Marine, Larrikins wines, Sirocco/Brig Inflatables, Jazz Charters and Club Marine Insurance. Bailey’s Marine also provided some fuel vouchers as prizes.

David Kazim was delighted with the success of the competition and is already planning next year’s event. (More details in the next issue of Blue Water Bulletin)

“The squid competition demonstrates what can be achieved when the different sections pool together their resources, and for this I thank the Angling, Power and Game Fishing sections,“ David said.

“The day brought a lot of people together, the kids had a ball and hopefully further whetted their appetites for the enjoyment that boating and fishing can bring.

“And, any such event doesn’t really get off the ground without the support of sponsors and we had some great firms and individuals who chipped in to make this such a successful day.

“Planning for next year’s event has already started, there will be a few changes to ensure we continue to grow the event.”

Written by Ray Wilson

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