Australian Anglers Association, (WA Division) Inc.

2002 State Beach And Rock Angling Championships.

The Australian Anglers Association ran it's annual Beach and Rock Fishing Championships over the weekend of 16/17 March on the beaches and reefs between Cervantes and Green Head. Weigh in was at the Jurien Bay Caravan Park on Sunday.

These championships, like all Association events, catered for families and all age groups by running five different divisions. There are two junior divisions, one for little kids, (mini-juniors up to 12 years), one for bigger kids (juniors, over 12 and under 16 years), plus ladies, men and veterans (over 55 years) divisions. The Association encourages family participation and there are a number of families that participate as a group in it's events.

These championships are a social event with a competitive outlook for club members, and a time when clubs get together and talk fishing. They raise fishing to a higher level with high expectations which can be realised when your team or one of your team members is successful in the competition.

So 29 men, 5 ladies, 11 veterans, 5 juniors and 4 mini Juniors signed on for the event and enjoyed superb autumn weather. Winds were medium south westerly for the weekend - not the strong sand blasting winds usually endured during summer, and the seas and swell were light. To top off the weekend, the mild daytime temperatures were coupled with a warm night.

During the event some good fish were caught, but the mulloway were all having a holiday somewhere else. Steve Bradley caught a 12.25 kg Hammerhead shark, and George Holman caught a 2.6 kg tailor from south of Jurien. Some of the gardies and herring were monsters - with a 325 gram garfish (a real mini marlin) and a 400 gram herring weighed in. There were some big yellow fin whiting around the beaches, and good range of smaller fish at Jurien itself for the people with two wheel drive.

Heaviest fish of species caught were:-

SpeciesWeightCaught ByClub
Garfish0.325 kgAllan CuthbertOSAC (Beach)
Whiting0.325 kgFilomena D'AlonzoSurfcasters
Shark12.250 kgSteve BradleyOSAC (Beach)
Flathead0.900 kgTony D'AlonzoNorthern Districts
Tarwhine0.410 kgPaul WillisOSAC (Beach)
Tailor2.600 kgGeorge HolmanSurfcasters
Herring0.400 kgTony D'AlonzoNorthern Districts
Trevally0.650 kgAllan PriceBunbury

Steve Bradley and his 12.25kg Hammerhead.

George Holman and his 2.6kg Tailor (Sorry, the fish is overexposed)

Individual winners were:-

MenwinnerPaul Willis from the Offshore Angling Club (Beach).
runner upAllan Price from the Bunbury Angling Club.
LadieswinnerJanet Hughes from Bunbury Angling Club.
runner upFilomena D'Alonzo from Surf Casting and Angling Club.
VeteranswinnerTony D'Alonzo from Northern Districts Club.
runner upBob Henderson from Surf Casting and Angling Club.
Juniorswinner Chris Hoult from Whitfords Sea Sports Club.
runner up Daniel Bell from Whitfords Sea Sports Club.
Mini JuniorswinnerPeter Gauci from Whitfords Sea Sports Club.
runner upMitchell Bell from Whitfords Sea Sports Club.

All the details of individual results are listed in Full individual results.

Winning teams were:-

MenwinnerOffshore Angling Club (Beach) 1793.6 points.
runner upBunbury Angling Club.752.8 points.
LadieswinnerBunbury Angling Club.361.4 points.
runner upSurf Casting and Angling Club143.6 points.
VeteranswinnerNorthern Districts Club.307.0 points.
runner upSurf Casting and Angling Club225.4 points.
Juniorswinner Whitfords Sea Sports Club.390.8 points.
Mini JuniorswinnerWhitfords Sea Sports Club.114.6 points.
runner upSurf Casting and Angling Club50.8 points.

All the details of team results are listed in Full team results.

As usual, the fish were where you found them, or where you could berley them in. The Jurien jetty had a good range of smaller fish. Some of us went to spots which have produced fish in the past, settled in and berleyed up but without the results to match the effort.

One member remarked that he fished until 1am for not too many fish, but had plenty of action with several stingrays, which are not eligible for the competition and were all released. So he moved to another spot and ended up with six different species of fish and a win in the veterans division.

The fish were around in some places, but were not all cooperating. When we first arrived at our spot, we saw a big brown patch up the beach a few hundred metres, and with the glare from the sun, we weren't sure if it was seaweed or a school of fish. Well, we didn't have to wonder for too long - there aren't too many patches of seaweed which can move like that. They swam past us and we are sure it was a big school of tailor. But the clock said 1:30 pm and the start of fishing wasn't until 2:00 pm, so we couldn't get started. By start time they were way down the beach and well out to sea. So we hoped they would get hungry and come looking around our berley - but it wasn't to be.

Schools of good sized mullet swam along the beach quite close in, and some were followed by tailor which fell to poppers and lures.

The Association's events are run at different venues each year, providing variety for the member clubs. We have not held a championship at Jurien since 1985. With the fish that were available and the kind weather in March and the easy fishing conditions, the event may be run there again.

If you have any interest in joining with the AAA on these trips, look us up on the web, or contact your local club, or contact the Association Secretary and we will have someone contact you with further information. We have many clubs that have different fishing related activities that may be just what you are wanting.

This event was the third major State Championship in the AAA calendar this year. The final event will be the State Boat Fishing Championships, and will be hosted by the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club and held on April 27, 2002 at Ocean Reef Marina.

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This page last updated 19 March 2002.