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Australian Anglers Association, (WA Division) Inc.



2004/2005 State Estuary Championships



The State Estuary Fishing Championships for 2004/2005 were held in the Swan and Canning Rivers on Saturday and Sunday, 27/28 November, 2004, for teams of club members and for individual club members from clubs affiliated with AAA.

The weatherman was kind to us for this year's State Estuary Championships. The sea breeze was not strong, the overnight temperature was moderate and no rain. Perfect.

The purpose of the event was to provide an enjoyable outing for members plus an inter club event.

Fifty one members from five clubs fished from the shore and from boats and found a variety of fish during the course of Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. They found that the river has a healthy fish population. Some people may be surprised with what can be caught in the river. A total of fourteen species were caught, with eight the highest individual tally. There were several bags of six or seven species each too. Any bag with six to eight species is a good one and is a credit to the angler. Getting them from an estuary is an even better effort.

A sample of the species caught included:

Mulloway. Only one was presented at the weigh in, a 12kg fish caught by Peter de Groot from the Melville club.

Tailor. Many tailor were in the river. The minimum size was lifted to 30cm earlier this year and most were undersize and released after landing. Accordingly only eight participants caught tailor. Lisa King from the Bunbury Angling Club caught the biggest - 275g.

Flounder. Only seven participants caught one. Spencer King from Surfcasters caught the biggest - 625g.

Whiting. Yellow Fin and Trumpeter Whiting were caught over a wide ranging area and from several habitat types. Whiting were caught by many. The biggest was by Tony Bresnan from Melville - 450g. A top quality fish.

Black Bream. These are always a high profile fish, but only eight participants caught one and shows how difficult they can be to catch. Peter de Groot caught the biggest - a beauty at 800g

Flathead. These are widely spread over the whole of the river system - from the bridges at Fremantle up to Wilson and Guildford. They can be taken on a wide range of baits and lures. Leon Ridgeway from Bunbury Angling Club caught the biggest at 950g.

Tarwhine. This species was caught by many. Melville Angling Club member Paul Willis' 750g fish was the biggest.

King George Whiting. Another high profile fish. The increase in the minimum size to 28cm earlier this year limited the catch. Only two were caught. Tony Bresnan's 350g fish was the biggest.

If you have read this report to the end, you must have an interest in this type of fishing. Why not give it a go?

The next AAA organised estuary event is in November, 2005. Have a look through the pages and see where it is. We would be pleased to have you on board. The only qualification is to be a member of an affiliated club.

Happy reading and happy fishing.

Species Winners.

Whiting Tony Bresnan 450 g Melville Amateur Angling Club
Tailor Lisa King 300 g Bunbury Angling Club
Flathead Leon Ridgeway 950 g Bunbury Angling Club
Flounder Spencer King 625 g Surf Casting and Angling Club
Black Bream Peter de Groot 800 g Melville Amateur Angling Club
Tarwhine Paul Willis 750 g Melville Amateur Angling Club
Mulloway Peter de Groot 12.0 kg Melville Amateur Angling Club
Most Unusual Species
King George Whiting Tony Bresnan 350 g Melville Amateur Angling Club


Peter deGroot's 12.0 kg mulloway caught at the 2004/5 State Estuary Championships.  Tony Bresnan's 450 gram Yellowfin Whiting caught at the 2004/5 State Estuary Championships.  Leon Ridgeway's 950 gram Flathead caught at the 2004/5 State Estuary Championships  Tony Bresnan's 350 gram King George Whiting caught at the 2004/5 State Estuary Championships. Spencer King's 625 gram Flounder caught at the 2004/5 State Estuary Championships. Peter de Groot's 800 gram Black Bream caught at the 2004/5 State Estuary Championships.

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Individual Winners.

MenWinnerAdam EastmanMelville Amateur Angling Club
Runner-up Paul WillisMelville Amateur Angling Club
LadiesWinnerJanet HughesBunbury Angling Club
Runner-upLisa King Bunbury Angling Club
VeteransWinnerFrancis BresnanMelville Amateur Angling Club
Runner-upGeorge BrownFremantle Amateur Angling Club
Mini JuniorWinnerJordan BunceFremantle Amateur Angling Club

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

Winning Teams.

MenWinnerMelville Amateur Angling Club (1)
Runner-up Melville Amateur Angling Club (2)
LadiesWinnerBunbury Angling Club
Runner-upMelville Amateur Angling Club (1)
VeteransWinnerFremantle Amateur Angling Club
Runner-upMelville Amateur Angling Club (1)
Mini Junior WinnerFremantle Amateur Angling Club
Runner-upMelville Amateur Angling Club

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



This event was run under the following:-

Rules of The Day

For 2004/5 State Estuary Championships on 27th/28th November, 2004.

Boundaries: Upstream from the Fremantle traffic bridge (the old wooden one). Includes fishing from the bridge itself. Fishing is prohibited from any areas that are not open to public access eg private yacht club jetties.

Registration: Troy Park, Burke Dr, Attadale from 11am-12 noon Saturday, 27th November.

Weigh in: Troy Park, Burke Dr, Attadale at 11am sharp 28th November.

Presentation: Troy Park about 12 noon.

Lines Down: 2pm Saturday.

General Rules:

1. All competitors must be registered as individuals on the individual registration form (24 kilobyte pdf file.)

2. Clubs may nominate up to two teams in each category by completing the team nomination form (23 kilobyte pdf file.) These forms must be submitted prior to registration close. No separate fee is required.

3. Team numbers are:

mens: up to seven competitors with the best six scores counted

all other teams: up to four competitors with the best three scores counted.

4. Individual entry fees:

mens and ladies $10.00

veterans, juniors and mini juniors $5.00

5. Ages for categories

veterans: over 55 on the 1st August, 2004

juniors: under 16 on the 1st August, 2004

mini juniors: under 12 on the 1st August, 2004

Condition of Fish for Weighing:

1. Any fish presented for weighing that are rotten, badly deteriorated or generally in an unfit state shall not be eligible for weighing. Fish must be whole and clean.

2. Fish MUST be presented for weighing in either: (a) Natural fibre bags, such as hessian or cloth, preferably in an esky with ice OR (b) Open weave bags such as dive or onion bags, and MUST be in an esky with ice. Fish that are not presented in accordance with (a) or (b) will be disqualified. Fish presented in plastic film bags (such as chain store or rubbish) or woven plastic or fibreglass bags will be disqualified.

3. Fish that have their necks broken will be pushed back into original shape and must be 1cm longer than the listed minimum size. This also applies to gilled and/or gutted fish.

Bag Limits and Point Scoring:

1. Catch limits for any particular species must not exceed the Fisheries Department one day limit.

2. The number of fish to be weighed-in by a competitor cannot exceed 8 (eight) of any one species (or the State Fisheries Department one day limits). The total bag limit must not exceed a total of 50 (fifty).

3. Competition points will be awarded as follows:

1 point per fish

4 points per kilogram

10 points per listed species, see separate List of Eligible Species (24 kilobyte PDF file.)

4. The organising committee has concerns for the Cobbler stocks in the Swan River. The weighing of Cobbler is not permitted in this event. Any fish presented will be withdrawn from the bag.

Trophies and Prizes

1. Trophies will be awarded to the winners and runners up in all individual and team categories

2. Species prizes will be awarded for the heaviest Mulloway, Tailor, Flounder, Whiting, Black Bream, Flathead, Silver Bream, most unusual fish. First reserve; Herring.






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