Australian Anglers Association, (WA Division) Inc.

2005/2006 State Estuary Championships

The State Estuary Fishing Championships for 2005/2006 was held in the Mandurah Peel Inlet and the rivers that flow into it on Saturday and Sunday, 26/27 November, 2005, for teams of club members and for individual club members from clubs affiliated with AAA.

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

Headquarters for the event was at the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club. The club is set at the entrance to the Peel Inlet, surrounded by the well tended lawns and is a perfect setting to run such an event. The organising committee is grateful for the use of the facilities and support that was offered during the event by Gerry Pietersen.

Competitors fished in seriously rough conditions. I cannot remember such rough conditions for a State Estuary event that has been run in November.

A gale force east wind blew for the duration, easing only around dawn. The event was accompanied by a long period of nearby lightning, a torrential downpour overnight and a heavy hail storm. On Sunday the temperature peaked at 33 degrees.

Donors to this event were:- Bunbury Angling Club, Fremantle Amateur Angling Club, and Melville Amateur Angling Club.

Thanks to the organising committee for their efforts in putting the event together. Special thanks to:-

John Ward as organiser of the prizes for the event, Don Cox as the Field Day Officer, Peter Stoeckel for organising the trophies for the event, Sharon Smith as Photographer for the event, Gerry Pietersen for assistance during the event and for the use of the Headquarters facilities, and Andrew Stoeckel for assistance in running the computer scoring system.

Kevin Hughes, Chairman, Rock and Beach and Estuary Subcommittee.


Individual Winners.

MenWinnerKevin HughesBunbury Angling Club
Runner-up Steve BruhnMelville Amateur Angling Club
LadiesWinnerFilomena D'Alonzo Surf Casting and Angling Club
Runner-upSharon Osborne Surf Casting and Angling Club
VeteransWinnerPeter OsborneSurf Casting and Angling Club
Runner-upTony D'AlonzoSurf Casting and Angling Club
Mini JuniorWinnerMitchell BellOcean Reef Sea Sports Club
Runner-upNatalie CassOcean Reef Sea Sports Club

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

Winning Teams.

MenWinnerOcean Reef Sea Sports Club
Runner-up Melville Amateur Angling Club
LadiesWinnerSurf Casting and Angling Club
Runner-upMelville Amateur Angling Club
VeteransWinnerSurf Casting and Angling Club
Runner-upMelville Amateur Angling Club
Mini Junior Winner Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club
Runner-upBunbury Angling Club

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

Heaviest of species caught were:

Black Bream 670g Mick BurginMelville Amateur Angling Club
Whiting 200g Kevin Hughes Bunbury Angling Club
Herring 330g Natalie CassOcean Reef Sea Sports Club
Tailor 510g Kevin Hughes Bunbury Angling Club
Tarwhine 345g Peter Osborne Surf Casting and Angling Club
Salmon 475g Peter OsborneSurf Casting and Angling Club
Skippy 380g Tony BresnanMelville Amateur Angling Club

Some adjustments were made to the heaviest of species list because not all species on the list were caught.

Patron's Cup was won by Melville Amateur Angling Club


This event was run under the following:-

Rules of The Day

For 2005/6 State Estuary Championships on Saturday 26/Sunday 27 November, 2005.

Headquarters: Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club

Boundaries: All waters inside the Peel and Harvey Inlets and the Serpentine and Murray Rivers from a line drawn across the groynes at the Dawesville Cut and at the old estuary entrance. Fishing in the ocean, outside of the groynes is not permitted.

Registration: Between 11am to 12 noon Saturday 26 November, 2005. Compulsory registration at this location between the nominated times is a requirement. Note that the organisers can make other arrangements for any participants who cannot be present at this time if organised prior to the event. Enquiries to the sub committee chairman.

Briefing: By a written set of Rules of the Day, issued at the time of registration.

Lines Down:- 2 pm Saturday 26 November, 2005.

Weigh in: 10am Sunday 27 November, 2005.

General Rules:

1. All competitors must be registered as individuals on the individual registration form (20 kilobyte pdf file.)

2. Clubs may nominate up to two teams in each category by completing the team nomination form (18 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, 2005

juniors: under 16 on the 1st August, 2005

mini juniors: under 12 on the 1st August, 2005

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.

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..

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.)

Trophies and Prizes

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

2. Heaviest of species prizes will be awarded for heaviest of: Black Bream, Whiting, Flathead, Tailor, Mulloway, Pilch (yellow eyed mullet), Herring. If some of these are not caught, then the reserves are Tarwhine and Garfish.

An information booklet for the 2005/6 Estuary Championships (1,088 kilobyte PDF file) has been prepared with all information about the championships. This single sided A4 web version has a different page layout to the double sided folded A5 printed version which has been distributed to clubs and members.

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