What started off a brilliant weekend with nice steady 10 knot winds and consistent overcast conditions for shallow egi fishing ended on a slightly more sour note.
Teams all in water and accounted for, a quick inspection of boats and live wells and we were ready to roll, I always enjoy the friendly banter between the teams while rigging rods and setting up as it sets a nice competitive scene yet allows the friendly rivalry to flow between mates. Seven am rolls on and the teams are all called to the line and they're off, albeit at a nice and slow pace due to speed limits in the river but as soon as they hit the open water the white wash made it clear that throttles were open wide as boats dissolved into the rising sun on the horizon.
The last 2 teams to come off the water were sure to mix things up a bit, rumors were milling about a couple of big girls in live wells that could cause an upset, Team mrfisho.com were first to present a bag a what a bag it was. Both Andrew Smith and Richard Greven had whopping grins on their faces as I took the bag off them, every one waiting with baited breath for the scales to settle and give us the verdict, 3 squid for a total weight of 4.520kg knocking Vicsalt off the top spot and breaking the recored set by Dale and Paul, a quick glance in the bag to weigh for big squid after weighing the 2 bigger version's they placed a weight for big squid with a 1.895kg again knocking Dale and Paul off the top in the Big Squid prize and set a new record for both heaviest bag and heaviest squid weighed in an egi event, with the new level set we sat and waited the arrival of the boys from Bigtime Megabass.
The moment had come with the black Coota Craft of team Bigtime Megabass sighted in the entrance of the Patterson river, a bit of anticipation from all as they did not know what the boys had in the well and Gawaine Blake and Dave Standing from Bigtime Megabass did not yet know what had been weighed, I took the bag from Gawaine and straight away from the feel of the bag I knew it was going to be a close finish. Bag on the scale a recorded weight of 4.960kg brought them up trumps, for the 3rd time in one day we had the record for the biggest bag broken. This left the boys placed in first for the event leading into day 2, i selected the biggest 2 squid from the bag for a look at big squid weight and put them on the scale and it does not get any closer than this, the biggest in the bag from Gawaine and Dave was 1.890kg just a poofteenth off the big squid record set by Richard and Andy, 5g seperated them for big squid at the end of day one and lest than 700g separated the top 3 and with bags like this it was still anyone's win with some of the squid sizes we were witness to, great day 1 with records smashed all round. Both teams used a range of Megabass Dart Crews and UDSL's to get them over the line with a mention to the
I awoke early in the morning to a creaking sound coming from the veranda in my backyard, this meant one thing, WIND. I made a dash for the computer to check the weather observations and things did not look good, forecast was showing a 20knt NW wind not easing until the evening, knowing how brilliant Melbourne's forecasters have been in the last few months I would not make a decision until I could get near the water and see for myself, teams were all at the ramp awaiting the call on the days fate, I drove to the mouth of the river for a look see, I did not like what I saw. Upon my browse of the water I observed a direct westerly wind blowing approx 25knt straight down the river, with the rain received overnight there was excess water coming out of the Patterson River, this leads to one thing, the water was standing up at about 1.5meters and the chop was less than 3 seconds apart, beyond the mouth things were still approx 3/4 to 1 meter across the Bay. As I am not a competitor in the event I felt that it was not my choice to make and allowed the teams to decide on majority if the day would proceed. After speaking with all teams involved the decision was made unanimously to cancel the days fishing for the safety of all teams and the sanity of me. For some this meant a return to a nice warm bed while others it meant a trip to Western Port where a little more shelter is available in a westerly wind.
We scheduled the presentation for 1400pm at the ramp as advertised and went our own ways until the afternoon. Let me tell you some of the photo's I received from team members from Team Yamashita would have had Paul Hourmouzis and Eisuke Kawakami up there with some of the best, was good to see that it was not a totaly wasted trip from Japan for Eisuke.
Please see the chart below for the full results.
These things don't run on their own and this event could not have
happened if not for the help of the staff at Launching Way, Trevor and
Lynette you are a credit to the ramp at Patterson River as are your
staff, the guys Fishing Fever for supporting the round and allowing us
to flood the shop with people on one of the busiest times of the night
on Friday for the briefing and Yamashita for supporting the events
though out the year it is an honor and a privilege to work with these
people. Finally a massive thanks to the most important people, the
competitors, spectators and volunteers, with out them we would have no
events so a big thanks to all teams who entered and to Dan Stanilovic
and Kim Stewart for their help.