The easterly was up early so we decided to stay in close for the B&B species near the reefs. Conditions weren’t that flash but we managed to burley up herring, garfish and skippy although the bite was slow and the fish were wary. The highlight was seeing a couple of boats put out live herring (the herring were being chased by sambos when hooked) and connecting with big sambos in very shallow reefy water.
The wind started to drop after a few hours so we decided to head further out to sound some deeper ground (about 20m). Conditions had got quite nice by this time so we used the sounder to locate structure that was holding fish, and the Minn Kota to “anchor” on it. Mark from MJ’s Rigs had sent me a sample of a paternoster that is was itching to try so down it went with a whole pilchard and bonito fillet on a very likely bit of ground. Within seconds I was hooked up and boated a nice 4kg Baldchin – some anxious moments with the deckie and the net but we got it in the end.
The weigh in was where it all went “pear shaped”. We had “hidden” behind the marina break wall to clean up the boat and bag the fish. I was stupid enough to leave the comp rules at home on Friday and had asked for them to be brought up to work before we left – 2 plastic bags, one with food and one with fishing stuff. When I asked the deckie for the fishing stuff bag, unfortunately it didn’t come along – can’t blame the 10 year old though. Anyway I just chucked the fish in the bag from my iced up live bait tank to the esky.
Wrong, you could only weigh in one fish of each species so when our bags went up they were rightly disqualified. I have to accept total responsibility for being dumb and stupid. I should have looked after the rules, I should have listened more carefully at the “rev up” and/or I should have checked with other members as we had lots of time. The worry then was that my stupidity would cost the Club. I had to put the Baldchin on the scales after the weigh in and of course it was more than half a kilo heavier than the next one so 3 points down the drain (luckily another MAAC Member caught the next heaviest so my mistake was minimised). As the results were announced it was with great relief that the MAAC had enough points from its excellent fishermen to take the cup. A lesson for all, make sure you read the rules in anything that you do, so you don’t have to suffer the consequences (yes, the sledging was quite severe).