THE NSW Fishing Clubs Association Gary Chapman Interdivisional Teams Offshore Event was held over the October long weekend at Crowdy Head with some excellent and quality fish caught.
Finally a long weekend saw two perfect days of weather come after a nasty and windy bushfire prone week in the lead up.
Twelve-man teams from seven divisions throughout the State contested the two day event with early morning six hour fishing rounds. About 42 boats and anglers coming from as far as Berry, the Shoalhaven, Wollongong, Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle and locally participated.
From inshore reefs and as far out as the shelf good catches of quality snapper, teraglin, kingfish, flathead, pearl perch, mulloway, bar cod and mixed reef fish were landed and weighed under strict size and bag limits.
The best angler was Gary Seddon from the Central Coast Blue Water Division with 26 fish for 79.46kg.
Craig Stockton from Western Division weighed an 8.74kg snapper, Shaun Butcher from the Central Coast Anglers weighed a 16.70kg mulloway, Ivor Wright from the South Coast Division weighed a 15.90kg bar cod and Gillian Wright weighed a 5.60kg kingfish
The winning division was Central Coast Blue Water with 3150.40 points and the runner up division was Sydney North with 2332.40 points.
All the results and photos can be viewed on the association's website at www.nswfca.com.au
Bob Smith BM, president and organiser, said that only one pontoon was in operation at the Crowdy ramp which made for a slower mass launch and retrieve.
To show how important the Crowdy Head facility and area is relied upon by all fishers and what sort of tourist attraction it is, Bob said that when he departed the ramp at 6.30am after the competitors stamped out he counted more than 70 cars and 4WDs with boat trailers in the car park with many more arriving.