Easter, 3rd-5th April 2015
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A Message from the 2015 Co-ordinator...
Well 2015 is all but done and dusted, but alas there is no resting as planning starts for the 25th event in 2016.
How exciting to see the 24th event Championship trophy go over the border to Country Victoria, Batesford.This year shows a story of hope as long-term angler Wayne Barry after fishing 22 out of the 24 comps has finally taken home the Holy Grail of fishing. Wayne was overwhelmed as he never dreamed he would one day take the trophy home. Wayne is a well-deserved winner who has a love of fishing and enjoyed coming to Whyalla to take part in the comp. In a year that the big fish were hard to find persistence paid off with Wayne pulling in a11.18kg fish on day three. Pauls son David also managed to get on the leader board in 8th place with a snapper that weighed in 8.76kg, a great effort!
This was a fantastic year for Whyalla women who took out second, third and fourth placing’s-Kathy Reschke 11.04kg, Fiona Sammut10.8kg, and Rebecca Gibbons 10.44kg. Kathy’s fish also gave her the title of heaviest snapper caught by a female, this award is known as the Bob Buckton Memorial Award.
This year competitors travelled from SA, NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA and the NT, so there was a pretty good spread across the board of States being represented.
At Snapper HQ we would like to personally thank long term Major Partner Shimano, and Whyalla Spot on Sport Fishing, without this support this event would not be possible. Pauline Jones works tirelessly behind the scenes to sort the product used for prizes throughout the event. With Wes Jones seeing the benefit in supporting our up and coming young fishers by sponsoring the heaviest junior snapper caught, Shimano product to the value of $600 was presented Whyalla Junior Sam Marshall, who landed a 8.56kg fish.In tough economic times new sponsors added to the comprehensive prize packagethis year. Around 150 prizes worth approximately $50,000 were shared around at the Sunday night presentation ceremony.
Sponsors make the competition happen, without their generosity there would be no Championship, so make sure you support them!
Volunteers, well what can we say, this year saw an influx of new volunteers, which was awesome in these times where everyone is so time poor. Quite a few of our past volunteers were around to show the newbies the ropes. The enthusiasm and willingness of all of our respected helpers did not stop, from the impromptu aerobics sessions to the final pack of the Championship Marquee, we thank you for all your hard work and hours of support.
As the co-ordinator for 2015 the pressure was on from the start due to circumstances beyond my control, without the support of long term Snapper Comp guru,Phill Stone and the wonderful Rebecca the task of making the comp happen would have been near impossible, so thank you guys for all your assistance. We would like to wish Phill all the best in his well-deserved retirement; apparently Elvis is really leaving the building.
Watch this space for news of 2016!
2015 Australian Snapper Championship Co-ordinator
A big thank you all of our 2015 sponsors:
Classic Hits 5AU/Magic 105.9
Southern Cross Austereo
Lions Club of Whyalla- Mount Laura
Westland Shopping Centre
Whyalla Caravan Park
Harry’s Camping Supplies
Westland Hotel Motel