Whyalla angler, Gavin Schroeder, has taken out the city's 23rd Australian Snapper Championship at Easter with a 12.84kg fish and held the top spot on the leader board from day two of the competition.
An 11.96kg snapper caught by local angler Tony Spackman finished in second place.
Local female angler Teagan Sammut was the leader at the end of day one with her 11.30kg Snapper pulled in on Friday night and she finished the competition in third place. Teegan also took out the Bob Buckton Memorial Award for the heaviest snapper caught by a female. In addition to Teegan's effort a few of the other female anglers showed their prowess. Local Candice Smith hooked her very first snapper and weighed in at 11.30kg finishing in fifth place.
The heaviest snapper caught by a Junior this year weighed in at 10.32kg and that honour was awarded to Cameron Lemmers.
Over 40 teams were again registered this year with top honours going to the “Swag Kings” comprising Darrell Murray, Jo-Anne Broad, Andrew Sammut and Cameron Lemmers bringing home a combined weight of 39.12kg.
Unlike last year when winds kept many boats on shore for much of Good Friday, conditions were vastly different with most of the 180 plus boats in the water, and a similar story unfolding for the entire three-day event. Day one was certainly a quiet day for snapper fishing, with fishing reports running true to form – indicating that the snapper would be hard to find.
This year's champion took home $5,000 cash, around $2,000 of fishing equipment and the event's famous trophy. The runner-up received $2,500 and an estimated $1,000 of fishing tackle, with third place $1,000 cash and $500 of equipment.
Around 150 prizes valued at more $50,000 had been distributed by the time the presentation ceremony was over.