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Thursday 3rd of October 2019
#64 :   2019 State Titles Report
Author  Dave Reberger

2019 State Titles Report at Agnes Water/1770

The competition started for our Sth Qld contingent on Friday evening with a welcome BBQ at the house of the RCAA boys and the hand out of the new SQAFCA shirts. This was a great get together of all the competitors with the exception of the 2 City Hall boys that did not arrive until Saturday morning.

The registration and old friends afternoon and all weigh ins were conducted at the Agnes Water Sport and Rec Club Agnes Water which was about a 10 minute drive from the main town.

The first competition was the Light Gear event and we had members that fished both the Round Hill and Middle Creek areas, best catches came from both areas but only a few spots produced the fish.

Light Gear Highlights

Overall Ladies
1ST Ron Curtis Tweed Coast 1st Zoe Hague Central Qld
2nd Les Clark Sth Qld 2nd Jane Clark Tweed Coast
3rd Aaron Bell Central Qld 3rd Toni Richards Tweed Coast
Veterans Juniors
1ST Ron Curtis Tweed Coast 1st Jackson Dudman Sth Qld
2nd Mick Horan Sth Qld 2nd Ezekiel Bullard Bundaberg
3rd Barry Counter Central Qld 3rd Blade Payne Sth Qld
Males
1st Les Clark Sth Qld
2nd Aaron Bell Central Qld
3rd Mike Black Sth Qld
Divisional Teams Club Teams
1st Central Qld 100% 1ST Keppel 100%
2nd Mackay 81.17% 2nd Blue Fin 75.15%
3rd Sth Qld 76.06% 3rd Pottsville 70.66

Veteran Light Gear Champion Mick Horan

Boat Estuary Highlights

This event was conducted in Bustard Bay and the 3 creeks entering the bay, the day was hard with all the run out tide and the fish were hard to find, most competitors fished the Round Hill Creek area.

OverallLadies
1st Glenn Neill Central Qld 1st Mellisa Newton Central Qld
2nd Ian Roberts Mackay 2nd Jane Clark Tweed Coast
3rd Michael Roberts Mackay 3rd Catherine Crone Ipswich
Veterans Juniors
1st Neil Reberger Sth Qld 1st Brooke Teague Bundaberg
2nd Barry Counter Central Qld 2nd Ezekiel Bullard Bundaberg
3RD Damian Maudsley Sth Qld 3rd Blade Payne Sth Qld
Males
1st Glenn Neill Central Qld
2nd Ian Roberts Mackay
3rd Michael Roberts Mackay
Divisional Teams Club Teams
1st Sth Qld 100% 1st Redcliffe City 100%
2nd Mackay 59.29% 2nd Post Office 83.04%
3rd Central Qld 47.81% 3rd Blue Fin 74.36%

Casting Highlights

Overall Ladies
1st Andrew Curtis Tweed Coast 1st Rachel Bunker Sth Qld
2nd Todd Payne Sth Qld 2nd Jane Clark Tweed Coast
3rd Ron Curtis Tweed Coast 3rd Brenda – Lee Shelly Tweed Coast
Veterans Juniors
1st Ron Curtis Tweed Coast 1st Blade Payne
2nd Rob Crepin Ipswich 2nd Ezekiel Bullard
3rd Bob Henderson Ipswich 3rd Jackson Dudman
Males
1st Andrew Curtis Tweed Coast
2nd Todd Payne Sth Qld
3rd Geoff Richards Tweed Coast
Divisional Teams Club Teams
1st Tweed Coast 100% 1st Pottsville 100%
2nd Sth Qld 84.18% 2nd Blue Fin 86.01%
3rd Ipswich 43.19% 3rd Redcliffe City 65.95%

Rock & Beach Highlights

This event was conducted from Round Hill Headland to Rules beach to the south the rocks and northern beaches were hard with only a few fish caught in the early morning. The area to the south at Rules Beach produced the goods with Whiting and a few Dart.

Overall Ladies
1st Steve Hunter Sth Qld 1st Jane Clark Tweed Coast
2nd John Russo Sth Qld 2nd Toni Richards Tweed Coast
3rd Andrew Curtis Tweed Coast 3RD Brenda – Lee Shelly Tweed Coast
Veterans Juniors
1st Neil Reberger Sth Qld 1st Eiizekiel Bullard Bundaberg
2nd Barry Counter Central Qld 2nd Blade Payne Sth Qld
3rd Barry Weimar Sth Qld 3rd Brooke Teague Bundaberg
Males
1st Steve Hunter Sth Qld
2nd John Russo Sth Qld
3rd Andrew Curtis Tweed Coast
Divisional Teams Club Teams
1st Tweed Coast 100% 1st City Hall 100%
2nd Sth Qld 92.72% 2nd Pottsville 72.24%
3rd Bundaberg 61.73% 3rd The Waves 40.45%


Rock and Beach Champion Neil Reberger


Rock and Beach Runner Up Team Dave Reberger,Les Clark, Damian Maudsley, Todd Payne, Barry Weimar and Steve Hunter


Rock and Beach Champion Club Team City Hall

Offshore Highlights

This event was conducted to the east of 1770 and the weather did not calm down as the predicted forecast, some boats ventured to the Islands but it restricted the fishing time to 3 hours maximum, not a good choice for a 6 hour competition. The competitors that stayed within an hour of the headland produced the best results and Trevally was the target species.

Overall Ladies
1st Steve Hunter Sth Qld 1st Jane Clark Tweed Coast
2nd Gavin Sheppard Cairns 2nd Catherine Crone Ipswich
3rd Todd Payne Sth Qld 3rd Rachel Bunker Sth Qld
Veterans Divisional Teams
1st Wayne Ivers Central Qld 1st Sth Qld 100%
2nd Noel Roberts Central Qld 2nd Cairns 47.16%
3rd Dan Murphu Mackay 3rd Central Qld 37.41%
Males Club Teams
1st Steve Hunter Sth Qld 1st City Hall 100%
2nd Gavin Sheppard Cairns 2nd Postelle
3rd Todd Payne Sth Qld 3rd Keppell


Offshore Champion Steve Hunter


Offshore Champion Divisional Team Steve Hunter, John Russo, Dave Reberger, Neil Reberger, Les Clark and Matt Reberger ( absent )


Offshore Champion Club Team John Russo and Steve Hunter. Bruce Alvey from Alvey Reels Australia handing out all trophies

Overall Champions

Champion of Champions
1ST Steve Hunter Sth Qld
Veterans Ladies
1st Ron Curtis Tweed Coast 1st Jane Clark Tweed Coast
2nd Mick Horan Sth Qld 2nd Zoe Hague Central Qld
3RD Neil Reberger Sth Qld 3rd Rachel Bunker Sth Qld
Males Juniors
1st Steve Hunter Sth Qld 1st Blade Payne Sth Qld
2nd Geoff Richards Tweed Coast 2nd Ezekiel Bullard Bundaberg
3rd John Russo Sth Qld 3rd Brooke Teague Bundaberg
In closing I would like to thank our association the opportunity to lead this team and congratulations to all the trophy and team winners and a special mention to Steve Hunter and John Russo for their efforts. Also thanks to all that took the time from our busy lives to attend the competition it was a hard slog but we all kept going to try and achieve the best results possible.

Also a thank you for the organizing committee and all that helped to run the event.


The SQAFCA team with the prize pool won on the event

Dave Reberger
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Thursday 25th of April 2019
#61 :   Fishing Marketing
Author  Bruce Alvey

I think you will all be aware that the term "Recreational Fisherman" has been used by Fisheries Queensland in describing the participants in black marketing operations of fish for too many years. After writing to the Minister again, Sunfish has been contacted by the Minister of Fisheries Hon. Mark Furner who has assured us this will be changed in future. People carrying out these illegal activities will be referred to as just "Fishers"

We thank the Minister for supporting this change.

However, while we are talking about this subject, I would like to ask all fishing groups in Queensland to remind their members and friends that breaking the fishing regulations can carry heavy penalties. So always measure your fish and observe possession limits which do change occasionally - so be aware. (Eat your fish in the freezer regularly, do not let it build up.) . The law also states “possession of fish” so you can be prosecuted for excess fish or illegal fish regardless of the circumstances.

In Queensland it is illegal for recreational fishers to use your catch for any type of financial gain. You can give your fish away but remember you are responsible for the quality of this fish and any repercussions this act may cause. Giving away fish with any expectation of “reward” is also illegal as is “bartering” fish for services. You cannot raffle recreationally caught fish to raise funds for any reason. (This is legal in NSW for “Charities” but not in Qld.)

Thank you for your support and for participating in a wonderful healthy activity which can be fun for the whole family and provide one of the best meals you can eat.

Good Fishing.

Kind Regards
Bruce Alvey
Chair Sunfish Queensland Inc.


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