Views from the Campervan
last grab for points in the fishing comp was at the quant seaside hamlet of Swansea.
Most members setup camp on
the Friday at Swansea Gardens Tourist Park close to the boat ramp
nominated for weigh in. The amenities where excellent with abundant
shower\toilet blocks , BBQ huts along with playgrounds for the kids.
Six boats attended consisting of Outside Comp; Team Seascrape BWC11
Captain Col Crew Bruce, Keith B & Keith S, Team Bluefin BWC8 Captain Ian
Crew Smacker & Darren, Team Lazabout BWC12 Captain Tony Crew Christine &
Estuary Comp; Team Reel
Mate BWC14 Captain Steve Crew Moanna, Team Olagas BWC1 Captain Allan &
Team Crusty BWC13 Captain Andrew Crew Steve.
yet again by wet & windy weather our gallant fisho's did battle with the
elements & managed to get outside or find a sheltered bay on the Saturday. However
disaster struck for Team Crusty upon launching their boat with a starter
motor failure. Undeterred Steve fished from the bank on Sunday, those
trade mark stubbies he wears easily visible from a vast distance. Team
Reel Mate also suffered equipment failure when the crew sat on & broke a
$500 graphite rod. Luckily the Captain regained his cool and reframed
from making them walk the plank? Most members presented fish for
Saturdays weigh in then cleaned up for the Club BBQ that evening. Of coarse Ian had the biggest bag of 11 Flathead,
however all was forgiven when he catered for & cooked yet another
excellent BBQ. Notably on the evening Mathew introduced his new Squeeze?
Sunday saw Team
Seascrape first in the
water but on attempting to cross the bar launched 3 meters into
the air then having to battle the swell further out to sea before they
could safely turn back for the protection of the channel. All braving the
wet & windy conditions on Sunday choose the safer
harbor of the channel & Lake Macquarie. Keith S caught
flounder & what would become the biggest fish of the event. Besides no
one wanted to be far from the ramp the NRL Grand Final was that
afternoon & we where headed to Swansea Workers Club to watch it.
All in all
we had fun, there was to much to do and on Monday we headed back to
Sydney exhausted but content?