Once gain the Kingston Offshore Fishing Competition turned out to be a great weekend with 99 boats entered and upward of 300 fishos competing.
This competition has developed into one of the premier fishing competitions in the country and there are now over $25,000 in prizes spread over many categories.
The organising committee has done a great job once again in ensuring that boats of all sizes and fishing persuasions are catered for with the three main sections being: snapper, whiting and garfish.
Although there is a great prize for the heaviest fish in each category, the major prize is awardee to the boat weighing the six heaviest fish (three each day) over the two days.
This year, a new category was created called “The One Day Wonder”- a prize designed to allow people who could only fish for one day (or weighed in good fish on one day but struggled on the other).
This is all part of the committee’s focus on ensuring that as many entrants as possible have a great chance at claiming a prize.
On this theme, it was pleasing to also see the “Tuna Jackpot” (which was initially introduced in 2016) have a prize of $2000 awarded to the winner.
This year in the snapper section, after two consistent days of fishing, team “Unreel” skippered by Craig Richards, was lucky enough to hold off a fast finishing “Longshot” (Andrew Broadfoot).
The whiting section was taken out by “WrightyO” with Kevin Wright at the helm with second place going to “The Mistress” (David Simons). They were going to be hard to beat with son Darcy’s huge fish.
In the garfish category, “Double Trouble”, captained by Ross Eldridge, knocked off “Boys Down South” (Daniel Faruga) who are consistently seen on the leaderboard.
The “Most Outstanding Catch” trophy, awarded to the catch with best percentage increase over previous years’, went to the snapper section.
A very happy skipper, Craig Richards of “Unreel”, accepted the magnificent trophy and outboard motor prize. Thanks to Shane O’Halloran for the beautifully crafted trophy, outboard and to all sponsors who have donated prizes.
This year a special prize was awarded to Kim Goodridge and the crew of “Barfly” who, after having been 4th on the leaderboard after day one, ceased their fishing to rescue and take home another boat’s crew in distress.
All up it was a great competition with plenty of fish caught and weighed in.
The catering at the Kingston Football clubrooms was once again outstanding.
It was great to see so many family and friends catching up, continuing what has become an annual tradition.
So if you like your fishing, great company and plenty of stories to tell – be there next Easter!