The 31st Annual Tea Tree Snapper Competition started in ideal conditions last Friday. Great fishing on the Friday opened the Victorian Snapper season with a real bang. Late Friday evening the weather turned windy and rainy and the presentation was delayed for a short time after 3.00 pm on Saturday while a band of rain passed.
Friday morning and late afternoon produced the best catches with anglers taking less fish through the day. Westernport really fired up this year and more than half of the fish weighed in the competition came from the top end of Western Port. Some anglers in Port Phillip Bay really put in some hard yards and went long distances to find the fish.
There were lots of fish between 2 and 4 kg’s weighed and this year, there were no fish over 9 kg as in past years. Perhaps Saturday’s poor weather conditions limited access to the secret big fish locations.
The Victorian Snapper Champion for 2014 is Tim Worral of Cranbourne South with a fish of 8.83 kg. The second heaviest went to Darren Moore of Tyabb with a fish of 8.68 kg and third heaviest was weighed by Michael Haddad of Bittern with 8.41 kg.
The Junior Champion for 2014 is Jasmine Buis of Ferntree Gully with a fabulous snapper of 7.14 kg, second is Josh Costanzo of Lysterfield who weighed a fish of 7.04 kg and the third heaviest went to Billy McGinn of Hastings with a fish of 6.64 kg.