The annual Australian Angling Association (AAA- WA Division) State Boat Angling Championships were held last month at Lancelin. The one-day event attracted 196 competitors and 77 boats and the weather was a bit challenging, with an electrical storm rolling in just as the boats were launching from the beach and some morning drizzle making conditions a tad uncomfortable. This year AAA teamed up with Recfishwest to provide all fishers with Snag it? Tag it! packets to help ensure fishing safety.
Seven local angling clubs participated, with the LAAC helping run the day. The day started with a hearty breakfast supplied by the local P&C, and despite the weather some good fish were caught. The fishing itself was challenging and those who did best worked hard for their success. The biggest fish boated was a 15.42kg dhufish by Bob Jones and 176 of the competitors weighed in fish at the end of the day, with the competition rewarding points per species and points per kilo, with only one fish of each species able to be weighed in. The overall winner was Mitch Hillary from the MAAC (also the junior winner) with 142 points and seven species, while the ladies winner was also from the MAAC, Nadine Freeman. The best veteran was Wayne Honore, while Susie Unkovich caught a foxfish which was the closest fish to a state record on the day.
With nearly 200 fishers in this year’s event demonstrating once again the important contribution the AAA provides to the fishing community.
If you would like to know more about AAA click here.