With the weather starting to get better and the water warming up, there have been a few more people targeting the Vic Challenge fish. Andrew's 635gm Trevally came from the first aggregate comp and few others missed out on getting one from the decent sized school that was around. Majority of the fish this month have been taken on social dives.
Nathan opened his account for the challenge with 3 good fish including a 9 point Squid a 9 point Salmon and an 8 point Flathead, taking him straight to 2nd spot on the leader board. Mitch opened his account with a Salmon and a squid and Jordan's first fish being an awesome sized Snapper, weighing in at 3.045kg. Bob weighed in his first fish with a 1.205kg Trevally, giving him 10 points for that fish and a good size Salmon too. Kim retains the top spot for the moment and look forward to seeing if anyone can get a bigger squid than his this season.
See below for the Vic Challenge leader board to date.
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Currently there are some big squid around with some 3kg+ units around with no signs of slowing down as yet. The Salmon being weighed in are starting to get bigger and are still around the bottom end of the bay, but no sign of the larger class of fish that were around last year. There are a few good schools of Trevally around and they are not as flighty has they have been in previous years.
Surprisingly no whiting have been weighed in, considering the previous month has been a cracker for line fisherman especially in Port Phillip Bay. The numbers of Snook being seen on the eastern side of the bay is increasing with a few elusive bigger units around.
We are also a few weeks away from the opening of Cray season, so make sure you have your new tags and get out there from 16th November to snag an early cray.
The Geelong Freedivers have been nice enough to make their weigh-in points available to our club members that are wanting to weigh in and enter fish for the Victorian Challenge. We are also extending the welcome for their club members to weigh in any fish at our weigh points for their competitions.Southern Freedivers Weigh In Locations
Brett Illingworth 0439881958 (Rye)
Bob Manning 0407506190 (Cranbourne)
Stoj Pavlovski 0400703356 (Carnegie)
Geelong Freedivers Weigh In Locations
Nam Luong 0411775259 (Maribyrnong)
Julian Kenny 0417 059 202 (Bellarine)
Luke Bellamy 0432272509 (Belmont)
Gerard Saunders 0429869776 (Grovedale)
Also, if you are unable to get to one of these weigh in points, you can take your fish to any butcher, fishmonger or supermarket as they have certified scales (and ask them nicely to weigh your fish). With this option, when taking photos of your fish on the scales please also get a photo of the certification sticker to show the scales certification is valid and up to date.
Look forward to seeing what captures will be submitted in the upcoming month, especially with the Sorrento Boat Comp coming up.