ANDREW ‘‘Thomo’’ Thompson was one proud dad last weekend when his 12-year-old daughter Jemma Bennett landed a 70kg marlin.
Thomo had been bringing Paul Besoff’s boat ‘‘Offshore’’ back to Lake Macquarie from Nelson Bay where they’d fished Interclub.
‘‘Paul mentioned it might be nice to bring my 12-year-old daughter Jemma [she retained her mother’s maiden name] along for the ride,’’ Thomo reported.
‘‘The boys asked Jemma if she would like to catch a marlin and to this she replied, ‘That would be cool’. ‘‘So we found a bait school on the middle canyons and set out some livies.
‘‘Within minutes we had a 70kg striped marlin engulf our slimey right at the back of the boat and Jemma was on.
‘‘With her biggest fish being a 3kg jew and never having fished on a game boat before, I was a little apprehensive about how she would go.
‘‘My worries were soon forgotten when she wound like a champion when needed and kept the rod loaded at all times.
‘‘A chip off the old block as they say. After a gruelling 45-minute fight Jemma was triumphant. After lots of pictures, high fives and yahooing, the realisation of what Jemma had achieved sunk in and the fact that it would be a day to remember for all of us on board.’’
Bound for Broken Bay
GAME fishing attention turns to Broken Bay this weekend where the local club will host the Sylvania Marine Caribbean Tournament.
Lanky lizard haul
FLATHEAD have been hungry throughout local estuaries this week.
Peter O’Connor hooked a 54cm lizard off Blacksmiths wall while Geoff Martin got a monster 80cm lizard in Smiths Lake while on holidays.
‘‘It was caught on light bream gear using frozen prawns,’’ Geoff’s father-in-law Fred reported. ‘‘I’ve never seen anything like it come from Smiths Lake before.’’
Check out the photos at theherald.com.au under ‘‘Sport’’.
Beaut snapper in bag
THERE’S been some fairly handy snapper too.
Justin Avery got a couple of beauties during the Speers Point RSL Fishing Club outing at Nelson Bay last weekend.
And nine-year-old Jake Watson’s 2.6kg Fish of the Week winner speaks for itself. Meanwhile, anglers in Lake Macquarie report a spike in hungry bream.
Trag back in numbers
LOCAL fishing legend Fred Studden attended the Speers Point RSL comp last weekend and was struck by the quality of fish.
‘‘It’s the best trag I’ve seen overall for many, many years,’’ Fred said.
‘‘I remember when I first started fishing you could go out and get 100, but then they nearly got fished to extinction.
‘‘They’re starting to come back now and we saw a lot weighed in up to 5kg.
‘‘There was also some great bonito, some of the biggest I’ve seen.
‘‘A couple of them weighed well over 3kg. The best was 3.24kg.’’
Tourney is much-prized
AUSTRALIA’S biggest fishing competition, the Pirtek National Fishing Competition, featuring more than $130,000 in cash and prizes, will run on Sunday, April 15.
Anglers across the country are invited to register for the event at pirtekfishingchallenge.com.au.
All proceeds go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Hook up to Twin Rivers
ENTRIES for the H & D Home Hardware Twin Rivers Classic at Raymond Terrace this weekend close at 7 o’clock tonight.
Weigh-in will be held at 2pm on Sunday at the Junction Inn Hotel, Raymond Terrace.
Thousands of dollars in prizes are up for grabs in the classic and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service.
For further details phone Gerard Cunningham on 0419226796.
Adam set for sixth win
FIVE-time back-to-back Newcastle District Anglers Association champion Adam Hodges is well on his way to claiming a sixth crown after consolidating his lead last weekend by taking out the NDAA beach comp in very trying conditions.
‘‘Sou’east winds, three-metre swell, water sweeping left and right, rubbish in the water – it was great,’’ NDAA spokesman Craig Oaten said. Jan Jeffs was ladies champion, William Versfeld took out the veterans, while Luke Maloney won sub-junior.
Golden Eagle lead the overall club championship.
The next NDAA event will be the saltwater boat comp on April 21 and 22.