Coffs Deep Sea Fishing Club news

THE first comp for the year was held last Sunday, and with only a handful of anglers competing, the results hardly troubled the scorers.

It was pleasing to see some game fishing club members having a crack at the finer art of deep sea angling.

It must have been a joy for them to actually catch something and not spend countless hours circling the shelf for nought.

Don't be surprised when next time you are out on the shelf to see the crew of the Dark Side tossing plastics for marlin given the success they had on snapper on Sunday.

As alluded to earlier there was not a great deal of fish weighed in, mostly a smattering of snapper and teraglin, some small kingies which must be the last remaining survivors of the recent pro boat onslaught at the lighthouse, the odd pearly, flathead and not much else.

The leather jackets have moved in closer and certainly were very prevalent in 65 metres, making some areas unfishable.

Andrew Mainey opened his account for the year, taking out best male while game fishing club member Julie Elvery topped the female list.

Andrew Mauger will be popular at school with another collection of Wendy's in the Mall ice-cream vouchers for best junior.

Thanks Andrew I will have caramel crunch on mine.

The cleaning shed upgrade is well underway and a big day last Saturday had the earthworks under control, the slab should be down this week and the roof extensions are scheduled for today.

I am guessing there will be no fishing so hopefully we can get a few starters to keep the job rolling on.

Last Monday week some members of the Deep Sea Fishing Club attended the Solitary Islands Community Marine Conservation Forum.

This forum was instigated by the National Parks Association as a way forward in planning the management of the marine park.

Representatives of most interest groups attended and each group was allowed to address the meeting with their respective points of view.

The meeting proved that different groups can discuss things amicably and generally all groups have the interest of the park at heart.

As the forum drew to an end it became apparent to most in attendance that the biggest threat to the Solitary Islands Marine Park comes from the land itself.

It is a long held misconception that fishing is the largest threat to the marine environment, however one small event of weather or pollution from catchment run-off has a far larger impact.

The Deep Sea Club and recreational fishers were represented by section vice president Geoff Parker who delivered a balanced view and a well directed argument.

You may view most of the forum on video which contains the points of view of scientists, environmentalists, divers, recreational fishers, tourism operators and others.

Google national parks association and follow the video link or go to playlist?list= PL4600412813047371&feature =plcp

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