Jason Kemmis was the best male angler at last months outing with this kingfish.
Jason Kemmis was the best male angler at last months outing with this kingfish.

Kemmis, king of the king-fishers

THE action has continued at the Deep Sea Fishing Club, starting with the previous weekend's Deep Sea Section outing, which had competitors struggling to find any form even though the weather was kind.

Junior angler Sophie Cameron on Sting had a great day with some good fish, including her first kingfish, putting some good points on the board for best junior.

It was obviously a day for Hydrofields as Deb Kemmis cleaned up the female section and Jason Kemmis had an enjoyable day on Juggernaut with snapper, pearl perch teraglin, kingfish and flat-head.

Juggernaut also landed the Bailey Centre Mobil award for most meritorious fish of the day - a good kingy to the skipper. Kristian Towler continued on his way also collecting another BCF snapper prize for best snapper that day.

The following weekend, the club held its 50th year re-union and new and old members from far and wide attended the proceedings on Saturday evening. There were a lot of old photos on display and you can only look in awe at some of the fish that were about in those early days and wonder how they ever managed to land those fish on the tackle of the time and the boats and navigation aids that were used.

One photo in particular shows about 50 boats launching from Jetty Beach at the start of the Easter Classic. It must have been a sight - and probably very fumey with all that over rich two-stroke blend as they all headed off.

Last weekend's Neil Allibone Memorial Three Fish Challenge was a blow out and has been postponed until May 23- 24.

It is Hot Current time and this weekend the Coffs Harbour Game Fishing Club will host the 21st anniversary of the event.

With boats already booked from Coffs Harbour, Port Stephens and Newcastle, this year is shaping up to be the best for a while.

There has been marlin around for a few months now with all three species showing in the last two weeks. It is not too late to enter so visit the club website or drop in to collect your entry form. The event will kick off this Saturday with a sail past in the harbour at 7am, always a spectacle and worth the trip down to the Jetty or Mutton Bird to view the diverse range of craft participating in the event.

This could be the year of the female angler as the women from the Coffs Game Fishing Club just keep on coming up with the goods.

Kicking off with a bunch of marlin to Deb Kemmis, Rendy Coutts-Smith helped herself to one earlier as well with Bolinda Edgely also grabbing a piece of theaction.

Now after a bit of a drought Gaby Delolmo has finally tagged her first marlin. Gaby has caught all manner of fish from snapper on plastics, kingfish jigged from the depths and a spearfish late last year so it was about time that she was rewarded with a marlin.

It was just a matter of finding the right skipper and so, finally, from the deck of Sticky Beak she was successful, a nice solid striped marlin. Well done, Gab.



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