2013 Interclub will long be remembered as the “Interpub Tournament ” with the harsh weather battering the coast causing the cancelation of three of the four fishing days leaving most if not all of the fleet to drown their sorrows or work on their golf swing. This was quite unfortunate as our club had put together two very strong and competitive T&R teams as well as forming a joint composite capture team to really go after a victory and put an end to the continued success of the local Newcastle/ Port Stephens GFC.
Effectively this year’s tournament was turned into a one day shootout on the final Sunday, in some very trying conditions of 30knot winds and 3.5M plus sea’s a few brave boats contested the conditions for the chance to get their name in the record books. New club member and skipper Jamie Henderson, fishing on his 55 Viking Everwilling braved the conditions with his family to successfully T&R a Striped Tuna off the grounds of Broughton Island to his son Ethan Henderson (who is only 11 years old) to take out the Junior division for a second year running. So a big congratulations to young Ethan and crew on Everwilling for this fantastic achievement particularly in the said conditions.
Another great success for Port Hacking came in the form of a win on the ladies day competition held midweek, which was barley also the only other fishable day of the calendar. James Kean was skippering his father’s boat, Blackwatch 36 Just Chill and the crew recorded a commendable T&R of a Black Marlin and four Yellowfin Tuna to female angler Ellen Mannix to take out the tournament, so another big congratulations goes to Ellen and the crew of Just Chill for this great win for the club. A combined Everwilling/ Outlaw crew fished on Everwilling to release a black marlin to Karla Davidson for her first fishing experience to also come in at third place.
The annual PHGFC Prawn day was again held on the final Friday of the week at Soldiers Point Yacht Club, this event has continued to grow from strength to strength from its Origins at the Anchorage Marina where past member John Durkin started the tradition to get all Port Hacking competitors together. This year saw about 60-70 members, guests and family members come together and celebrate the experience and tradition that Port Hacking has as a club in the “Port of Gold” (or possibly “ Port of Cold” this year), with an abundance of Prawns, oysters, chicken, salads and of course a few ales everyone had a great time, particularly knowing that fishing was cancelled the next day the celebrations entered long into the night and continued back on many cockpits in many different marinas on many different boats.
All in all we as a club again proved we can match it with any of the other clubs and boats to fish competitively and strongly, I can’t wait to get back to Port Stephens next year to do it all again (hopefully with much better weather though) So a big thank you to all of the twelve vessels their skippers and crew for coming and being a part of our adventure. As pictures and more details come in I will continue to update, Tight Lines.