Harbord Bowling Club Fishing Comp – May Round

This month’s fishing comp was against the Narrabeen Sand Hotel fishing team.

Weather conditions last weekend were less than ideal with winds predominantly from the South (South West or South East), with a reasonable bump in the swell.

A reconnoitre of the Harbour on Friday, the wind was howling and I decided that the kayak would stay at home and would target the beach on the weekend.

High tide on Saturday morning was about 4.45am, so climbed out of bed at 4am, the car was loaded the night before, so was down at Curly beach setup within 10 minutes of stumbling out of bed.

Still pitch dark, a few stars were out, fairly brisk temperature and a light wind. I had picked out a L shaped gutter in the middle of the Curly a few days before so setup 2 beach rods about 10 yards apart with half a pillie as bait. Target species was Salmon and Tailor.

After about 30 minutes, after intently watching rod tips bounce rhythmically with the surf, one of the rods jaulted over – picking the rod and feeling the line for signs of the fish …. nothing there, reeled in to find a half eaten bait. Rebait and back out it goes ……

After 10 minutes another bite, this time we hook up and after a spirited fight bring in a decent salmon (2-3kg).

Sun starts coming up, surf is looking pretty inviting and the surfers and walkers start turning up. Amazingly in the lowlight of dawn see some guy in full Artic gear with ice pick pulling a sled (surf rescue board loaded with kit) along the beach. Apparently training for a trip to the Antarctic or somewhere (one of the walkers who stopped for a chat told me he was down here every Saturday and Sunday doing 20 laps or so of the beach) …. anyway back to fishing … one chopper tailor followed the salmon and was off back home just after 7am.

The next trip would be to same spot to fish the evening tide at around 5pm which resulted in 2 more salmon roughly of the same size and a decent bream.

Up before the sparrows again on Sunday, down to Curly to find a bit more wind from the south and horrible looking sea. After driving around for a bit checking out different spots at Manly and Dee Why, ended up fishing at Collaroy for a little under a hour for a solitary tailor.  Back home before 7am – the kids had early morning soccer and rugby matches.

Sunday afternoon back at the bowling club, there was a large group of fisherman for the comp weigh in. A fair contingent from HBFC but we were outnumbered by members  Narrabeen Sands Hotel fishing club. A lot of eskies, a lot of fish weighed in, meant there was plenty of time for a few beers or in my case a few Bulmers ciders  ….. ultimately the Narrabeen team won the day, I weighed in 3 salmon, 2 tailor and a bream … which was enough for the Rock and Beach category prize.  The Scrumpy Jack cider in photo is back in the fridge for a suitable occassion …. I was too tired after all the early morning starts and not to mention a few Bulmers at the weigh in(which is probably for me the best widely served tap Cider in Oz …. maybe the only one).