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Australian Anglers Association, (WA Division) Inc.



Sunsmart Mandurah 500 Family Fishing Promotion, 11/12 January 2003.



The 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 Family Fishing Promotion, sponsored by Healthway and the City of Mandurah, was run by the Australian Angler's Association (WA Division) on Saturday and Sunday 11/12 January 2003.

The promotion was open to all members of the public, who were able to get ready for the fishing by attending the Mandurah Shore Based Angling Clinic on Wednesday 8 January.


Main Prizes were:-

Open Division Prize$1,000, won by Sharn Tink with a 955 gram Tarwhine.
Ladies Division Prize$500,won by Janine Peters with a 235 gram Tarwhine.
Juniors Division Prize (under 16)$500,won by Brady Ruck with a 260 gram Tarwhine.

Weather.

After the hot weather of the week before, the cooler weather on Saturday was welcome, although the forecast was for some showers and fresh west to south west winds. We're all used to the summer sea breezes in Western Australia, but this cool change was pushed in by a cold front, and that means it was going to be windy.

Unfortunately, the weather forecast was spot on, and the winds swung from the west towards the south by Saturday evening, were indeed fresh to strong and blew all night, gusting at 30 to 35 knots on Sunday morning when the forecast had included a strong wind warning.

So there wasn't the usual drop in the wind after sunset, or the swing to the south east or east in the morning. Fishing on the beaches was hard work, and this showed up in the catches presented on the Sunday morning at the weigh in.

For each species, Juniors, Ladies and then Open entrants were invited to bring their heaviest fish up. The fish weights were first checked on simple balance scales, so that the heaviest fish presented can easily be seen by putting each fish presented on the scales up against the heaviest fish so far. If the scales go down, that's the new current heaviest fish. Digital scales measuring to one gram were used as backup, and were used to check and measure the exact weight of the heaviest fish.

The eligible species were drawn at random from envelopes placed in full view of everyone, so no one knew which species would get the major prizes, until the second last envelope was opened.

The species order, winners and their fish were:-

Whiting
Junior Winner Ricky Clements 380 gram
Junior Runner up Nathan Lister105 gram
Ladies WinnerDonna Cook150 gram
Ladies Runner upVix Alexander100 gram
Open WinnerBob Gregson190 gram
Open Runner upJack Gregson170 gram

Herring
Junior WinnerBeau Darch215 gram
Junior Runner upNathan Eccles210 gram
Ladies WinnerAnne Watts190 gram
Ladies Runner upCasey Clements180 gram
Open WinnerBrett Tracey215 gram
Open Runner upDamien Beardley210 gram

Mulloway
Junior WinnerNathan EcclesNo junior caught a Mulloway, so the prize was awarded to second Herring
Ladies WinnerCasey ClementsNo lady caught a Mulloway, so the prize was awarded to second Herring
Open WinnerMike Harrold6.2 kg
Open Runner upClive Leach1.715 kg

Skippy
Junior WinnerMark Leach110 gram
Junior Runner upJocb McTaggart
Ladies WinnerCindy Joyce180 gram
Ladies Runner upPaula Hughes135 gram
Open WinnerTony D'Alonzo635 gram
Open Runner upDavid Leach225 gram

Shark
Junior WinnerJocb McTaggartNo junior caught a Shark, so the prize was awarded to second Skippy
Ladies WinnerPaula HughesNo lady caught a Shark, so the prize was awarded to second Skippy
Open WinnerDavid LeachNo open entrant caught a Shark, so the prize was awarded to second Skippy

Tailor
Junior WinnerJessica Shelby590 gram
Junior Runner upRicky Clements430 gram
Ladies WinnerVix Alexander750 gram
Ladies Runner upJeannette Leach640 gram
Open WinnerSharn Tink1.570 kg
Open Runner upBrett Tracey920 gram

Flathead or Flounder
Junior WinnerRicky ClementsNo junior caught a flathead or flounder, so the prize was awarded to second Tailor.
Ladies WinnerLesley Paul365 gram Flounder
Ladies Runner upJanet Allsworth175 gram Flathead
Open WinnerDennis Harvey505 gram Flounder
Open Runner upTerry Bowling500 gram Flounder

Tarwhine or Bream
Junior WinnerBrady Ruck260 gram Tarwhine, won the $500 prize.
Junior Runner upAaron Budd255 gram Tarwhine
Ladies WinnerJanine Peters235 gram Tarwhine, won the $500 prize.
Ladies Runner upAnn Layton225 gram Tarwhine
Open WinnerSharn Tink955 gram Tarwhine, won the $1,000 prize.
Open Runner upBrett Tracey600 gram Tarwhine

This page shows small versions of photos of the winners with their fish. See Photos set 5 page for the full set.

Put your mouse cursor over the picture to see a description, or click on the photo to see a full size version.


 Whiting junior winner Ricky Clements at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 380 gram whiting.  Whiting ladies winner Donna Cook at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 150 gram whiting.  Whiting ladies second place Vix Alexander at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 100 gram whiting.  Whiting open winner Bob Gregson at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 190 gram whiting.

 Whiting open second place Jack Gregson at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 170 gram whiting.  Herring junior winner Beau Darch at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 215 gram herring.  Herring junior second place Nathan Eccles at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 210 gram herring.  Herring ladies winner Anne Watts at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 190 gram herring.

 Herring open winner Brett Tracey at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 215 gram herring.  Herring open second place Damien Beardley at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 210 gram herring.  Mulloway junior winner Nathan Eccles at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500. No junior caught a Mulloway, so the prize was awarded to second Herring.  Mulloway lady winner Casey Clements at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500. No lady caught a Mulloway, so the prize was awarded to second Herring.

 Mulloway open winner Mike Harrold at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 6.2 kg Mulloway.  Mulloway open second place Clive Leach at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 1.715 kg Mulloway.  Skippy junior winner Mark Leach at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 110 gram Skippy.  Skippy ladies winner Cindy Joyce at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 180 gram Skippy.

 Skippy ladies second place Paula Hughes at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 135 gram Skippy.  Skippy open winner Tony D'Alonzo at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 635 gram Skippy.  Skippy open second place David Leach at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 225 gram Skippy.  Shark junior winner Jocb McTaggart at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500. No junior caught a Shark, so the prize was awarded to second Skippy.

 Shark ladies winner Paula Hughes at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500. No lady caught a Shark, so the prize was awarded to second Skippy.  Shark open winner David Leach at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500. No one caught a Shark, so the prize was awarded to second Skippy.  Tailor junior winner Jessica Shelby at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 590 gram Tailor.  Tailor junior second place Ricky Clements at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 430 gram Tailor.


 Tailor ladies winner Vix Alexander at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 750 gram Tailor.  Tailor ladies second place Jeannette Leach at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 640 gram Tailor.  Tailor open winner Sharn Tink at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 1.570 kg Tailor.  Tailor open second place Brett Tracey at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 920 gram Tailor.

 Flathead or flounder junior winner Ricky Clements at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500. No junior caught a flathead or flounder, so the prize was awarded to second Tailor.  Flathead or flounder ladies winner Lesley Pahl at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 365 gram Flounder.  Flathead or flounder ladies second place Janet Allsworth at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 175 gram Flathead.  Flathead or flounder open winner Dennis Harvey at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 505 gram Flounder.

 Flathead or flounder open second place Terry Bowling at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 500 gram Flounder.  Bream or tarwhine junior winner Brady Ruck  at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 260 gram Tarwhine.  Bream or tarwhine junior second place Aaron Budd at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 255 gram Tarwhine.  Bream or tarwhine ladies winner Janine Peters at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 235 gram Tarwhine.

 Bream or tarwhine ladies second place Ann Layton at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with her 225 gram Tarwhine.  Bream or tarwhine open winner Sharn Tink at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 955 gram Tarwhine.  Bream or tarwhine open second place Brett Tracey at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500 with his 600 gram Tarwhine.  Major prize winners Brady Ruck, Sharn Tink and Janine Peters at the 2003 Sunsmart Mandurah 500.

See the Mandurah 500 Information Sheet and Mandurah 500 Rules of the Day for more details of the 2003 event.

In 2002 the last species drawn out was whiting, so the winners won the major cash prizes with whiting, even though heavier fish of other species were caught and won other prizes. See 2002 Mandurah 500 Report for all the details of the January 2002 event.

Sponsors and Trophy Donors for 2003.

Sunsmart

City of Mandurah

Fishing and Camping World, Mandurah

Mandurah Tackle Mart, Mandurah

Totally Wild Fishing and Camping, Mandurah

Tuckey's Tackle Mart, Mandurah

Hills Mako Tackle, Bellevue

Australian Grifton Tackle, Caversham

Fleets for Tackle, Morley

West Coast Office Equipment, Osborne Park

West Coast Fisherman Newspaper, Claremont

Western Angler, Osborne Park

Midland Gun Mart and Tackle, Midland

Urban Angler, North Perth, Vic Park, Osborne Park

Recfishwest, Challenge Stadium

Fleets for Tackle , Fremantle

Campbell's Protackle, Leederville

Doug Clegg, North Beach

Attfield Tackle, Maddington

Jet Cycles, Gosnells

Rockingham Electric and Marine, Rockingham

Outdoor Leisure and Sports, Wangara

Halco Lures, Fremantle

The Complete Fisherman & Camping, Nedlands

WA Bait Supplies, Fremantle

Getaway Fishing and Camping, Canning Vale

Allsport Tackle and Marine, O'Connor

Bluewater Tackle, Scarborough

Benbow and Co., Balcatta

Baileys Bait Box, Port Kennedy

Rockingham Fishing and Camping, Rockingham

Surf Casting and Angling Club, Marmion

Dataflow Business Systems, Balcatta

Don Cox, Coolbellup






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