Australian Anglers Association, (WA Division) Inc.
2004 State Beach And Rock Angling Championships.
The Australian Angler's Association ran its State Beach Championships for 2003-2004 year from
Port Gregory with the boundaries between Bowes River, south of Horrocks to Kalbarri.
The boundaries are wide, but it allows competitors to find their preferred spot whether it be from a beach, rocks or reef.
This association has been running these events for many years. The first entry on the perpetual trophies is 1971 and this was
the 34th event.
The event is run on a competitive basis with five divisions - two juniors, mens, ladies and veterans for those over 55 years.
There are events for individual and teams competitions across all five divisions. Acknowledging the winners and place getters
for all of these at the end of the event takes some time, but is a big part of it all.
But the real attraction for participants is the opportunity to get away with their club, taking in the scenery and enjoyment
of the outdoors environment. And catch a few fish while doing all this.
A State Championship Event raises the value of a fishing trip because it is a gathering of many clubs. It is a time to
socialise with other clubs during the course of the event and to compare fishing experiences. It is a time when you can
expect to renew acquaintances with old friends, make some new friends and improve your fishing knowledge and skills.
There must be some truth in all of this because approximately eighty participants travelled to Port Gregory
and participated. Additionally there were a few other non fishing participants.
The event was run over the 27th/28th of September 2003. A long weekend was chosen because most participants came from the
metropolitan area and the long weekend allows an overnight stop at Port Gregory before making the long trip home on the
Monday. However, the date conflicted with other events for the Northampton club. Agricultural shows start here at this
time of the year and the fishing competes with the shows for participants. Additionally the Northampton Football team
won the Preliminary fianal the previous weekend and were playing in their first Grand Final for twenty six years.
Heaviest fish of species caught were:-