Keen snapper anglers will again embark on the magnificent Coffs Harbour Coast over the June long weekend (7th & 8th). Anglers will test their metal against the hardiest of East Coast snapper in a cast and retrieve lure only competition held in the memory of the late Dave Irvine.
In the fish rich waters off Coffs Harbour finding and hooking these fish is at times the easy part, extracting them from a razor sharp reef is much more difficult. Many anglers travel to compete in the DIMSC and it is fair to say that Sydney anglers have dominated the tournament. Some very talented anglers and some impressive boats have seen the likes of Michael Guest, Michael Bonnici and Dominic Thornely finish first in the Champion Angler and Champion Boat sections of the competition.
Hayley Bonnici has a strangle hold on the Open Women’s section taking out this division on several occasions and there’s a case to suggest that there’s more trophies heading her way.
With so much focus on the teams from Sydney it’s easy to forget the local guns that will be fighting hard for the silver wear. 2009 Champion Angler Brad Bye, 2009 Most Meritorious Jo Gordon, Darren Sheridan and Andrew Smith are a few to look out for! Special mention goes out to the Juniors who’ve fished through torrid conditions the last few years and have managed some trophy reds, Samahra Bye is a snapper gun and the one to beat in the junior category.
The competition continues to grow and with rumours of The Mad Huey’s, Captain Blackbeard and their crazy crew making an appearance in 2015 the reputation of the best amateur fishing tournament in the country will continueto gain momentum.
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Name: Sam 'Poppy' Gilchrist. Born: Singleton NSW 1983. NRL Team: Newcastle Knights. Favourite Species: Pagrus Auratus - Snapper. Blurb; A lover of all things ocean. Whether it be wetting a line, holding my breath diving or paddling into a few waves the sea is my passion! Along...