Jack Gallie (6), of Arrowtown, checks out a crayfish during
the weigh-in of the Brighton Club fishing competition on
Saturday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Despite the cold, more than 100 people braved the sea in
the annual Brighton Club fishing competition on Saturday.
Brighton Club president Geoff Bright said the 106 entries was
''a pretty good turnout''.
It was the competition's 22nd year and he was pleased with
its success, with about $3600 raised in the fish auction, he
The 891 fish weighed-in were about 200 more than at last
year's event. The largest crayfish weighed 3.2kg and the
largest grouper was more than 12kg.
About 40 boats were at sea for the competition, Mr Bright
''It was a good day. There were no dramas ... and good sea
All funds raised were donated to community groups. Over the
past 22 years more than $100,000 had been given away, he
The fish, including some large grouper and blue cod, were
gutted and filleted outside the club, which made quite a
sight for Jack Gallie, of Arrowtown.
He was on holiday with family in Brighton and could not
contain his excitement as he saw the catch.
''Look at that Mum, it's giant'', he said, looking at a
particularly large grouper.