Great day for fishing contest

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.
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 said.

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 said.

''It was a good day. There were no dramas ... and good sea conditions.''

All funds raised were donated to community groups. Over the past 22 years more than $100,000 had been given away, he said.

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.

 

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