Kimtown wrote: Wolly Bugger wrote:
hornet wrote:I'll play the devils advocate... Look at the bright side there will be more snapper roaming around this coming season without the comp running.
You gotta admit it's a bit of a slaughter over the period the comp runs. It's not for a genuine feed in the day of a normal fisho.
Not to mention the rumours of up sizing every year.
To each his own I don't condemn anyone who likes competitions... it's just not for me.
I am the devils advocate!
Firstly only two fish per angler could be weighed in for the comp, even though the catch limit per angler is 10 snapper under 45 cms or 3 over 45 cms and 7 under.
The average catch rate for the comp per angler is around 1 fish per registered angler. The last year the comp was held, there were about 2,100 registered anglers and a total of 900+ fish weighed in.
So call the comp an whole sale slaughter is really stretching it. Especially when non competition anglers have been caught with catches in excess of the bag limits and some were even running a production line, making multiple trips in a day, unloading their catch at the ramp and then heading out to catch more.
In reality if you bag out on snapper, you need a very big family to eat all the snapper, a 5 kilo snapper lasts me at least a week.
Surely not all 2100 entrants weigh there fish for various reasons like believing they wont be close to winning, laziness or whatever.. also I highly doubt every person who gets onto a good patch just keeps 2 for weigh in, pulls up anchor and heads off home. As always, the common angler will be targeting for close to a bag, no different for the tea tree.
Head in the sand if you only think 900 were caught the entire comp weekend.
Like I said I am the devils advocate and you are deliberately trying to stir the pot.
I never said that only 900 fish were caught!
900 were weighed in, by the registered anglers, During the comp weekend there is possibly hundereds, even thousands of anglers that are not part of the comp, they launch at geelong area, weeribee, an up north Altona, St Kilda ect.
The catch rate for registered anglers that were allowed only weigh in 2 fish per registered angler. More than 1000, that is ONE ThOusand anglers did not catch any fish to weigh in!
Similary there is no data on the catch rate of the unregistered anglers, although there is the old adage that 10% of fishermen catch 90% of the fish.