After pulling in a whopping 10kg snapper, Kevin Bannan knew he had a good chance of winning the Big Blue Dive and Fish Snapper Cup for 2018.
“I thought ‘what are the chances of catching a fish like that on competition day?’ It almost never happens.”
The fish officially weighed in at 10.62kg, more than twice the weight of the second-placed snapper caught by Matthew Jobe.
Kevin says he knew it was a big fish as soon as he hooked it. “It had the weight and the power and it took off like a rocket. It’s definitely up there as one of the biggest I’ve caught. Not the biggest, but up there.”
The Snapper Cup was held on Sunday after it was postponed from Saturday due to weather. More than 100 people entered with about 60 per cent catching a fish.
Dawnbreakers Fishing Club vice-president Chris Jobe says it was a challenging day on the water.
“Sharks were the order of the first two hours, after which those who persevered and were in the right spot started to catch snapper. Some boats had no luck at all but were given the incentive of being at prizegiving with a spot prize of a Lowrance Fish Finder from Fluid Electronics up for grabs.”
Tracey Meek won the prize for being closest to the average snapper weight (2.268kg), while Ollie Meek won the junior class with a 5.2kg snapper.