Teacher bags three in a row
HIGH school teacher Peter Storey, of Ocean Shores, has taken out the fishing competition at the Brunswick Fish n’ Chips Festival for the third year in a row.
Organiser Des Fitzgerald said Peter had earned his prize this year pulling in 11 kilograms of jewfish, bream and dart in the overnight competition.
“We had a great turnout this year with 55 competitors of all ages from all over the country,” he said.
“The numbers were up from last year but the fish were harder to find this year.
“It’s a great way to educate the young kids in fishing for the future, things like knowing what to fish for and when to throw them back.”
The Fish n’ Chip Festival, which includes the woodchop, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The fishing competitors officially checked in at 2pm on Saturday, fishing through the night till the weigh-in at 10am yesterday.
Peter was catching up on some sleep yesterday afternoon when The Northern Star spoke to his wife Carolyn.
And is she the stereotypical neglected wife of a keen fisherman?
“Certainly not,” she laughed.
“Surfing is his first passion so he loves getting out there. But he’s a very capable fisherman and doesn’t need to spend too long away.
“Occasionally I go out with him, but mostly I just eat the fish. It’s great to always have a freshsupply.
“I did go the other day when we took our four-year-old grandson and he caught his first fish.”
Peter won an Alvey reel for his efforts.
Next on the festival program is the sandmodelling which will be held on the beach today and tomorrow.
The woodchop competition kicks-off on Wednesday.