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Stealth Adder Rock Challenge 2024

Stealth Adder Rock Challenge 2024

Australian Kayak Specialists wish to thank those that joined us for the 11th Stealth Adder Rock Challenge held over the weekend 2- 5 May 2024.

AKS Kicked things off with a Mandatory BBQ Briefing on Friday evening – this is always an enjoyable part of the event as it allows many of our entrants to catch up – sometimes with fishing friends they have not seen since the last Adder event.

A massive thanks to Brian Hughes (Paramedic) who assisted fellow entrant Ian Balderston with a rather nasty finger injury that occurred at the briefing. It was unfortunate that Ian was not able to compete as a result. Similarly, so for Paul Oleary who unfortunately sustained a foot injury earlier on the Friday. Both competitors as well as a couple of “no shows” were removed from their teams – so that team scoring was not affected as a result.

Over the last few years, we have worked to move away from a win at all costs attitude at our comps – we have reduced the size of prizes and try ensure the focus is on having  fun in a safe way.

The Teams this year were as follows:

  • Brisbane Bream
  • Brisbane Bonito
  • Gold Coast Guppies
  • Gold Coast Goatfish
  • Sunny Coast Sand whiting
  • Sunny Coast Sardine
  • The Mexicans

 

In the days leading up to the comp, the weather was unkind, however the forecast for the weekend was trending downwards. For the first session, which had the worst forecast, anglers were instructed to stay within a restricted  version of our fishing grounds, i.e. no Boat Rock for this session.

This session saw 48 Anglers hit the water.

26 Anglers managed to score a total of 43 Fish, some of which were brought in for scoring, some of which were scored via photo (Catch and release).

This session saw Sunny Coast local, Andrew Van Kerckhof take the lead. Andrew managed to score two solid longtails for a total of 252 Points.

Gold Coaster Justin Pybus was in second place on 216 points, with Kai Brown in third on 180 Points.

  

 

The Second session saw similar conditions – albeit slightly less wind and swell; as a result, Boat Rock was opened as a  fishing area.
This session saw 58 Anglers launch. 12 of these anglers brought fish in for scoring.

This session saw Gold Coast Local Nathan Rogers take the lead with an awesome Spanish Mackerel and Long tail.

Rod Pacitti managed to score big in this session too with a great Snapper and Longtail Tuna.

Justing Pybus kept himself very much in the game with a Longtail.

Heading into Day three the leaderboard looked as follows:

Nathan Rogers

487

Rodney Pacitti

372

Justin Pybus

310

Garnett Sweeney

278

Andrew Van Kerckhof

252

Stuart Cook

200.5


Day three was the pick of the days in terms of the forecast and as a result we saw 58 Competitors launch. Boat Rock was opened for entrants to fish around.

Regrettably this third session saw an unfortunate incident in which two anglers collided, resulting in the kayaks taking on water because of the damage. We are thankful to local Boaties and the local Surf Life Saving Club assisting in the matter; as well as those who assisted us with the launch of the Jetski. To have this happen during a passing squall only made matters more difficult.

This session did however see some more great fish recorded.

  

Following the final tally – 34 Anglers managed to get on the scoreboard:

Name

Total

1

Nathan Rogers

597.2

2

Rodney Pacitti

464

3

Justin Pybus

450.3

4

Garnett Sweeney

278

5

Jack Dekort

263

6

Andrew Van Kerckhof

252

7

Jim Koek

226

8

Simon Norton

211.5

9

Stuart Cook

200.5

10

Blake Mossman

200

11

Gary Mathias

195

12

Declan Dempster

180

12

Kai Brown

180

14

Fabian Harrison

148

15

Ido Bar

130.5

16

Dennis Maghanoy

115

16

Scott Davis

115

18

Ryan Lee

111

19

Wayne Eden

99

20

Olly Wren

97

21

Sam Russell

95.8

22

NICHOLAS SANGSTER

95

23

Doug Moore

89

24

Alex White

85

25

Clinton Hunt

68

26

Dean Giddings

53

27

Duan and Leigh

49.9

28

Dean Gornall

21

29

Brian Hughes

20.5

30

Shaun Adams

20.5

31

Brendan McMahon

20

32

Adam and Lou

19.5

33

Nathan Kirby

17.4

34

Andrew Merry

15.9

 

Congrats to all who scored during the comp and thanks for all who assisted along the way.

The coveted team comp resulted in the following:

1

Gold Coast Goatfish

186.15

2

Sunny Coast Sand whiting

133.3625

3

Gold Coast Guppy

101.9091

4

Brisbane Bonito

53.82222

5

Mexicans

49.6

6

Brisbane Bream

34.58889

7

Sunny Coast Sardine

10.04444

 

We wish to take the opportunity to again clarify some of the results.

A total of five anglers were removed from their teams – three no shows, two injuries. This was done so that teams were not prejudiced by these anglers being unable to participate.

Scoring: Two Fish were excluded from scoring because of being sharked. Both with close to half of the fish missing. There was one fish that was scored with some minor damage (the fish was however still whole and largely unaffected).

We also wish to take the opportunity to advise anglers on taking their on-water safety very seriously. The ocean can be unforgiving. If you don’t already have:

Pencil Flares

https://www.whitworths.com.au/safety/signaling-equipment/flares

Line Cutter

https://www.whitworths.com.au/shop?q=line+cutter

Our Sponsors

A massive thanks to our sponsors who kindly donated to the prize pool and welcome pack gear. Your efforts in the offshore kayak fishing community do not go unnoticed.

 

We have uploaded some of our images to Facebook and Insta – Feel free to use them as you wish. 

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