Organiser Phill Kliese and a few of the Ausfishers.
Organiser Phill Kliese and a few of the Ausfishers. Rob Black

Ausfish anglers hook up for successful annual bash

THE Ausfish crew celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy Meet and Greet fishing event this week, catching plenty of fish, raising money for the local Voluntary Marine Rescue and having a few laughs as well.

Organiser Phill Kliese said more than 30 boats and 120 fishers had enjoyed another successful meet and greet on The Discovery Coast.

"A few of us came up a bit early and a few more will stay on with their families for the school holidays," Phill said.

"But most come for the seven days and most will head home tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday. It's our biggest event for the year and we've got a bit of a connection with Agnes and Seventeen Seventy: we just love it here.''

Ausfish is not strictly a fishing club as such, but a group of like-minded recreational fishers, male and female, who stay in touch via the internet and social media through the website.

They communicate regularly on everything fishing and the idea has become so popular there are now more than 100,000 registered members of Ausfish worldwide.

Phill said the weather had blown up a bit yesterday, but earlier in the week some good fish were taken, with plenty of big nannygai and a few standout red emperor.

The Ausfish annual cook-off was held at the Agnes Water Surf Life saving Club and raised $2590 for the Round Hill VMR, which keeps an eye out for the crews when they head outside to the reef.

"We had a great night with prawn peeling and chilli eating contests, plus some great dishes cooked up by some of the blokes; spicy meat and fish balls and beer-battered mackerel the specialities," Phill said.