Record numbers for Dave Irvine Memorial Snapper Classic

THE Dave Irvine Snapper Classic took place last Saturday and Sunday with around 150 competitors enjoying some fantastic fishing on the NSW North Coast.

Dom Thornely took out best Male Angler, while Chloe Taylor won best Female Angler. The Biggest Snapper went to Christopher Smith with a 91.3cm fish, while Edgewater/Lowrance won the Team category. The Juniors section was won by Shaun Cameron and Kayaks was won by Dale Johnson.

Organiser Mark Luttrell told Fisho the event was well received, and despite some bad weather, punters had a good comp with big numbers of fish caught. Saturday morning was reportedly fine until a strong Nor-Easter blew up. Sunday’s fishing was cancelled.

“We’re happy with the event this year. Saturday probably had the most fish ever caught in one day with an average size of 48cm,” said Luttrell.

“Most people reported good captures and we were happy with the new venue at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club,” said Luttrell.

“We had about 40 anglers more than last year with men and juniors, while females remained the same.”

Luttrell said the change of date from June to August this year was popular and the committee will soon confirm next year’s dates. At this stage August is a probable choice.

Check out the comp results below and stay tuned for news on next year’s event.

Champion Overall Angler

Chloe Taylor

Shaun Cameron   788   Stingnn   
Sonny Bootland    283  Hells Bells
James Munro        80    Hoo-Kares

Dale Johnson             149   Hashtag Snappers
Ryan Colin Thomson   148   Better Late Than Never
Nathan Watson           124   Havo Yak

Chloe Taylor           1835  Tomohawk
Hayley Norris           545    Simrad/Evinrude
Gina Cleaver           175    Ofishal

Edgewater/Lowrance     2693
Tomohawk                  2546
By the Gills                  2312

Biggest Snapper
91.3  Christopher Smith     Team Persistant
91     Michael Spina           EFC                   
89.5  Thai Chan                On Edge            
89.1  Andrew Burke           TOR                  

Dom Thornely       Edgewater/Lowrance     1790
Sam Gilchrist        By the Gills                  1577
Michael Bonnici     Simrad/Evinrude           1117


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ABOVE: Chloe Taylor was awarded Champion Overall Angler. IMAGE:


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ABOVE: Dom Thornely and Josh Batterson showing off their trophies at the servo. Image courtesy of Dom Thornely.


ABOVE: Josh Batterson with a quality Coffs snapper. Image courtesy of Dom Thornely.



ABOVE: The juniors winners.


ABOVE: Gina Cleaver and Chloe Taylor




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