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Commodore’s Notes

COMMODORE’S NOTES – APRIL 2019

My favourite time of the year is Autumn, the crowds have thinned, the weather is milder and less wind means more fishing. This year is no exception with beautiful still mild days and cool nights.
Things have slowed down at the club but we are still keeping busy on our Wednesday and Friday Happy Hour nights and our Saturday evening raffle night. We are still open 7 days a week so drop in and say G’Day to our friendly members and staff and enjoy the worlds coldest and best beer while taking in the best views anywhere in the world.

Every Saturday night we run a raffle with first, second, and third prizes. All our raffle money goes back into the community so drop in and join in the fun. Remember our facilities are available to any member for weddings, parties anything.

If you’re not a member then why not become one, it’s not expensive.
Pensioner $25
Single $45
Family $60
Boat Owner $75 (this allows you to use our boat wash and fish cleaning facilities)

ADVANTAGES OF BEING A MEMBER
# You will have unlimited access, non-members can only visit 5 times and must sign in each time.
# Off season happy hours on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
# Membership card lucky number draws.
# Discount off bait.
# Use of our facilities for weddings, parties anything.
# Free meals and discounted refreshments at club events.
# Be a part of the worlds friendliest club.

Beautiful Autumn Sunrise with jogger silhouetted doing her daily run. Photo by Ian Walding.

UPCOMING EVENTS

World Sausage Roll Championships.
On the Queen’s Birthday long weekend we are holding the inaugural ‘’World Sausage Roll Championships”
Entries are now open but hurry.
We don’t want any of our judging panel to die from overeating so we will have to limit the number of entries.
We are also having a condiment competition for the best homemade Relish, Chutney and Tomato Sauce.
You can enter by dropping into the club and filling out an entry form or you can email me at ; keith.miller@live.com.au with your contact details.

MAJOR FISHING COMPETITION EASTER SUNDAY April 21st
(Sponsored by Peter Ryan & Associates)
Come along and give it a crack, bring the kids or grand kids, get them away from the screens and out into the fresh ocean air.
We give out prizes after each comp and a free roast lunch to all competitors.
All non-fishing members are welcome to come along and watch the fish being weighed in and can purchase a roast lunch for only $10.
Weigh in is between midday and 12.30.

Competitors and members lining up for one of our scrumptious roasts.

LIVE MUSIC – THE FABULOUS VULCANS EASTER SUNDAY 4pm onwards
We are excited to announce that we have the VULCANS back for the first time this year. Entry is free so come along and dance the night away.
We will be running a raffle and a members’ lucky number draw.
Get there early to beat the queue.


Members and guests enjoying themselves in our beautiful outdoor area recently.

MENS SHED BOAT REGATTA SUNDAY APRIL 14 From 10am near the Swing Bridge
The yachts are built, and the date is set for the Lorne Men’s Shed Regatta.
We are proud to be sponsoring the event.
The model T37 yachts have been built by the Shedders and they are practicing their sailing skills near the swing bridge every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 3 and 4pm. Spectators are more than welcome.
There will also be a motorised racing boat event.

LORNE LAWN BOWLS CHALLENGE WEDNESDAY MAY 8th at 5pm 
Congratulations to the Lorne Bowls Club who had 3 teams competing in the district competition and amazingly all 3 teams won their respective grand finals.
We are on fire here in Lorne at the moment with the bowlers now joining our local footy team as the reigning premiers.
We are also the premier Angling Club in Country Victoria with more members and fishing competitions than any of the others.
I have issued a challenge to the bowls club for a one-night competition which they have accepted.
The date is set and I’ve recruited a crack team to represent the Anglers with over 30 players signed on. I reckon the ‘’Cup Cakes’’ at the bowls club don’t stand a chance.
There will be a barbecue and refreshments available on the night.

RECENT EVENTS 

MAJOR FISHING COMPETITION Number 2
We held our second Major fishing competition for the year on March 10th which was the Sunday of the Labour Day long weekend.
The weather was perfect so we had a lot of competitors. I counted 22 boat trailers which is easily the most I’ve ever seen here.
There were plenty of fish caught and the big news was that for the first time ever we had two kingfish weighed in which is very exciting.
As usual after the prizes were awarded and everyone enjoyed a beautiful roast lunch which is now free to all competing Anglers.
The senior winner was Joel Norton with a Kingfish 4150 points.
Second was Harley Davies also with a kingy a tad smaller than Joel’s 3940 points.
Third was our reigning club champion Andrew Clarke with a snapper 2680 points.
In the Junior section the winner was Daisy Lodge with a Mackerel 2880 points.
Second was Zane Lodge with a snapper 2390 points and third was Jack Addison with a flathead 2330 points.


Tom Dawson with 5 kingfish and a Tuna caught by himself and Kaide Love off Lorne recently.

LIVE MUSIC 
On the evening after our fishing comp on the Sunday of the long weekend we had our local rock legend Ron Hollmer and his band perform live at the club. The weather was perfect and a good size crowd rocked the night away and a great time was had by all.


Local Rock Legend Ron Hollmer and his sensational band.

FAD’S and RESCUE BOAT NEWS
I contacted the Premier’s office requesting a Fish Attracting Device (FAD) to be deployed off Lorne and they referred me to the minister for Fishing and Boating, Jaala Pulford MP. I have just been contacted by Dallas D’Silva Director of Fisheries Policy, Management, Science and Licencing Victorian Fisheries Authority who has agreed to meet with me to discuss it.
They are not making it very easy but I’ll keep trying.

Our local state MP Richard Riordan has been in contact with the minister for police Lisa Neville who has just replied with the following letter.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c59c1e66363098fb6bb9d6e43/files/5a7a2d70-1e8a-41fc-a8a2-1e17198ac5de/Letter_response_to_Mr_Richard_Dorian_MP_regarding_marine_rescue_capability_around_Lorne.pdf

In my opinion this is totally unacceptable!
Firstly, it states that a new rescue boat in Apollo Bay can cover Lorne. It’s an hour on a good sea to get from Apollo Bay to here and twice that in a rough sea.
Secondly, it states that the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club have the capacity to help. They only have small inflatables which are totally unsuitable for tow ins or offshore rescues.
Thirdly, it states that Victoria Water Police patrol Bass Strait. In the last 30 years I’ve seen the water police here once.
We are still carrying out rescues using our own boats which are not designed for open ocean rescues.
Recently, I was rescued when my boat broke down. Luckily our local professional fisherman Warren Norton was able to tow me back to safety.

Warren Norton towing me back to safety.

UNUSUAL FISH
This is a Southern Blue Devil Fish which is endemic to southern Australia.
They grow to about 350cm and are found on reefs with ledges, crevices and deep caves at depths ranging from 3 to 40 metres. They live in small groups containing individuals of varying sizes from small juveniles to mature adults.
They feed on fish and crustaceans. We’ve been catching quite a few lately when fishing for snapper. We return them quickly to the water as they are protected.
They are one of the most beautiful fish that live in our part of the world, when you hold them in the sunlight their blue colour is amazing.

COFFEE
Jason will be open for business from 7.30am on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday until Easter.
Drop in and try his sensational Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Bickies, Slices and Muesli.

MERCHANDISE 
We’ve got our winter stock in of Navy Blue Hoodies and Denim Blue Windcheaters.
We also have plenty of – Long and Short Sleeve T Shirts, Caps, Stubby Holders, Stickers and Gift Vouchers.

COURTESY BUS 
Our bus is now running Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Please be generous with your gold coin donations.
Ph 0498 03 1234.

BAIT
We have the biggest range and best value for money bait anywhere on the Great Ocean Road.
We stock, Pippies, Baby Cuttlefish, Squid, Prawns, Pilchard Blocks, Chopped Pilchards, Salted Pilchards and Berley Blocks.
Remember, members get a discount.

FISHING REPORT
Finally, after years of sightings and chasing we’ve finally had a few Anglers catch some Kingfish. They aren’t huge but legal size and great fun. There’s also been some tuna landed and they have had kingies swimming with them. The snapper are on the go with plenty being caught with a few good size ones. Gummy Sharks are plentiful but still no school sharks.
We fished out deep in about 60 metres recently and caught a few baby school sharks so they are about but hard to catch.
King George Whiting are still about but not real plentiful.
Flathead are still on the chew. The water is still above 18 degrees and the Yakkas and Mackerel are still around. It’s been an interesting season with unusual fish being caught that I’ve never seen in Victoria before.
The pier is fishing well with lots of calamari, salmon, trevally, whiting snapper and mullet being caught.

Doug Williams preparing a gourmet lunch for the crew with some of his home grown produce.

Cheers,

Keith Miller, Commodore

Thanks, once again to our Sponsors:-

BENDIGO COMMUNITY BANK LORNE

DAWSON CONCRETING – Tom Dawson

ESSENTIAL FINANCIAL PLANNING – Peter Ryan

FOODWORKS LORNE

HILLEC ELECTRICAL SERVICES – Steve Hill

KEANE CONTRACTING BRICK/BLOCK and SCAFFOLDING – Gary Keane

LORNE BREAKDOWN and TOWING – Paul and Maxine Spizzica

LORNE HARDWARE and LEISURE – Ken and Chic Hosking

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD CONSTRUCTIONS – Luke Norton and Andy Little

LIVEWIRE PARK – Chris and Luke Nisbet

PETER WHEALE LANDSCAPES – Pete Wheal
RIORDAN FUELS – Jim Riordan

SURFCOAST GARDENING – Kerry Webster & Rob Dalziel

TRICKEY BROTHERS – Boe and Shane Trickey

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