Our first fishing competition was held in December 2003 to raise funds for the purchase and decoration of our new parish centre in West Gosford. Organised by Paul Pereboeff, George Karmadonoff and Victor Bendevski, the inaugural competition was held at Deerrubbun Reserve on the Hawkesbury River and raised over $2000. All subsequent competitions up until and including 2018 were held at the same location.
The second competition adopted an expanded format and was held over the weekend of 22-23 January 2005. It also raised over $2000, all of which was directed to repayment of the mortgage on our parish centre.
The third competition continued with the expanded format and was held on the weekend of 11-12 February 2006. The fourth competition was held on 11 February 2007. Although fishing was limited to just one day, over seventy people participated and $2300 was raised. The fifth competition was held on 9 February 2008. For the first time, fishing outside the heads was allowed. Of the proceeds raised, half was donated to Hawkesbury River Volunteer Marine Rescue.
Changes occurred in parish life and after February 2008 the competition was put on hold for a time. It recommenced in February 2018.
The name of the winner of our fishing competition is inscribed on the prestigious Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Community of Gosford perpetual trophy, arguably the most sought-after prize in the world of Russian Orthodox competitive fishing. Winners of past competitions are:
2018: Tamara Markovstev
2008: Michael Paramonoff
2007: George Gousev
2006: Tony Celeste – his catch was a jewfish weighing 27 kilograms
2005: Vitali Teterin
2003: Paul Morozoff
The fishing competition runs from 6:00am Saturday 9 February 2019 to 11.00am Sunday 10 February 2019. Entry into the competition starts after registration and payment has been received by the event organisers and you have received a registration chip which will have a unique number. Entrants must register and pay before any fish that have been caught can be eligible for entry into the competition.
Registration fee: $50.00 per person, $20.00 per child under 16 years, or $80 per family (2 adults + children). The entry fee includes lunch on Sunday 10 February 2019. Non competitors including those joining us for lunch on Sunday 10 February 2019 are still required to pay the registration fee.
Location: There are no fishing boundaries for this competition.
Prizes: Prize presentation and lunch on Sunday 10 February 2019 from 12.30 pm and will be held at Patonga Progress Hall, 6 Brisk Street Patonga NSW 2256. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for fish by weight. There will also be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for our junior competitors aged 12 and under.
Competition start: The competition starts at 6:00am on Saturday 9 February 2019. All participants with boats can register and pay at the Patonga Beach Boat Ramp from 6.00am to 10.00am or after that at the competition base at Site 65 in the Patonga Caravan and Camping Area. Competitors may register at any time prior to the competition ending.
Competition finish: The competition ends at 11:00am on Sunday 10 February 2019 at Patonga Progress Hall, 6 Brisk Street Patonga NSW 2256. Anyone not in the queue with a fish at the official competition scales by 10:30am on Sunday 10 February 2019 will be deemed ineligible to win a prize. No fish brought in after this time will be considered for a prize.
Weigh-In: Fish can be weighed in anytime between 9:00am on Saturday 9 February and 11:00am on Sunday 10 February 2019. All fish must be weighed-in on the official competition scales by the organisers to be eligible. Fish may be kept on ice but must not be brought in frozen. Only one fish can be weighed-in per registration.
Note: Any fish deemed by the judges to be caught outside the competition hours or other than by a registered competitor will be ineligible to win a prize. The entry fee will not be refunded. The judges’ decision is final and no discussion will be entered into.
Fish: All Entrants must comply with NSW Fisheries rules and regulations and have a current NSW Fishing License. Any entrant not complying will be disqualified.
Boats: All vessels if required by NSW marine regulations must have current NSW registration or registration recognised in NSW. Boat skippers must hold a NSW Boating Licence or a licence recognised in NSW. All vessels must carry all the safety equipment as required by the NSW marine regulations.
General: The above boat rules are the responsibility of the boat owners. All participants are asked to be honest and friendly to each other. Please enjoy yourselves!
The organisers accept no liability for any injury, loss, damage of any person or property in the course of excursion, whether such injury or loss is due, or alleged to be due to any such act, neglect or default of the organizers or of any official or agency thereof, and all competitors fully understand that in so participating they do so at their own risk and agree to abide by all rules and regulations.
Any action, incident, or situation not covered by the rules and conditions written herein shall be determined co-jointly by the judges and organisers of the competition if and when these conditions arise. Their decision is final.
The organisers have the right to exclude anyone from participating without giving any reason whatsoever.