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Port Augusta Local Snags
25th Snapper Championship’s Bragging Rights

Port Augusta local Marcus Agaciak has taken out the 25th Annual Australian Snapper Fishing Championship after snagging a 12.94 kilogram big red.

After competing in four championships, Mr Agaciak was thrilled to hook himself the catch of the competition.

Not only did Mr Agaciak’s 12.94kg catch take out top spot on the leader board, but he managed to snag himself a 9.28kg and 8.91kg snapper as well.

This year’s 12.94kg snapper is the largest big red to take top spot since 2013, when Jack Virgo snagged himself a 13.68kg snapper.

Mr Agaciak said catching the 12.94kg snapper had made his day.

“We got off to a rough start with the weather on the first couple of days, but I was thrilled when I pulled it in and saw how big it was,” Mr Agaciak said.

“I try to get up this way as often as I can to chase the snapper, and particularly to Point Lowly.”

Mr Agaciak put his big catch down to perseverance.

“It’s just about perseverance; if something has worked before, it will work again,” he said.

12 year old Abbey Sammut took out not only fourth place, but also the Bob Buckton Award.

The Bob Buckton Award recognizes Bob’s dedication to the championship and his support of female competitors.

Whyalla’s 25th annual Snapper Fishing Championship got off to a flying start, with the first big red weighed on day one weighing in at a whopping 9.58 kilograms.

This year’s leader board was dominated by Whyalla anglers, with seven of the top 10 winners coming from Whyalla.

Other winners making the board came from Port Augusta, Sheffield, Tasmania and Clearview, South Australia.

Full results for the 25th Annual Australian Snapper Fishing Championship:

1: Marcus Agaciak Port Augusta 12.94kg
2: Leigh Nolan Whyalla 11.14kg
3: Rhett Garrard Whyalla 9.58kg
4: Abbey Sammut Whyalla 8.92kg
5: Leo Dee Cabatingan Whyalla 8.12kg
6: Andrew Durdin Whyalla 8.0kg
7: Sean Wescombe Whyalla 6.56kg
8: Hernan Tosti Clearview, SA 6.36kg
9: Andrew Sammu Whyalla 5.78kg
Robbie Dunlop Sheffield, TAS 5.66kg

Top 3 junior snapper:

1: Blake Newsham Whyalla 5.96kg
2: Cooper Knowles Whyalla 4.476kg
3: Dakota Knowles Whyalla 3.668kg

Bob Buckton Award:
Abbey Sammut