Fish­ers reel in great catch on calm days

Broome Advertiser - - SPORT - Wes Francks Wes Francks is a com­mit­tee mem­ber and for­mer pres­i­dent of the Broome Fish­ing Club.

The Broome Fish­ing Club’s de­ci­sion to post­pone the May Day com­pe­ti­tion to last week­end be­cause of weather con­di­tions turned out to be very wise.

There were two sen­sa­tional days with calm seas and very clear con­di­tions and there was fog on Sun­day.

More than 40 an­glers signed up to fish, with a vast ma­jor­ity of the 20 species el­i­gi­ble caught.

The sail­fish were abun­dant down around Bard Creek and James Price Point on Satur­day and at one point, I counted 15 boats all vy­ing for these spec­tac­u­lar sport fish pro­duc­ing ex­cel­lent num­bers.

Given the calm con­di­tions, most of the teams fished for a va­ri­ety of species on the out­side reefs pro­duc­ing blue bone, north­west snap­per, coral trout and most of the perch species el­i­gi­ble for this com­pe­ti­tion.

Other teams fished in and across Roe­buck Bay pro­duc­ing threadfin and blue nose sal­mon, bar­ra­mundi, triple tail and north­ern mul­loway.

Be sure to pick up next week’s pa­per to find out the re­sults of the May Day com­pe­ti­tion.

I know a few barra fishos are still fish­ing the Fitzroy River and de­spite the sig­nif­i­cant drop in water tem­per­a­ture, they are still pro­duc­ing a few good size fish, some around the 90cm mark.

I have found it amus­ing to see pho­tos of an­glers hold­ing fish up for pho­tos in the Kim­ber­ley re­gion dressed like they are fish­ing in the Antarc­tic. That’s it from me. Tight lines to all.

Pic­ture: Carl Dou­glass

Ali­son Jones with a healthy win­ter barra.

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