Big barras despite cool
Despite cold waters and windy conditions the fish stayed close to the shore as the annual Pil-Barra competition kicked off.
Beginning last Friday, the annual competition had anglers taking on the Pilbara waters to catch and release the best barra in the fishing arena.
While there was a decrease in registered competitors with only 98 anglers joining in, fishwise the competition far exceeded those previous.
Some 30-odd fish were caught over the three days, 18 of which were brought in by a pair of fishing enthusiasts.
Port Hedland Game Fishing Club president Gavin Jones said despite the average fishing weather the turn-out was good.
“It wasn’t the most ideal conditions with the wind and low temperature — barra like the warmth — it was still a pretty good turn out,” he said.
“It was good to see the support of the community again and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”
Despite the “ordinary” conditions, some anglers were able to make their way to their secret honey holes to catch some whoppers.
Brett Thompson was deemed the most successful, landing himself 113cm of barramundi in just one fish.
“Yeah it didn’t want to come in so we didn’t realise how big it was until we netted it onto the boat,” he said.
“It was hard conditions though between the wind and water temperature drop, but it was still a good weekend.”
The weekend competition ended with a presentation evening at the club house on Mackay Street where competitors enjoyed a barbecue and refreshments as awards were given.
Brett Thompson with his winning barramundi.
A mangrove jack being weighed.
Champion female angler Renee Carter.
Kane Edwards, 17, with his catch of the day.
Liam Dawson with his award-winning fish.