Big bar­ras de­spite cool

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

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.

Pic­ture: Brett Thomp­son

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.

Andrew Mc­n­aboe.

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