6000cm of barramundi catches
Big barramundi were the order of the day as fishers battled harsh northern winds for this year’s Pil-Barra Tournament in Hedland.
Barramundi totalling more than 6000cm collectively were released by 73 fishers for the Port Hedland Game Fishing Club weekend, with the champion team MACKA sending 40 barra back into the drink.
“First day was pretty good but the wind came up this morning as a pure northerly, it was pretty obnoxious,” said Port Hedland Game Fishing Club president Gavin Jones on Sunday.
“It was a bit windy and the water wasn’t at the right temperature on Sunday, but not too bad (on Saturday) — it has still been a successful competition. Barramundi are one of the premier Australian sports fish . . . it’s mainly when they jump, most anglers enjoy when the fish get aerial.”
At the presentation evening, Wayne Kurtis was crowned as Pil-Barra champion angler with 1231.5 points and the largest barramundi caught at 108.5cm.
Brett Thompson was a formidable runner-up champion angler on 1158 points, Bernadette Kay was the champion female ahead of Laura Templeman while Josh Denney and Kade Denney took out champion junior and runner up.
The heaviest mangrove jack was snapped up by Rohan Wood and heaviest salmon by Wazza Templeman. There were a few surprises this year with no black jewfish taken, an occasional by-catch and one boat sending a fisher over the side after running into a tree.
PilBarra award winners.
Heaviest mangrove jack was won by Rohan Wood.
Kade Denney took out champion junior runner-up.
Rodd Townsend and Charina Thompson.
Josh Denney took out champion junior.
Wayne Kurtis was crowned as PilBarra champion angler
Bernadette Kay was crowned the champion woman.
Champion women’s runner-up Laura Templeman.