6000cm of bar­ra­mundi catches

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Robert Dougherty

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.

Pic­tures: Robert Dougherty

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.

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