Shal­lows rich source of ‘qual­ity fish’

North West Telegraph - - Sport - Robert Dougherty

It’s been a wa­tery week­end of on-tar­get spearfish­ing and set­ting records for the North West Spearfish­ing Club’s first of­fi­cial com­pe­ti­tion.

About 18 peo­ple took part in the 2018 Hed­land Clas­sic with divers swim­ming in pairs to col­lect the best fish dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day and at­tend­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion night at Port Hed­land Yacht Club on Sun­day.

Ju­nior cham­pion was col­lected by Re­gan Hulse, while se­nior cham­pion was Wally Galli.

In a new fish­ing twist the door prize photo com­pe­ti­tion was won by Max Rossi.

“A lot of qual­ity fish was speared, such as red em­peror, co­ral trout, blue bone and some mack­erel; there were a few spe­cial tro­phy fish,” Mr Galli said.

“Most of the good fish were shot in three to 10m of wa­ter, def­i­nitely qual­ity fish in the shal­lower wa­ter.

“Be­cause it’s a new club a lot of the fish will be­come the new records for the club and some guys got per­sonal bests.”

Within the com­pe­ti­tion’s geo­graphic bound­ary, the largest red em­peror was 57cm and largest blue­bone groper was 6.16kg, while a 12kg Span­ish mack­erel was also recorded.

The event was sup­ported by Force Equip­ment, Smirkey’s Sports, Hed­land Electrical, GT Div­ing, Pil­bara Tools and Fas­ten­ers, and Broad­spec­trum.

A sub­mis­sion in the photo com­pe­ti­tion for the North West Spearfish­ing Club 's Hed­land Clas­sic.

Wally Galli with a Span­ish mack­erel speared dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

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