Shallows rich source of ‘quality fish’
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.