Big crowds lured in by an­nual barra tour­na­ment

Pilbara News - - Fishing - Re­becca Par­ish

Fish­er­men and women de­scended on Hed­land’s choppy wa­ters at the week­end for the an­nual Pil Barra Fish­ing Tour­na­ment.

The event, which was spon­sored by Auslec, ran on Satur­day and Sun­day and saw the Port Hed­land Game Fish­ing Club break a record for the most com­peti­tors to take part in any of their events.

Ju­niors and se­niors joined to vie for the many awards which in­cluded cham­pion an­gler and the highly cov­eted big­gest barra prize.

Co-or­di­na­tor Hed­ley McManus said de­spite less than ideal con­di­tions for fish­ers, the week­end’s event went off with­out a hitch.

“A lot of peo­ple in Hed­land have got a pas­sion for fish­ing,” he said. “It’s part of the life­style here. “Ev­ery­one seemed to en­joy them­selves this week­end which is most im­por­tant.”

Young an­glers Josh and Kayde Den­ney, who have taken part in the last three events, were sup­ported by their pop Bob at the week­end, with the trio reel­ing in some spec­tac­u­lar fish.

Josh’s 1.47kg man­grove Jack saw him beat out the big boys for the ti­tle.

“We had a good week­end and we hope to do it again,” Josh said.

Josh Townsend won the prize for cap­tur­ing the heav­i­est salmon, at 5.4kg, while Wayne Maxwell was the cham­pion an­gler.

Pic­tures: Re­becca Par­ish

Spon­sor Auslec’s Richie Bre­denkamp with win­ner of the heav­i­est salmon prize Josh Townsend.

Cham­pion boat win­ners, Team Macca.

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