Fishers all smiles after sweet catches
The weather gods tried their hardest but could not keep more than 30 crews getting out on the water last weekend for Nickol Bay Sportfishing Club’s Mackerel Family Day competition.
About 100 anglers headed out from Dampier despite persistent high winds throughout the week, which only seemed to pick up as the day wore on.
The targets were narrow and broad barred mackerel and a slice of luck saw Brad Cliff pull in a 22.1kg giant to win the major prize.
“We had trolled for probably 40km through the day I’d say,” he said.
“We were about to give up and head home but we just decided to give it one last pass and I got lucky I guess. When we got it in the boat, we knew it would be up there, it was a big fish.”
Cliff said his crew never had second thoughts about heading out despite the “horrible” conditions.
He was presented his prize, a $500 cheque and custom Headley rod, in front of a big crowd at the Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club after the event.
The Marriott boat went home with plenty of reward too, winning the junior, female and highest points scored categories.
Todd Marriott’s 13.15kg narrowbarred mackerel caught on 3kg line earned him 438 Australian National Sportfishing Association points.
NBSFC president Scott Medling said he was pleased with the turnout this year.
“It was a bit rough out there but obviously there were some good fish caught and everyone seemed to have a good time,” he said.
“We had a lot of club members but also a fair few from outside the club joined in.”
Medling congratulated the competitors, sponsors and volunteers.
Hugh, 1, and Jake Swaffer at the weigh-in.
Todd, Paula and Jaxon Marriott with their catches.