Fresh an­gle

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Hugh, 1, and Jake Swaf­fer at the weigh-in.

Todd, Paula and Jaxon Mar­riott with their catches.

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