Fam­ily fun with jacks and bream

Pilbara News - - Fishing - ■ Ali­cia Perera

About 30 fish­ers made the most of good con­di­tions on the wa­ter last Satur­day by tak­ing part in the Nickol Bay Sport­fish­ing Club’s man­grove jack and bream lures chal­lenge.

The tag-and-re­lease event held be­tween Hamp­ton Har­bour and Mait­land River was a com­bi­na­tion of two for­merly sep­a­rate club com­pe­ti­tions, one for each species, into one, and at­tracted a lot of fam­i­lies and ju­niors. Club com­mit­tee mem­ber An­drew Car­pen­ter said the lures-only re­quire­ment made it chal­leng­ing even for ex­pe­ri­enced fish­ers.

“Man­grove jack and bream are rel­a­tively easy to catch if you’re us­ing bait,” he said. “This was a lure-only comp, no bait per­mit­ted, which raises the bar.”

“It makes peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate that they need to draw on their fish­ing skills to come out on top.

“You have to think about what you’re do­ing rather than just throw­ing your line in — cast­ing into lo­ca­tions where, if you’re not care­ful, you’re go­ing to lose your lure or it’s go­ing to get tan­gled up.”

The win­ner was the per­son who caught three man­grove jack, three bream or three of both with the high­est to­tal mea­sure­ment.

Casey Stocker won with 120cm worth of man­grove jack.

The other win­ners were Ge­orge Le­vis­sianos with 114cm of man­grove jack, Nick Le­vis­sianos with 103cm and Ge­off-Lovell with 102cm.

They each won a set of lures.

Pic­ture: An­drew Car­pen­ter

An­drew Car­pen­ter with a tagged man­grove jack.

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