Family fun with jacks and bream
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.
Andrew Carpenter with a tagged mangrove jack.