Gamex over

WA’s premier fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion is over, with three pend­ing State and Aus­tralian records on the cards. 12-year-old Cal­lum Hor­lock, pic­tured with iFish pre­sen­ter Paul Worstel­ing and Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club pres­i­dent Jeni Gates, won best ju­nior an­gler.

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Sev­eral pend­ing State and Aus­tralian records have seen ju­nior an­glers mix it with older crew mem­bers among the awards at GAMEX 2016.

Twelve-year-old Cal­lum Hor­lock’s 18.9kg nar­row-barred mack­erel on 3kg line and 6.2kg mahi mahi on 1kg line were enough for him to win cham­pion ju­nior an­gler and two cat­e­gory plac­ings.

An­other 12-year-old, Will Roach, took out a cat­e­gory win with his pend­ing record 16.3kg nar­row-barred mack­erel on 8kg line.

“It was a pretty quick cap­ture; only took about 2.5 min­utes,” he said.

“This is my first pend­ing record — I have re­leased a few world records, but didn’t make the mis­take this time.”

While the young fish­ers got among the awards, the most poignant mo­ment came at the end of the pre­sen­ta­tions with the un­veil­ing of the Phil Tickle Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

The tro­phy, whose name­sake died last year, was pre­sented by Shel­ley O’Brien and left barely a dry eye in the room.

Among the teams, Ed­die Lawlers’ Pe­lagic Hooker al­most swept the team cat­e­gories with three wins, and Lawler him­self won the Ge­orge King Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

Lawler said it was “awe­some” to see younger fish­ers among the award win­ners.

“They’re the guys who are go­ing to be the fu­ture of the club and GAMEX so if we can get them keen, get them out fish­ing,” he said.

“The first five days were tough for sure in the smaller boats, so take your hats off to them.

“They did bloody good to put up with the weather.”

The over­all cham­pion team, how­ever, went to the Hor­lock fam­ily crew on board Mys­tic Knot.

Skip­per Richard Hor­lock said Cal­lum’s pend­ing Aus­tralian records were the high­light of the week on the wa­ter.

“We have won it be­fore a few times, but new boat, new name and it was great — we en­joyed it im­mensely and just love Ex­mouth,” he said.

“The weather was a bit tough this week, but it was good hav­ing a great boat and be­ing able to find the fish.”

Hor­lock said it was fan­tas­tic to be able to fish with the fam­ily.

JJ Stephens, one of many to make the trip up from Perth, said he would def­i­nitely be re­turn­ing next year.

“This is the first time ever we’ve tried for and caught mar­lin so it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent,” he said.

Stephens was one of sev­eral an­glers who joined swim­mer and celebrity chef Ea­mon Sul­li­van in hook­ing their first bill­fish at GAMEX this year.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Steven Wester­huis

Will Roach, 12, with his pend­ing record mack­erel.

Team Mys­tic Knot who won cham­pion boat over­all.

JJ Stephens with his first black mar­lin. Pic­ture: JJ Stephens

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