King Brey

Per­fect weather for fish­ing comp

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Or­gan­is­ers have deemed the King Brey Open a suc­cess af­ter mov­ing it to an ear­lier time slot for its sec­ond show­ing this year.

The bot­tom-bash­ing fish­ing comp at­tracted 36 teams and more than 100 an­glers at the week­end, in­clud­ing 17 ju­niors.

Black An­chors were the cham­pion team and it was Tom Breb­ner with a 17.1kg mack­erel who reeled in the big­gest over­all fish.

There were plenty of im­pres­sive num­bers on the board though, in­clud­ing 10-year-old Ben Thomp­son’s 7.72kg rankin cod, Jeremy By­grave’s 6.24kg co­ral trout and Ja­son Strange’s 6.14kg blue­bone.

King Bay Game Fish­ing Club pres­i­dent Ryan Bryce said while con­di­tions in close were a lit­tle sloppy, the weather was al­most per­fect out wide.

“I think just hold­ing it at this time of year the weather’s rea­son­ably pre­dictable,” he said.

“There was a good va­ri­ety of fish recorded given the neap tides.

“It was a good event from (the) safety side of things too. “No one was hurt.” Bryce said work would now be­gin on mak­ing the com­pe­ti­tion big­ger and bet­ter next year.

“We will look at get­ting the gen­eral pub­lic down there to make the weigh-in at the Tam­brey a bit big­ger,” he said.

“I think the Tam­brey just cre­ates a very good space which is nice and lo­cal. We will con­sider a big­ger prize for cham­pion team next year to make it a bit more of a spec­ta­cle for them.”

Bryce singled out sea res­cue vol­un­teer Al­lan Brown for man­ning the ra­dio for the du­ra­tion of the event.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Sky, 9, and Damian Arnold, 8.

Ja­son Strange with two blue­bones.

Kai Bourke, 5, with a catch to envy.

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