Weather ideal for bill­fish comp

Pilbara News - - Fishing - Ali­cia Per­era

Ideal fish­ing weather fore­cast for the com­ing WA Day long week­end has put the Dampier Bill­fish Shootout on track for smooth-sail­ing.

The Nickol Bay Sports­fish­ing Club is busy gear­ing up for its premier tour­na­ment of the year, which will see fish­ers head out from Dampier’s Hamp­ton Har­bour for three days of tag­ging and re­leas­ing bill­fish from sail­fish to black mar­lin.

Com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee chair­man An­drew Car­pen­ter said so far, weather con­di­tions fore­cast for the week­end were phe­nom­e­nal for fish­ing, with light and vari­able winds and a sunny out­look.

“It’s the first time in 12 years that the weather fore­cast has been this ex­cep­tion­ally good,” he said.

Twenty-seven boats and 90 an­glers were signed up as of the end of last week and with the reg­is­tra­tion cut-off at 3.30pm to­day, any­one still on the fence needs to get in quickly.

Fish­ers will have the chance to win $33,000 worth of prizes and spon­sors gifts and meet for­mer West Coast Ea­gles legend turned fish­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive Glen Jakovich, who will MC the event and sail on the spon­sor boat.

Com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee mem­ber James Gorham said the club was ex­cited to be putting on “a very high­qual­ity com­pe­ti­tion that will be fun for all an­glers” that also con­trib­uted to sci­en­tific re­search through the NSW De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries’ na­tional Game Fish Tag­ging Pro­gram.

A brief­ing will be held at the Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club this Fri­day at 6pm be­fore the tour­na­ment launches with a Satur­day dawn cast, con­clud­ing with a pre­sen­ta­tion evening on Mon­day.

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