Fish and so­cialise fits bill at comp

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Alicia Per­era

The WA Day long week­end was not all re­lax­ation for the ded­i­cated North West an­glers who com­peted in the an­nual ma­jor fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion, the 2016 Arg­onaut Bill­fish Shootout.

For them, there was three days of fish­ing off Dampier from the early hours of the morn­ing un­til evening.

Each night fin­ished with pre­sen­ta­tions at the Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club, which sup­ported the Nickol Bay Sport­fish­ing Club event.

The names of cham­pion teams and in­di­vid­ual an­glers were an­nounced, as were those of raf­fle win­ners, and there were also some en­ter­tain­ing sto­ries of fish­ing an­tics shared dur­ing the “dob in a mate” seg­ment each night.

On Satur­day and Sun­day, par­tic­i­pants kicked back af­ter a hard days’ fish­ing, in the out­door court­yard area of the Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club and were treated to a bar­be­cue din­ner, courtesy of staff.

Wild weather on the fi­nal night forced team mem­bers into the up­per in­side area of the club which made for a tight fit but, thanks to good or­gan­i­sa­tion, it went off with­out a hitch.

The 2016 Arg­onaut Bill­fish Shootout com­mit­tee mem­bers James Ded­man, James Gorham, Gregg Headley, Hamish McLeod, An­drew Car­pen­ter and Ken Mac­Far­lane. Pic­tures: Alicia Per­era

Team RAGE.

Jor­dan Dremel, 10, Toby Ma­son, 15, and Jaxon Mar­riott, 16.

Team Latte mem­bers Tr­ish O'Meagher, James Gorham and Ge­off Lovell.

Team TRex mem­bers Nick Gould and Fiona Park.

Aaron Rein­hard, Paul Sellen, Blaine Phillips and Graeme Phillips.

In­be­tween­ers team mem­bers Wade Fowler, Dion Fowler and El­liott Fowler.

Over­all cham­pion male an­gler Trent Stan­ley.

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