Favourable Clas­sic tides

Pilbara News - - Fishing - Tom Zaun­mayr

An­glers are just weeks away from hit­ting the wa­ters around the Dampier Ar­chi­pel­ago for one of the big­gest fish­ing com­pe­ti­tions in the Pil­bara.

The Dampier Clas­sic, now in it’s 41st year, runs over the FeNaClNG long week­end from 6am, July 29 to 6pm, Au­gust 1 with a com­pul­sory no-fish pe­riod be­tween 6pm Satur­day and 7am Sun­day.

An­glers will tar­get a wide va­ri­ety of species but the big money prize’s will go to­wards big bill­fish and game­fish species.

There are big ex­pec­ta­tions for this years’ event with club mem­bers hit­ting the record books reg­u­larly in the past few months, the ju­niors and small fries ac­count­ing for a good per­cent­age of these claims.

This in­cludes seven po­ten­tial world records and a large num­ber of State and na­tional records. Prizes across the 30 cat­e­gories in­clude Shi­mano reels, cus­tom-made Headleys rods, ear­rings and prize packs and vouch­ers for var­i­ous lo­cal busi­nesses.

A briefing night will be held on the Wed­nes­day, be­fore every­one hits the wa­ter from 6.30pm, at the Tam­brey Tav­ern to pro­vide teams with com­pe­ti­tion bags and update com­peti­tors on weather con­di­tions, rules and pro­ce­dures.

Favourable tides of be­tween 2.5m to 3.5m in the morn­ing and evening on Satur­day and Sun­day are ideal for boat launch and re­trieval.

The four-day event is billed as a tour­na­ment for all walks of life.

Derek Thomp­son, El­liot Fowler and Ben Thomp­son, 10, show off their catches at King Bay Game Fish­ing Club’s King Brey Open. Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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