Anglers defy poor conditions to boat range of species
Fishing competitions in the Pilbara are synonymous with bad weather weekends, and the King Bay Game Fishing Club’s 2016 Dampier Classic has been no exception.
But despite the adverse weather, crews hit the waters off the Dampier Archipelago on the search for a wide range of species from black marlin to queenies for the four-day FeNaClNG long-weekend competition.
Sunday proved the best day of fishing, with bright blue skies and mild winds giving competitors, particularly those in the smaller boats, a chance to head out to more open waters.
The competition wound up on Monday night after being suspended in the morning because of high winds.
At the time of print the most recent results came from night 2, which had team Razorback 600 points ahead of Raddler for the champion boat capture category.
The Wench and French Maid were leading the tag and release billfish and game fish categories respectively.
Luke Leech had reeled in a 13.2kg narrow-barred mackerel to be leading the highest point scoring gamefish.
Toby Mason’s 5.5kg narrow-barred mackerel had him sitting on top in the juniors category.
The smallfry category was being led by Jessica Hornhardt with a 1.8kg queenie.
Ryan Turner was leading champion adult male — capture and highest point scoring gamefish on 3kg with a 15.2kg cobia.
For a full rundown of results and pictures from the presentation night, pick up next week’s edition of the Pilbara News.
Ryley Hinchcliffe with a queenfish caught on 1kg line on Friday evening.