An­glers defy poor con­di­tions to boat range of species

Pilbara News - - Fishing - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ry­ley Hinch­cliffe with a queen­fish caught on 1kg line on Fri­day evening.

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