Team Sim­rad cap­ture ti­tle in top-cal­i­bre com­pe­ti­tion

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Years of per­sis­tence have paid off for team Sim­rad, who were crowned cham­pion cap­ture boat at the King Bay Game Fish­ing Club’s Dampier Clas­sic for 2016.

Sim­rad, crewed by Ryan Turner, Gary Sewell and Bren­ton Car­tledge, reeled in 12 species for a score of 4280.8, just pip­ping Ra­zor­back by eight points to take out the ti­tle.

Turner said the high cal­i­bre of an­glers in the Pil­bara made com­pe­ti­tions here among the hard­est to win.

“We’ve prob­a­bly got some of the best an­glers in Aus­tralia en­ter­ing this tour­na­ment,” he said.

It was a team ef­fort and we got a few lucky ones which got us over the line. I just en­joy the four days out there with the boys and love my fish­ing.”

The com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted 85 an­glers, in­clud­ing 15 ju­niors, aboard 27 boats. Among them 292 fish were caught, 111 of which were weighed.

Data from the re­search crew on hand at the gantry showed 75 per cent of queen­fish caught were male and 75 per cent of nar­row-barred mack­erel were fe­male.

King Bay Game Fish­ing Club pres­i­dent Ryan Bryce said 10 pend­ing records had been sent in for con­fir­ma­tion.

“We have had an­other fan­tas­tic com­pe­ti­tion again this year — it’s great for the loyal com­peti­tors,” he said.

“We couldn’t do it with­out our fan­tas­tic spon­sors in­clud­ing Shi­mano, Tam­brey Tav­ern and XXXX Gold.

“We’ve still had a hard­core group of 27 boats so with a bit of luck, we can build on that and grow the club.”

Jes­sica Horn­hardt won three of four small-fry cat­e­gories, with Jake Levey tak­ing one. Ry­ley Hinch­cliffe, Tas­min Kyle, Darcy Bryce and Toby Ma­son shared the four ju­nior cat­e­gories.

Team Wet Dreams dom­i­nated the open high­est point-scor­ing game fish, with Nicky, Chloe and Jason Horn­hardt snap­ping up the 4kg, 6kg, 8kg and 10kg cat­e­gories.

Ryan Turner won the 3kg sec­tion with a 15.2kg co­bia.

Among the adults, Luke, Dy­lan and Justin Leech notched up cat­e­gory wins.

Kristie Neil, JoAnn Reilly and Vicki Searle won the three fe­male sec­tions.

Dale Moir from Ruf­funuff won cham­pion adult male — tag and re­lease bill­fish with two species and three tags.

Among the team tro­phies Ra­zor­back, crewed by Travis Brinkhuis, Luke Leech and Kevin Dea­con, won the Berthelsen Tro­phy for high­est to­tal points of three game fish species.

French Maid took out cham­pion boat — tag and re­lease game fish ahead of Il­licit and Man­grove Jack.

Moir, David and Jake Levey’s Ruf­funuff scored 1700 points to win cham­pion boat — tag and re­lease bill­fish ahead of The Wench and Reck­less.

Pic­ture: Gary Cook

Vicki Searle with her pick­han­dle bar­racuda.

Chloe Horn­hardt, 11, with her 17.35kg mackie.

Dale Moir, Jake Levey and David Levey from Ruf­funuff.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Jason and Nicky Horn­hardt.

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