Team Simrad capture title in top-calibre competition
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.
Vicki Searle with her pickhandle barracuda.
Chloe Hornhardt, 11, with her 17.35kg mackie.
Dale Moir, Jake Levey and David Levey from Ruffunuff.
Jason and Nicky Hornhardt.