Har­vey’s catch a high­light

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

The re­cent Ex­mouth Clas­sic Reef fish­ing tour­na­ment was held last month at the Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club and there were some in­ter­est­ing cap­tures.

Budda Damien took out the span­gled emperor sec­tion with a 2.6kg fish. Gary Moun­sey caught the big­gest ruby snap­per, while John Prince caught the largest rankin cod.

Ian Hux­ter caught a rip­per mack­erel that weighed 23.6kg, while Chin Prince caught an 11.8kg tuna. Cham­pion Boat went to Awe­some with 2000 points, while Jakel was not far be­hind at 1800 points.

Ri­ley Smith won Cham­pion Junior and we are sure there will be plenty of fish din­ners to be eaten af­ter the event.

The Ul­tra­light Cham­pion Boat Sec­tion was taken out by Hindis­ght, with an­glers Mur­ray Lewin and Brian Snook, but the high­light of the event was the reaction of four-year-old Har­vey Mitchell, who fished the event with his Dad.

Har­vey ab­so­lutely loved it and fished all day with no dra­mas.

The diminu­tive fisher weighed in a 3.1kg mor­wong he caught on 2kg line that took him about 15 min­utes to land.

Although tech­ni­cally not a game­fish species, he was awarded Cham­pion Junior an­gler for the com­pe­ti­tion by the EGFC, be­cause there were no other fish weighed in by any ju­niors.

We don’t know who is happier though, Dad or him. Not bad con­sid­er­ing he is only four years old.

The next fish­ing event is the Fly Fish­ing Festival, which is be­ing co­or­di­nated by lo­cal guide Al­lan Don­ald.

We have al­ready seen an in­flux of salt wa­ter fly fish­ing an­glers hit the shore­lines and ramps over the week­end and what a great start the early-com­ers have had with sen­sa­tional con­di­tions in the gulf.

We don’t think we have ever seen Bun­degi boat ramp so busy. The west side was rather murky on the week­end with big swells push­ing dirty wa­ter in to the la­goon ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly in the ar­eas north of Tantabiddi through to the tip of the cape.

This doesn’t make for great fly fish­ing from the shore, but boat an­glers got out to some good fish beyond the reef.

The gulf side shore­line was crys­tal clear on the high tide from Bun­degi south. Bait schools could be seen show­er­ing in the wa­ters off the rock­wall from the EGFC club­house on sun­set, as queen­fish and trevally ham­mered them in search of a feed.

Plenty of boat­ing en­thu­si­asts took the op­por­tu­nity to get out in the gulf, as the ma­rina boat ramp was also busy.

The Ladies Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion is also on soon, with the one day event sched­uled for Septem­ber 17.

There are guar­an­teed to be lots of laughs, hope­fully a few fish caught, a pre­sen­ta­tion lun­cheon and re­laxed times.

The sec­tions are cham­pion team tag and re­lease bill­fish, heav­i­est mahi mahi, heav­i­est tuna, heav­i­est mack­erel and cham­pion team high­est points over­all.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, go to www.egfc.com.au.

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