Fisher takes ti­tle with 20kg catch

Pilbara News - - Fishing - Ali­cia Per­era

The Nickol Bay Sport­fish­ing Club’s an­nual fam­ily day cen­tring on mack­erel proved a hit with lo­cal an­glers of all ages last Satur­day.

About 35 teams, many in­clud­ing fam­i­lies, took part in the Mack­erel Fam­ily Fish­ing Day.

With about 30 catches brought in for weigh-in at Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club, there was no doubt the fish had been bit­ing all day, de­spite some wind and com­pe­ti­tion from sharks to con­tend with.

In the end, com­pe­ti­tion was tight but Luke Leech came out on top to take home the main prize of a $500 voucher do­nated by HHBSC.

Stu­art Thorne and Cody Car­pen­ter were sec­ond and third over­all.

Thorne also won the male heav­i­est mack­erel di­vi­sion with his fish weigh­ing 20.43kg, fol­lowed closely by Car­pen­ter and Mitch Dea­con.

Keni Bur­ford won the fe­male an­gler heav­i­est mack­erel prize for her fish weigh­ing 13.7kg, while young fisher Brock Crowhurst was awarded both the ju­nior heav­i­est and heav­i­est mack­erel other than nar­row-barred cat­e­gories.

Event founder and or­gan­iser Ken McFar­lane said he had cre­ated the Mack­erel Fam­ily Fish­ing Day as pres­i­dent years ago to offer an easy one-day com­pe­ti­tion to pro­mote fam­ily in­volve­ment in lo­cal fish­ing.

“I thought, well, we don’t have a one-day easy com­pe­ti­tion to try and en­cour­age fam­i­lies to be a part of this club or just part of the fish­ing com­mu­nity and see what the place has to offer,” he said.

“Peo­ple start to get a bit ap­pre­hen­sive if you talk about line classes and all this sort of thing, and think ‘oh, that’s for ex­perts’.

“(This) is easy. And ob­vi­ously good fish­er­men or good fish­er­women can prob­a­bly catch more, but it’s not rocket sci­ence. You go out there with a lure or some baits where the mack­erel are and you’ve got as good a chance as any.”

McFar­lane wel­comed the high turnout of fam­i­lies and ju­niors, some of whom were as young as three, say­ing mack­erel were a good type of fish for be­gin­ner and ju­nior an­glers to go af­ter.

“It does teach kids how to fish prop­erly,” he said.

“Be­cause they’re not a lazy fish ... they fight hard, they go hard, and they’re good to eat as well. (Kids) love it.”

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Over­all win­ner Luke Leech with his catch.

Fe­male an­gler win­ner Keni Bur­ford.

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