Ea­ger ju­niors tag an im­pres­sive 14 bill­fish

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

The Aus­tralian Ju­nior Bill­fish Tour­na­ment was held on Fri­day and Satur­day as nine teams with 22 an­glers headed out to tar­get sail­fish and mar­lin.

The crews started early with Will Cun­ning­ham aboard On Strike tag­ging the first mar­lin at 8.45am on the first day. There were six mar­lin tagged on day one and many cheeky grins from ex­cited young­sters as they talked with mates at the club­house that night.

Day two had a calm start and Trent Gregory tagged the first sail­fish at 8.10am, and fol­lowed this by also tag­ging the first mar­lin, at 9.45am aboard Nin­ga­loo.

There were eight bill­fish tagged on day two.

The tagged fish in­cluded 10 black mar­lin and four sail­fish, with some fish es­ti­mated over 100kg.

Coen Bryce, Jake Fitzger­ald and Tait Mis­sen all tagged their first bill­fish.

In­ter­est­ingly, there were two chil­dren with bro­ken arms that fished and one with a bro­ken col­lar bone. De­spite the in­juries, the keen an­glers got out on the water in some test­ing seas and tagged some great fish.

There were fan­tas­tic prizes for each sec­tion, in­clud­ing days out on char­ter boats, Penn rods and reels, lures, caps, travel bags, signed books from Dr Ju­lian Pep­perell and Paul Worstel­ing and, of course, some great tro­phies to take home.

Ev­ery child re­ceived a shirt val­ued at $60 and en­try was only $25, thanks to spon­sors Home Hard­ware Ex­mouth, Wood­side, Tur­bine Ser­vices Aus­tralia, Penn reels, Clip­sal, Peak Sport­fish­ing Ad­ven­tures, On Strike Char­ters and Nin­ga­loo Sport­fish­ing Char­ters.

There were boats avail­able for ju­niors to fish aboard, so if you missed out this year make sure you ask about the 2017 event, which is ten­ta­tively sched­uled for the first week­end of the school hol­i­days in Septem­ber.

Mean­while, the forecast for this com­ing week looks great, so make sure you get out and among the fish. We’ve had a windy time for some weeks now, so a calm ses­sion will be wel­comed by all.

Pic­ture: Tackle World Ex­mouth

Trent Gregory, 10, and Jake Fitzger­ald, 14.

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