Slow start in Balla Balla event
There was a good turnout for this year’s Nickol Bay Sportfishing Club’s Balla Balla competition, with 11 boats and 25 anglers taking part .
It was very quiet day on the water and a bit of a slow start in the morning because of a wet, slippery ramp which resulted in a couple of cars getting stuck. Then, once all the boats made it in, only two anglers managed to land fish.
The biggest barramundi on the first day was 69cm.
The second day was the game changer, with all creeks opening up to competitors and multiple boats landing two fish for the day.
There was also some nice bycatch throughout the competition, including a black jew measuring more than a metre long for James Dedman and other boats finding some fingermark and jacks.
The total barramundi count was about 12. Daisy Day was awarded champion angler for her three barramundi catches, and tied with Ryan Trewin for the weekend’s biggest fish of 78cm.
Andrew Carpenter won the catfish category with a 44cm specimen.
The NBSFC runs competitions every month.
For more information, go to a meeting at the Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club at 7pm on the second Wednesday of each month.