Bot­tom bash­ers get ready

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

King Bay Game Fish­ing Club’s an­nual bot­tom bash­ing fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion is back this week­end and an­glers are hop­ing the weather gods may fi­nally play ball af­ter a rough sum­mer on Pil­bara wa­ters.

The King Brey Open, now in its third year, has an­glers tar­get species such as blue­bone, red em­peror, co­ral trout and rankin cod around the Dampier Archipelago.

KBGFC pres­i­dent Ian Lan­nary said the chang­ing of the sea­sons had proven a good time to hold the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We are see­ing good catches of red em­peror, co­ral trout, rankin cod and we are just start­ing to see our new sea­son mack­erel mov­ing in,” he said.

“Con­di­tions have been a bit rough as of late but def­i­nitely we are start­ing to see a change in the weather now.

“That change of sea­son will see a change of species and we tend to see some of our big­ger off­shore species move into shal­low water.”

Baits and lures are sched­uled to hit the water at on Satur­day morn­ing, with weigh-in to be­gin at the Tam­brey Tav­ern from 4.30pm.

Reg­is­tra­tions for the com­pe­ti­tion will be open to the public right up un­til the brief­ing on Thurs­day night. Mr Lan­nary said the va­ri­ety of fish on of­fer was what made bot­tom bash­ing ap­peal­ing for an­glers.

“You never know what you are go­ing to catch and no one spot fishes the same again,” he said.

“We wel­come novice fish­er­man to join us and have seen some ex­cep­tional catches from ju­niors.

“This year all ju­niors that fish the com­pe­ti­tion will get a lit­tle prize.”

Pre­sen­ta­tions, open to the public, will be held at the Tam­brey Tav­ern from 7.30pm.

More than $15,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs across the var­i­ous cat­e­gories.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kai Bourke, 5, with a catch which would make plenty of adults jeal­ous at the 2016 King Brey Open.

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