Shootout or­gan­is­ers to keep eyes on weather fore­casts

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

An­glers keen to chase some of the fastest fish in the sea are in for a treat with the Nickol Bay Sport­fish­ing Club’s pre­mier an­nual event, the Bill­fish Shootout, on this weekend, de­spite the pos­si­bil­ity of some rough weather.

More than 30 teams have reg­is­tered for the competition, now in its 13th year, which chal­lenges fish­ers to catch, tag and re­lease as many of the speedy fish as pos­si­ble off the Dampier coast from Fri­day to Sun­day.

NBSFC com­mit­tee mem­ber Ja­cob Crowhurst said while weather con­di­tions were not look­ing ideal, es­pe­cially for Sun­day and Mon­day, the club was mon­i­tor­ing the fore­cast and would keep peo­ple in­formed on­line.

“Pack your wet weather gear and keep up-to-date on the Face­book event page,” he said. “We’ll be putting out up­dates . . . be­cause we’ve got a rough weather pol­icy which we’ll be putting into place.”

Speak­ing at a pre-Shootout rig­ging night at the Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club ear­lier this month, competition or­gan­iser Ken MacFar­lane said bill­fish­ing was all about good prepa­ra­tion, ex­cit­ing fish­ing and strong team­work among boat crews.

“Bill­fish­ing tra­di­tion­ally is the most ex­cit­ing type of fish­ing — for most peo­ple it’s the pin­na­cle of fish­ing,” he said. “It’s fast, it’s vis­ual, it’s ex­cit­ing, it’s quick.

“The fish are the fastest fish in the sea. Sail­fish do prob­a­bly 90 kilo­me­tres per hour.”

About $30,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs for win­ners, in­clud­ing cus­tom-made Hed­ley fish­ing rods and Shi­mano equip­ment.

The competition will also have more of a fam­ily fo­cus this year, with an in­au­gu­ral lun­cheon and fash­ion show behind held at the Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club on Satur­day for an­glers’ part­ners and fam­ily mem­bers spend­ing the day on dry land.

Data col­lected from the tagged and re­leased catches will be used to con­trib­ute to Aus­tralian fish­eries re­search.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to the 2017 Arg­onaut Bill­Fish Shootout — Dampier WA Face­book page.

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