Bush Pig claim Shootout ti­tle

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

A four-per­son team from a boat known for win­ning fish­ing com­pe­ti­tions claimed the cham­pi­onship team ti­tle at the Nickol Bay Sport­fish­ing Club’s Bill­fish Shootout last week.

Team Bush Pig claimed the $3000 first prize for best team af­ter catch­ing 11 sail­fish over two days of the NBSFC’s premier fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion, com­ing in way ahead of all other teams on an 8000-point to­tal.

Bad weather took its toll on the fi­nal day of this year’s Shootout when, af­ter two days of strong winds, dan­ger­ous 30-knot wind speeds on the WA Day pub­lic hol­i­day forced or­gan­is­ers to call off the day’s fish­ing.

It meant the fi­nal re­sults stood as they had been at the end of day two.

Bush Pig skip­per Casey Roskell, a reg­u­lar Shootout com­peti­tor, said he was “stoked” to have won the com­pe­ti­tion for a sec­ond time with his new team and in such rough con­di­tions.

“The team played re­ally well,” he said. “They spot­ted all the fish that came up.

And we fished hard, we got soaked.”

Kate McLeod from Party of Five won cham­pion fe­male an­gler for an­other year, and had the high­est in­di­vid­ual points of the com­pe­ti­tion on 3250. Thun­der Dog’s Paul Rid­dell was the cham­pion male an­gler, on an equal 3000 points with run­ner-up Neil Grant from Ther­a­pists.

Brother-and-sis­ter pair Jor­dan and Tay­lah Dremel from Team Spec­trum took out male and fe­male ju­niors honours.

In all, 146 an­glers from 39 teams took part in this year’s Bill­fish Shootout, catch­ing 65 fish across the two days of ac­tive fish­ing.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

The 2017 Bill­fish Shootout win­ning team Bush Pig with Arg­onaut spon­sor rep­re­sen­ta­tives and event MC Glen Jakovich.

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