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