Young an­glers help to put club on na­tional stage

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ian Lan­nary

The King Bay Game Fish­ing Club is about to hold its 42nd Dampier Clas­sic four-day fish­ing tour­na­ment.

Tra­di­tion­ally this was held on the FeNaClng week­end, but this year the club is hold­ing the tour­na­ment from Au­gust 1821.

There are cat­e­gories for all lev­els of an­glers with more than $35,000 in prizes up for grabs.

Club mem­bers con­tinue to men­tor and sup­port ju­nior an­glers within the club and are are proud to have a long his­tory of suc­cess and achieve­ments at na­tional and State level dat­ing back over the past 10 years.

More re­cently the club has had in­ter­na­tional suc­cess, with a ju­nior mem­ber recog­nised for her achieve­ments.

One of or most suc­cess­ful club ju­niors, Toby Ma­son, won the pres­ti­gious Bill­fish Foun­da­tion Award for Top Re­lease An­gler for Black Mar­lin in the In­dian Ocean.

Toby also won nu­mer­ous Game Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia awards, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian Cham­pion Ju­nior Cap­ture. One of the more re­cent suc­cess­ful ju­niors is Max Grasso.

At the age of seven, his level of com­mit­ment to fish­ing is un­ri­valled.

Max’s fa­ther Mick Grasso is a long-term player in the game fish­ing and sport fish­ing scene in the Pil­bara and has caught many im­pres­sive fish on light line within the ar­chi­pel­ago.

Max holds world, na­tional and State records.

He was awarded the Game Fish­ing Aus­tralia State Small Fry Cham­pion Cap­ture. Max’s re­cent im­pact within the club has seen many fish weighed in the 2017 an­nual com­pe­ti­tion within the club.

To see two gen­er­a­tions show­ing com­mit­ment to the sport is a credit to the club.

Pic­ture: King Bay Game Fish­ing Club

Max Grasso shows off an im­pres­sive queen­fish.

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