Mack­erel comp hits Dampier

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Fish­ing was slow but the an­glers were de­ter­mined at this year’s ma­jor Pil­bara mack­erel fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion, held on Satur­day.

The Nickol Bay Sport­fish­ing Club’s Mack­erel Fish­ing Fam­ily Day at­tracted 14 teams of com­mit­ted fish­ers who braved strong winds to get out on the wa­ter to catch the heav­i­est mack­erel off the Dampier coast. Few fish were bit­ing but af­ter a full day out, there were some good catches in the mix.

The $1000 first prize for over­all heav­i­est catch went to NBSFC vi­cepres­i­dent Ja­cob Crowhurst, who landed an 11.23kg Span­ish mack­erel.

Crowhurst, a reg­u­lar com­peti­tor at the event, said his fam­ily team had made some changes to their strat­egy this year and reaped the re­wards.

“This year it was a bit dif­fer­ent,” he said. “We found a good school of fish and caught about 15 mack­erel on the day.”

In the ju­nior cat­e­gory, two brothers made a clean sweep, with Ryan Kemp, 10, win­ning the over­all heav­i­est cap­ture for a ju­nior and his brother Dane, 6, tak­ing home the sub-ju­nior prize.

Brock Crowhurst won the over­all male heav­i­est cap­ture prize with a 10.02kg fish.

The weigh-in at Dampier’s Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sailing Club was an op­por­tu­nity for the NBSFC com­mit­tee to use its new re­moval gantry for the first time.

NBSFC pres­i­dent James Ded­man said com­peti­tors had done well in rough weather con­di­tions.

“We were a bit low on num­bers be­cause of the weather but we had a good turnout and ev­ery­one had a good time,” he said.

“We’ve got some pretty sea­soned an­glers who fished it and didn’t come up with very many fish, so the fish­ing was very slow.”

Ded­man said it was es­pe­cially good to see strong fam­ily and ju­nior in­volve­ment in what was first and fore­most a com­mu­nity event at the club.

“It’s an open com­pe­ti­tion for fam­i­lies . . . so it’s about try­ing to get the kids in­volved,” he said.

“You can fish any line class — you can catch a mack­erel with a han­d­line if you want to.

“It’s just about show­cas­ing the sort of fish­ing we have here.”

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Over­all heav­i­est cap­ture sub-ju­nior and ju­nior win­ners, Dane, 6, and Ryan Kemp, 10.

Over­all heav­i­est mack­erel win­ner Ja­cob Crowhurst with his 11.23kg catch.

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