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VideoKing Bay Game Fishing Club's annual King Brey Open was held off the Dampier coast on May 6. The kids loved the fish that were brought in.

A change of date to avoid adverse weather bore fruit at the King Bay Open, with about 100 anglers taking to the waters off Dampier last weekend for the bottom bashing competition.

Harley Alexander, 8, and Adam Whitbread show off their catches.
Camera IconHarley Alexander, 8, and Adam Whitbread show off their catches. Credit: Pictures: Tom Zaunmayr., Tom Zaunmayr.

The Jake Swaffer-skippered Reef Raider, crewed by Jon Jarvis, Kohl Augustine and Ryan Simmons, won champion boat. The heaviest red emperor weighed in at 7.28kg and the top coral trout at 5.66kg.

Swaffer said his team was stoked with the win.

Skye, 11, and Sam Arnold hooked onto some big bluebone.
Camera IconSkye, 11, and Sam Arnold hooked onto some big bluebone. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

“I was up at 3am this morning setting a course and checking the weather,” he said.

“We chose to fish wide first for demersal species, go for some pelagics on the way in, then try for some bluebone on the tide change.

The Aquaholics - Dave Howell, Mark Ellison, Kane Kipping and Peter Morgan - had a good mixed bag on board.
Camera IconThe Aquaholics - Dave Howell, Mark Ellison, Kane Kipping and Peter Morgan - had a good mixed bag on board. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

“The plan came together, which was really great.”

Swaffer saved special mention for the crew, which helped out a boat that had broken down, describing it as great example of camaraderie.

Family team Amy Strange, John Hardingham, Madilyn, 12, and Jason Strange.
Camera IconFamily team Amy Strange, John Hardingham, Madilyn, 12, and Jason Strange. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

King Bay Game Fishing Club president Ian Lannary said pushing the competition back to Sunday proved a popular decision.

“We actually gained another five or six entries and I could not be happier,” he said.

Joel Smith with his whopping 15.36kg mackerel.
Camera IconJoel Smith with his whopping 15.36kg mackerel. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

“To see some of the juniors bring some great fish to the scales, that is why we do what we do.

“It’s what the Pilbara is about — fishing is such a big pastime here.”

King Bay Game Fishing Club president Ian Lannary with Munro Lannary, 8, and Ross Beaton.
Camera IconKing Bay Game Fishing Club president Ian Lannary with Munro Lannary, 8, and Ross Beaton. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Preparations for the clubs major competition, the Dampier Classic, are now underway.

Champion boat: Reef Raider

Jesse Duckett, 4, Kestin Baker, 4, Keegan Baker, 3, and Riley Duckett, 2 at the weigh-in.
Camera IconJesse Duckett, 4, Kestin Baker, 4, Keegan Baker, 3, and Riley Duckett, 2 at the weigh-in. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Red emperor: Jake Swaffer 7.28kg

Coral trout: Jon Jarvis 5.66kg

The Reef Raider crew of Jake Swaffer, Kohl Augistine, Jon Jarvis and Ryan Simmons (not in picture) won the team title at the 2018 King Brey Open.
Camera IconThe Reef Raider crew of Jake Swaffer, Kohl Augistine, Jon Jarvis and Ryan Simmons (not in picture) won the team title at the 2018 King Brey Open. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Rankin cod: Ross Beeton 7.24kg

Emperor: Ross Beeton 4.6kg

Will Lindsay, 8, was the last on the scales.
Camera IconWill Lindsay, 8, was the last on the scales. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Mackerel: Joel Smith 15.36kg

Sea Perch: Adrian Powell 5.26kg

Ropey and Ben Thompson, 12, with Elliott Fowler.
Camera IconRopey and Ben Thompson, 12, with Elliott Fowler. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Bluebone: Ryan Johnston 5.68kg

Squid: Unleashed Inkers 0.76kg

Dean Darlington.
Camera IconDean Darlington. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.
John Gaunt.
Camera IconJohn Gaunt. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

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