Gallery: King Brey Open fish pics
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.
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.
“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 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.
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.
“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.”
Preparations for the clubs major competition, the Dampier Classic, are now underway.
Champion boat: Reef Raider
Red emperor: Jake Swaffer 7.28kg
Coral trout: Jon Jarvis 5.66kg
Rankin cod: Ross Beeton 7.24kg
Emperor: Ross Beeton 4.6kg
Mackerel: Joel Smith 15.36kg
Sea Perch: Adrian Powell 5.26kg
Bluebone: Ryan Johnston 5.68kg
Squid: Unleashed Inkers 0.76kg
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