Awards presentation a Classic finale

Peter de KruijffPilbara News

The King Bay Game Fishing Club’s Bullivants Dampier Fishing Classic wrapped up last Tuesday at Ibis Styles with an award-filled evening celebrating the Classic and all the teams who competed.

There was plenty of good food, with a mixed seafood and roasted meats buffet keeping the crowd well fed.

The top awards on the night went to the boat Top Shelf who won the Champion Boat Tag and Release Game Fish section with 41 tags.

The Wench won the Champion Tag and Release Billfish category on a countback from Premium Edition who narrowly missed out on the top honours in a narrowly contested affair.

However, the top honours went to the Champion Boat Capture winners The Raddler who caught 16 species.

The night kicked off with a little prize of a lure for all the young competitors in the Classic.

The junior and small fry award sections were dominated by Jackson Tatham and Jack Clark who took home many of the honours.

Junior competitor Ethan Moyle, who was in contention for many of the awards, received his redemption in the daily heaviest mackerel section, picking up the honours for days one and two, with Jackson Tatham and Justin Leach picking up the next two days respectively.

Some encouragement awards were then given out before the adult section of the night began.

Allise Faulkner took home the Female Champion Individual Tag and Release Billfish, with Adrian Gribben getting the male section of the same prize.

The Female Champion Capture Individual was Joanne Tatham, whose top catch of the weekend was a 7.4kg golden trevally on a 1kg line, a potentially record-breaking fish.

Leach also took out the Male Champion Capture Individual.

Some of the best fish caught over the competition included a 6.5kg mackerel on 1kg caught by Tom Radley as well as a 14.34kg cobia caught by Leach.

KBGFC weigh-master for the event, Len Vertigan, said it was a great night and a great competition. “Everything went really well…with the changes that were brought in they were all well accepted and everyone appeared to be extremely happy, most of the feedback we got back said it was one of the best comps they’d fished in years,” he said.

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