2005 Pilbara Classic Port Hedland

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Dated: 25th June 2005
Location: Australia/Western Australia /Pilbara Region/Port Hedland
From our Port Hedland Fishing Correspondent Shane Baker
2005 Pilbara Classic Port Hedland2005 Pilbara Classic Port Hedland
Hedlands fishing fraternity turned up the heat last weekend with the annual Port Hedland game fishing clubs, Pilbara classic fishing competition. The comp was held over three days and there were three divisions including game, blue water, and land based fishing. Day one (Friday) provided near perfect conditions for the boaties but Saturday and Sunday saw the participants braving 15-25 knot wind and seas that would otherwise deter most people from wetting a hull. The actual results from the three days are a little sketchy at this stage as they have not yet been tabulated. The winners of each category will be presented with their well earned prizes this weekend at the official presentation night. For details or a ticket contact the fishing club. Keep an eye on next weekís paper for the official results. From what I have seen a huge variety of fish were caught and this year saw them bigger than ever. Red emperor, coral trout, mackerel, cobia, huge trevally, mulloway, cod, tuna, flathead, black bream, and even mud crabs were weighed in. One of the biggest surprises was a barramundi caught by Yewie Tan in the land based division. Itís good to see more and more barra showing up around town after a quiet spell over the past few years. If you were lucky enough to be a spectator you may have landed yourself a feed without having wet a line as plenty of fish were given away after they were weighed in. If you wanted to get in on the action and didnít donít worry because now you have a year to get yourself ready for the next comp. The organizers tell me they may have a few changes up their sleeves to make next years event even better so keep your eyes open for details as the time draws near. Again check out next weeks paper for a more detailed report of the action and the official results. ...Shane Baker