2006 Dampier Billfish Classic

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Dated: 1st August 2006
Location: Australia/Western Australia /Pilbara Region/Karratha-Dampier
From our Karratha-Dampier Fishing Correspondent Luke Groen
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This years 2006 Dampier Billfish Shoot out was the biggest ever! There were 61 boats and 201 anglers trying their luck at catching a few billfish and winning some prizes over the 3 days of fishing.

The weather was reasonable for the bigger boats but the littler ones definitely weren’t handling the seas as well.

The fish were a little scarce compared to previous years but there were still quite a few around.

A lot of people were getting the fish up but could not stay connected long enough for as tag to be put in.

I would like to thank all the sponsors and everyone who competed in the event.

  • Total tags: 99 (97 Sailfish and 2 Marlin) 201 anglers and 61 boats
  • 1st tagged Marlin: Peter Fry on Guliviner
  • 1st tagged Sailfish: Derrick Albet on Mako
  • 1st tagged Billfish female: Kate Mc Loud on Party of Five.
  • Champion Junior Tag and Release: Kate Mc Loud with 3 tags.
  • Champion Angler Tag and Release: Paul Beznar
  • Champion Boat: Wet One with 9 Sailfish tags.
  • The major prize-winner of the Stacer-Mercury tinny: Gavin O’Brien.

    Also if you have any photos from the comp dont hesitate to send them in! Cheers ...Luke Groen