Tight lines make classic a big success

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph
Stuart Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Jason Green.
Camera IconStuart Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Jason Green. Credit: North West Telegraph

Anglers raced each other and the clock as they wetted lines for the fifth annual Cockatoo Classic Fishing Competition in Hedland.

At this year’s event, anglers bagged some massive Spanish mackerel, colourful coral trout and even a few delicious threadfin salmon over the weekend.

Anglers weighed in on Sunday afternoon at the celebratory barbecue held at the Civic Centre Gardens.

This year’s raffle and fundraising proceeds went to Cassia Primary School. Biggest fish of the day, a 20.04kg Spanish mackerel, was reeled in by Matthew Gray; biggest barramundi by Jerrad Crawford with his 75cm catch; and Richard Colbeck collected the biggest crab at 190mm.

Rogue Banana’s Cam Parker, Alex Vecka, Kirk Papas and Kyle Hoes were crowned the best team and George Huckle was named best junior angler ahead of Tyson Pavey and Rasyad Kalzee.

A major draw prize of a six-day, five-night fishing charter trip to the Montebello Islands for two people was won by Mitchell Parker.

Biggest bream (land), Andrew Denham — 708g

Biggest bream, Jake Battle —2.74kg

Biggest threadfin salmon, Jerrard Crawford — 76cm

Biggest red emperor, Mohammed Miska Ruba — 5.52kg

Biggest coral trout, Timmy Haamu — 5.18kg

Blue lined emperor (closest to the secret weight), Clayton Black.

Blue lined emperor, Kirk Papas — 4.24kg

Biggest nanagi, Trent Ritchie — 4.27kg

Best individual effort, Kyle Hoes — 99kg

Biggest & Best Sports Fish – Mitchell Smith – Golden Trevally - 1090mm

Best river fish, James Cullen — grunter, 991g

Best reef fish, Gunaseelan Kannan — Rankin cod 11.57kg

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