THE Salmon Spectacular proved a popular event over the Easter long- weekend, with 120 fishers casting their lines in the competition.
The inaugural competition saw families take to Great Southern beaches with rods and lures in tow as they competed for thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes.
Challenging swell and less than favourable weather conditions didn’t stop fishers taking to the beach or casting a line from their boats as they made the most of the weekend.
Salmon Holes, Sandpatch and Low-lands beach were among those inundated with fishers from across the region and the state.
The competition’s main prize for the longest two combined salmon was taken out by Team Taylor, comprised of Albany local Tamara Boyle, her son Jindy, mother Lesley and Brother Russell Tyalor.
The team took out the win with an 85cm and 81cm salmon, earning them generous prizes for their efforts. As the competition was open across any Great Southern beach, Tamara said the team wasn’t afraid to venture out further in search of the prize salmon.
“All of the local haunts near Albany had a lot of people fishing, so we drove out to Cheynes and fished the main beach,” she said.
“It was slow going to begin with, but we eventually got a few and started to think we might be in with a chance once Jindy caught the salmon which was 85cm.
“It was as major thrill and surprise to win the overall prize and for Jindy to take out the single biggest fish award.”
The 9-year-old’s impressive 85cm salmon was the biggest individual salmon caught during the Salmon Spectacular competition.
Meanwhile, 11-year-old Hamish Rus took out the ‘Best Photo’ category, as he proudly held a salmon in his arms after reeling it in from his dad’s boat off Albany.