Derek ‘Jig’ Albert has been one of driving forces behind the growth of the Broome Fishing Club (BFC).
He got his nickname because of his ability to catch fish, especially Northern Mulloway, on jigs long before the style of fishing became popular.
The son of local legend Brian ‘Fatty’ Albert, Jig is currently the Broome Fishing Club President. His dad was a big part of the Roebuck Bay Angling Club, which eventually evolved into the Broome Fishing Club. The club’s one-day premier event, held prior to the Broome Classic, is named after Fatty.
Jig was one of the of the first people to catch fish on jigs out of Broome when he was a youngster and is well known around town for pulling a swag of Northern Mulloway on these lures in one afternoon.
Jig’s a versatile fisher who loves bluewater action on Billfish and has his own 14m boat that he recently took to the Rowley Shoals.
He’s been involved with the BFC for around 30 years and always been an active member, having previously sat on the committee. Jig, whose dry sense of humour can have people guessing, is now in his third year as President of the club, which currently has record membership.
A former Recfishwest board member, he’s always been heavily committed to improving recreational fishing. He loves fishing in Roebuck Bay and is a big supporter of management changes in the bay, including the removal of commercial netting and he believes fishing in the Bay has never been better.
Jig has been a strong advocate for improved boating facilities in Broome and was involved with the Broome Boating Alliance.
He’s also been heavily involved in marine park planning discussions, working to ensure the interests of recreational fishers in the Kimberley are considered by decision makers and making sure the waters of the Kimberley remain world class and for all of his efforts to improve fishing, Jig is this month’s Recfishwest community champion.