Salmon Slam 2021’s first phase winners enjoy spoils of fun-filled fishing!

Passionate fisher Nathan Woods has claimed a suite of awesome fishing prizes, after taking out the Salmon Slam’s first phase open category.

Having gone neck and neck with second-placed Tyson Groom for a couple of days, Nathan’s four longest salmon entered into the 2021 Salmon Slam, WA’s biggest land-based fishing competition, measured 3160mm to narrowly edge out Tyson’s 3130mm effort.

Nathan Woods with one of the many salmon he caught in the opening phase of Salmon Slam.

As a result, Nathan has won a Shimano Saragosa 5000 reel, a Shimano Coltsniper 10ft rod, a $250 Penn Tackle pack, a $50 Early Bird Bait voucher and a $100 voucher to Midland 4WD Centre.

Thanks to Shimano, Penn Tackle, Midland 4WD Centre and Early Bird Bait for donating these fantastic prizes!

Click here to see the fantastic fishing prizes still up for grabs in the Salmon Slam.

Congratulations, Nathan!

The fly-in, fly-out worker and Manypeaks resident said he made the most of his recent week off to go fishing for salmon most days near Cheynes Beach during the Awesome Autumn of Salmon.

“Most of the fish I caught and entered in the comp came from Mermaid Beach, near Cheynes,” Nathan said.

“I’ve just been walking the beach, casting lures along the edge of the reef, waiting for schools to come through — it has been great fun.”

Nathan can usually be found in his 4.6m centre-console chasing demersals in the Great Southern.

However, he said the region’s early season salmon action had been scintillating so he’d been keeping the sand between his toes and hooking into the iconic southern sportfish.

“This is one of my favourite times of year — especially when the salmon are about like they currently are,” Nathan said.

“I’ve probably caught 60 or 70 salmon so far this season — it’s been awesome.”

Lachlan’s first salmon a fish to remember

Four-year-old Lachlan Woods’ won’t forget his first salmon any time soon, especially because he’s just won the ‘Best Photo’ category for the first phase of this year’s Salmon Slam.

Young gun Lachlan Woods with his first salmon. Picture: Julia Fenny

Fishing at Fosters Beach, near Bremer Bay, Lachlan’s sheer determination helped the next-generation fisher reel the salmon in without too much help from his father Josh Woods.

“It was a great day’s fishing — we caught about 10 salmon all up,” proud mother Julia Fenny, who took the winning photo, said.

“Lachlan didn’t need too much help to land the salmon at all, he was pretty good at getting it in quickly.”

Well done, Lachlan! A Western 4WDriver magazine pack and a Richter Lures lure pack will be sent your way!

Tyson Groom claimed the random adult category, following his close second to Nathan in the open section, winning a Halco Tackle pack, a $100 Anglers’ Fishing World voucher and a $50 Early Bird Bait voucher.

The opening phase’s junior random category was taken out by Clancy Banfield, who wins a $150 Whitey’s Tackle and Camping tackle pack and a $100 Dunsborough Outdoor Sports voucher.

Are you a salmon chaser?

Salmon Slam 2021 is now in its second phase, which will end on 25 March, with prize winners to be announced on 26 March.

From rods to reels and lure packs, there are many great prizes on offer, headlined by the comp’s Seajay 3.5m dinghy and outboard package top-prize, valued at more than $9,000.

What’re you waiting for? Download the Salmon Slam app from the Apple Store or Google Play store, upload a pic with your catch and the #SS2021 code written in the sand or on the brag mat and get stuck into the salmon action for your chance to win!

One of Nathan Woods’ brag mat entries, with the #SS2021 code.