Phase two of the 2022 Salmon Slam saw some great catches of 80cm-plus salmon with many being caught on the south-west coast and with reports now popping up of salmon being caught as far north as Mandurah!
The final phase is in full swing due to end on 30 May, with heaps of prizes still up for grabs with mouth-watering prospect of the overall winner prize of a salmon fishing pack valued at more than $3,000, including a Stella SWC 5000XG and a Coltsniper BB S 9ft6″ rod, generously provided by our Salmon Slam partners Shimano.
There’s also a ‘yak, a drone and a bunch of other cool prizes all on the table, so if you haven’t downloaded the Salmon Slam app from the Apple Store or Google Play store, do it now and get out there before the Slam competition ends!
Phase two winners
This month, the South West’s Callan Kezich dominated the leaderboard with his four combined salmon measuring a length of 3.41m of fish – all 80cm-plus fish! For his efforts, he took out the Overall Phase Two Winner title, landing himself a Shimano prize combo valued at more than $650, including a Stradic FL 5000 XG and a Maikuro ll 9ft spinning rod. Great work, Callan!
Callan heard about the competition last year from one of his mates and thought he’d try give it a crack this year.
“We mostly chased salmon by four-wheel driving along the beach and spotting schools, if we couldn’t see them, we’d park up, find a good gutter and drop some baits. The four longest were caught on a mixture of lures and baits,” he said.
This, of course, is one of salmon fishing’s great appeals – you can catch them on a wide variety of methods. If you’re looking to find out more about rigs or what lure to use, check out our ilovefishing article here and also former Recfishwest comms officer Zach Relph’s tackle guide article here.
The kids are alright
Some anglers maybe prone to a little exaggeration might claim their latest catch was “as big as me.” for these young guns though that’s not far from the truth!
Charlie Emanuele and his brother Julian took out the random junior prize category and are going to have to figure out how to share their prize – shouldn’t be too hard though given it includes awesome goodies such as a $200 Compleat Angler Nedlands voucher and a $100 Tackle pack.
For the past two years his family have made an annual salmon pilgrimage to Albany and always try to go salmon fishing during the holidays.
“They were both hooked after last year when Charlie caught first one,” said proud dad Robert. “They were very determined when it was a little slow-going and when it was time to go home, they told me ‘Good fishermen never gives up!’” Apparently both lads enjoy the hard fight and were nearly pulled into the water with these two big dogs!
Like father like son love salmon
Shannon Conduit took out the best photo category for phase two with this awesome image of him and his son landing an awesome salmon. The framing, the awesome quality, and the story it tells by itself goes to show how important salmon is to the West Australian community.
“Fishing for Salmon is something I live for, it’s my favourite style of fishing… I love watching 5 – 10 salmon torpedo straight for a lure” Shannon explained, so he was nothing less than ecstatic when his son managed to catch his first one. Shannon loves the south-west scenery and chasing salmon around Yeagerup all the way to Eagle Bay. The enjoyment of the outdoors and the fishing experience is something he wanted to share with his son as he mentioned:
Amazing work, congratulations on winning a $100 Halco tackle pack!
Sam Attwater took out the Random Adult category and wins a $200 Anglers Fishing World voucher and a $100 Compleat Angler Nedlands voucher. Congratulations, Sam!
A big thanks to our Salmon Slam partners Shimano and Western Angler and sponsors. Your support helps make the Salmon Slam one of the biggest fishing comps in the country.