Salmon Slam 2021 a success as fishers celebrate the iconic southern sportfish
“I can’t believe that I’m a boat owner now, I really can’t – just by catching a salmon – it is great news.”
That was Beau Gee’s response after winning the 2021 Salmon Slam’s $9,000 dinghy, trailer and outboard package top-prize for simply catching a salmon and entering it into the app-based competition.
The three-month Slam came to an end at midnight on 31 May, with 1,659 fishers taking part and chasing salmon along South West and south coast beaches during the autumn salmon migration.
Father-of-three Beau was the random draw-winner to scoop the 3.5m Seejay aluminium dinghy, powered by a six horse-power, four-stroke Honda outboard and trailer, supplied by Rusty’s Marine in Albany.
Although the La Niña weather event has led to warmer water temperatures limiting the run of the highly popular species, there were still a few salmon caught from the Mandurah and Perth coast.
Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland said WA was home to the biggest Australian salmon in the country and the fishing experience the species provided each autumn was worth celebrating through the Awesome Autumn of Salmon and should be protected.
“Being able to catch a hard-fighting 4kg to 5kg salmon, while keeping the sand between your toes along some of the world’s best beaches right here in our State’s south is something West Aussies must be able to experience forever,” Dr Rowland said.
“Even though it has been an average salmon run, having more than 1,600 people of all backgrounds and ages – many of them families – compete in the Salmon Slam shows just how popular and important salmon is.
“Recfishing for salmon contributes $331 million to the State’s economy each year, much of which is spent in regional towns.
“But, the salmon run is more than that – the time spent fishing with family and friends is priceless.”
Want to see what fishers won each of the Slam’s seven phases? Catch up with the competition action below:
- Phase One: Nathan Woods more than happy with opening victory
- Phase Two: Woodsy and Stoney go salmon-for-salmon
- Phase Three: It’s a double wham as Stoney snares back-to-back wins
- Phase Four: Dion’s delighted after making the most of a down south adventure
- Phase Five: Josh Woods chimes in on the Salmon Slam success
- Phase Six: Just 5mm between victory and second-place
- Phase Seven and overall: Gee-whiz, Beau has bagged himself a beaut boat