Salmon Slam 2021

The biggest, best salmon comp ever!

Salmon Slam Smartphone App

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.

Salmon Slam winner Beau Gee hooked-up along a south coast beach.

Held in partnership between Recfishwest and Western Angler magazine, the Salmon Slam – part of the Awesome Autumn of Salmon – celebrates salmon as a fantastic, safe and accessible sportfish.

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.

Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland with a salmon from earlier in the 2021 season.

“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:

Almost 1,700 salmon chasers competed in the three-month 2021 Salmon Slam. Picture: Recfishwest

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Salmon Slam 2021 Prizes

The competition is divided into seven phases. Each phase has its own prize pool, as well as an overall prize pool at the end of the competition.

Competition Categories

  • Open Category (within each fishing phase)

    Four longest salmon.

  • Open Category (over entire fishing phase)

    Four longest salmon.

  • Adult Random

    Random draw from every eligible entry.

  • Junior Random (under 16 years)

    Random draw from every eligible entry.

  • Best Photo

    Awarded to the best photo during each phase.

  • Tagged Fish

    Awarded for capture of any fish specifically tagged for the competition. Tagged fish awards will only be awarded at the end of the competition. In the event that more than one tagged fish is captured, the prize pool will be split equally between all eligible captures.

Competition Rules

  • The competition will run exclusively through the ‘Salmon Slam’ smartphone app, available through the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store;
  • The competition runs from 1 March to 31 May 2021;
  • Entry is free of charge;
  • Competitors can register at any time during the competition; however, competitors must be registered before starting fishing;
  • All fish entered into the competition must be caught in Western Australia;
  • Competition entries must be in the format of a photo of your salmon on a suitable measuring device (see instructions below for further details);
  • A ‘tournament code’ will be distributed on 1 March, and must be visible in all ‘brag mat’ photos;
  • Entries for the ‘best photo’ category must be in the form of a ‘happy snap’ with the angler holding the fish;
  • Photos must be taken at the time and place of capture and fish must be alive in both photos. Any photos containing fish with cut throats or excessive blood will not be eligible. We encourage anglers wishing to keep fish to bleed fish appropriately AFTER the photo is taken;
  • A grand total cash prize of $5,000 will be available for any recapture of tagged salmon;
  • To register a tagged fish take a photo of your capture with a tournament code as outlined in the above rules with the tag clearly showing;
  • If multiple tagged salmon are caught during the competition, the cash prize will be split evenly between the fishers who caught them;
  • In the case of no tagged salmon being caught during the competition, there will be five $1,000 prizes distributed as a part of a random prize draw (for those participants who have submitted fish)
  • The competition is divided into seven phases. Each phase has its own prize pool, as well as an overall prize pool at the end of the competition.

Competition Phases

Competition phases are:

  • Phase 1: March 1 – 11 (Finished)
  • Phase 2: March 12 – 25 (Finished)
  • Phase 3: March 28 – April 8 (Finished)
  • Phase 4: April 9 – April 22 (Finished)
  • Phase 5: April 23 – May 6 (Finished)
  • Phase 6: May 7 – May  20 (Finished)
  • Phase 7: May 21 – May 31 (Finished)

Salmon Slam Smartphone App

How to log a capture using the app

  1. Ensure you are registered before starting to fish.

  2. Select ‘Salmon Slam 2021’ from the list of events and press enter, you are now set up to log your catches.

  3. Once you have landed your fish, place it on either a Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Fisheries) ruler or a similar device capable of showing the length of your fish (brag mats and plastic rulers are acceptable). Brag mats must be flat and straight with at least one edge showing. If both edges are hidden under the fish, we may not accept your entry. Try and avoid placing the fish on a hot surface or where sand can damage its eyes. Laying the fish on a wet rag, using wet hands is best practice.

  4. Ensure that the nose of the fish is aligned with the ‘0’ mark on your measuring device.

  5. Ensure the tournament code is visible in the ‘brag mat’ photo. You may like to write it on a piece of paper, or perhaps write it in the sand, were happy for you to be creative!

  6. Take the photo using the Salmon Slam App in a manner by which the length of the fish can be identified by officials. Taking the photo directly above the fish is best.

  7. Use the Salmon Slam App to log the capture.

  8. All prizes will be awarded at Recfishwest’s discretion – as the judges of the competition, our decisions will be final.

  9. Recfishwest reserves the right to disqualify anyone from the competition whose behaviour is judged to bring the Salmon Slam competition, Recfishwest or the WA fishing community into disrepute.


Salmon Slam Sponsors

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Western 4W Driver

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Whitey's Tackle and Camping

Anglers Fishing World

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Early Bird Bait

Tackle World

Halco

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Rusty's Marine

Shimano

Gold

Fab Fishing and Tours

Southern Sports and Tackle

Silver

Augusta X-Treme

Augusta X-treme Outdoor Sports

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Down South - Camping, Fishing, Outdoors

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Salmon Fishing Resources and Information

ilovefishing

Our ilovefishing website full of great tips and advice about all the gear, locations, techniques and fishing know-how you’ll need to catch a West Aussie salmon.

Fisheries Scientific Information

Fisheries scientific info about the biology and distribution of salmon.

Download the Recfishwest App

For the recfishing rules for salmon, download our fishing app.

Salmon Tracker

Want to know where the salmon schools are? Head to Salmon Tracker to see!

Scott's Species: Salmon

Western Angler's own Scott Coglan gives you the latest insights on how to catch salmon!