And, they’re off! With today marking the start of autumn and the official start of this year’s anticipated Salmon Slam, anglers in the south of the State are preparing their rods, reels and lures for the annual salmon run.
In what could potentially be Australia’s biggest land-based fishing comp, thousands of salmon chasers are set to compete in the 2021 Salmon Slam and fish for the iconic southern sportfish.
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With a top-prize of a dinghy, outboard motor and trailer worth $9,000 up for grabs, alongside many terrific weekly prizes, if you’re targeting salmon this autumn, why wouldn’t you enter the free, three-month salmon fishing comp?
Although the salmon run is yet to hit full swing, excitement has been steadily building among fishers ahead of the salmon migration.
Schools are beginning to build on the south coast, with Recfishwest State-wide Fishing Report writer and salmon fishing enthusiast Joachim Azzopardi reporting last Friday:
“Salmon have been passing at many of Esperance’s beaches with schools appearing at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Roses, Alexander Bay, Thomas River and Poison Creek.
“Salmon have also been caught near Albany at Nanarup, Bluff Creek and Cheynes Beach.”
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Salmon Slam 2021 is part of the RFIF-funded Awesome Autumn of Salmon and is divided into seven phases and each phase has its own prize pool, in addition to an overall prize pool at the end of the competition.
The first phase, which runs from 1 March to 12 March, has many great prizes available including a $250 PENN Fishing tackle pack, sponsored by PENN, and a $50 Early Bird Bait voucher donated by Early Bird Bait in the open category.
Shimano have also donated a Shimano Saragosa 5000 reel and a Shimano Coltsniper 10ft rod!
In the adult category, anglers are vying for a $150 Halco Tackle pack sponsored by the Halco Tackle crew and another $50 Early Bird Bait voucher donated by Early Bird Bait.
For the youngsters under 16 years of age, a $150 tackle pack donated by Ben White and the team at Whitey’s Tackle and Camping in Treendale, near Australind, alongside a $100 voucher to Dunsborough Outdoor Sports Voucher donated by the fantastic South West store.
Western 4W Driver have donated the ultimate Western 4WD pack, valued at $160 and a $150 Richter Lures pack, sponsored by Richter Lures, can be claimed in the best photo section.
Casting for Salmon Slam success
Get out there and give it a go, simply take a picture of your catch and log it through the Salmon Slam app to be in the running for these great fishing prizes.