Salmon Slam 2022 first phase wraps up with prizes galore for winners!

After some intense fishing competition, the winners of the opening round of the 2022 Salmon Slam are set to collect some awesome fishing prizes, after the first phase came to an end yesterday.

Salmon Slam 2022 is now in its second phase, which will end on 30 April, with prize winners to be announced on 1 May.

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 #SS2022 code written in the sand or on the brag mat and get stuck into the salmon action for your chance to win!

Phase one winners 

Geoff Watts scooped the overall phase one winner title for which he will receive a Shimano monthly prize pack valued at more than $650, including a Stradic FL 5000 XG and Maikuro ll 9ft spinning rod, with his four longest salmon posting a total of 3,230mm! That’s well over 3m of rod-bending, arm-aching West Aussie salmon! Well played, Geoff!

Geoff Watts with a 860mm 6+kg salmon off Cheynes beach.

South West resident, Geoff managed to book time off work with one goal in mind… win the Salmon Slam comp this year! Last year, Geoff was an active competitor reaching ninth place for the best four overall.

“This year I set myself up to do really well and plan to win the final prize,” Geoff said.

Geoff’s love of fishing has been fueled working on multiple fishing boats around Albany and he was part of the last tuna fleet, poling fish from the side of the boat. He’s battled plenty of big fish on the south coast and the mighty West Aussie salmon will always have a place in his heart.

“It’s definitely a challenge, I’ve been a fisherman for a long time, I think they’re pound-for-pound up there as a sportfish. I enjoy meeting new people while chasing salmon, you get to meet people, it’s a good community. Seeing everybody chase the fish along the beach… it’s just a great spectacle,” said Geoff.

When he’s out there chasing salmon from iconic beaches around Cheynes, Bremer Bay and the South west such as Boranup, he often enjoys the gaps between catching the salmon and finding the school with his four-wheel drive on the beach.

Geoff understands how important salmon fishing is to local families as his most recent grandson is about to turn one!

“Once he’s grown up I’d love to take him salmon fishing with his pop!” said Geoff.

A big shout out to our Salmon Slam partners Shimano for providing this epic prize pack and all our sponsors for getting behind this year’s Slam.

He’d never won anything, but he has now!

Salmon School Tracker 2022 Facebook page admin and salmon fishing enthusiast Mark Natale is the lucky winner of this phase’s adult’s random prize pack featuring a $200 Anglers Fishing World voucher and $100 Compleat Angler Nedlands voucher.

Mark Natale running his light gear set up and using a Dr Hook School Bully lure as his weapon of choice while targeting salmon in a super-shallow area

Mark Natale has been fishing the South-west for salmon for almost 15 years! “I love the surrounds and nature of the South-west, the beaches are iconic and catching salmon in a place like this is awesome,” Mark said.

With his wealth of knowledge around chasing salmon, he spends some of his time acting as one the admins for the Salmon School Tracker Facebook page.

“I’ve been admin for the page for a while now and it’s been great helping people who need advice on where the salmon are biting, what outfit to run and which lures to use. It’s super-fulfilling helping people catch these iconic fish.”

A picture’s worth a thousand words and a $100 Halco tackle pack! 

James Charteris went on to claim the best photo prize category landing himself a $100 Halco tackle pack!

Sand between the toes, staying sun smart, picturesque beaches and salmon to go with it. Great work, James!

James Charteris, relatively new to the fishing scene, got into fishing last year when his mate asked him to come on a overnighter mission.

“I went fishing with him a couple times last season and absolutely loved it so got my some gear for this season and learnt enough from him on our first trip this year to able to go by myself and start teaching my partner and housemate.”

Like most fishers and especially salmon fishers, James’ main enjoyment comes from the chase, setting up camp, hitting the outdoors and enjoying what life has to offer on our coastlines.

“I think the reason I love salmon fishing so much is that I love camping, I love four-wheel driving and I have come to love hanging out on the beach waiting for a bite and then the awesome fight to bring the salmon in.”

The opening phase’s junior random category was taken out Hudson Hussie, who wins a $200 Compleat Angler Nedlands voucher and a $100 Halco Tackle pack!

Nice going, Hudson!

Rods and reels ready as the 2021 Salmon Slam competition gets underway

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.

Need the Salmon Slam 2021 code? It’s #SS2021!

For David ‘Fez’ Fairhead, nothing beats chasing salmon at WA’s amazing southern beaches.

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?

Get involved and download the Salmon Slam 2021 app via Apple and Google Play stores!

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.”

WATCH: Join Recfishwest on the run this Awesome Autumn of Salmon

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.

Want to be an Official Salmon Chaser? Buy the exclusive fishing shirt here!

Recfishwest’s Mike Minutillo, wearing the Official Salmon Chaser shirt, with a south coast salmon school last weekend.

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.

Stay up-to-date with the Salmon Slam’s weekly winners and prize recipients via our website, or on our Facebook and Instagram pages.