Keen metro squid fishers

Keen metro squid fishers have the chance to test their skills in the Calamari Classic next weekend.

The Calamari Classic name is a well-known one in Perth fishing due to the annual competition held until a few years ago and is this year being run by the Fremantle Sailing Club.

It will be held next Sunday, March 18, and is open to both club members and the public, with organiser and FSC member David Kazim determined to make it the flagship annual squid fishing event in WA.

The club has run its own squidding events the past two years, but David expects the Calamari Classic to take the event to new level and attract more than 400 anglers, with people able to compete from shore, boat or kayak in three sections.

“First, the community wanted to join in and we wanted to welcome them of course,” David said of the growth of the event.

“Second, we made provisions for people to fish from the land or in kayaks or canoes, because that’s what some people told us they wanted to do.

“And third, we moved the competition from July to a time which predominately has better weather, and we moved it to a Saturday, so people can celebrate the day a little better, stay at the club for a drink and a barbecue and enjoy our great facilities.”

The event is being billed as a family fun day, with provisions for kids to not only compete in the classic but also enjoy a bouncy castle, among other activities in a kid’s zone alongside the al fresco deck.

It has its own website, www.calamariclassic.com.au, and major sponsorship from Anglers Fishing World, along with support from Recfishwest.

We at Western Angler have jumped on board as the media partner for the Classic, and will be holding an online squid photo competition on our website, www.westernangler.com.au, which the public can vote for.

There are plenty of great prizes to be won on the day and the cost to enter is $25, which includes a barbeque following the day on the water, where live music will be played.

Anyone interested in competing can also brush up on their fishing techniques at the club today, with a squid fishing workshop from 2-4pm.

The team from Anglers Fishing World will share their knowledge, discussing fishing locations, lure colours, lines, rods, reels, time of day, water and weather conditions.

Murdoch University’s Dr Peter Coulson, who has completed a three-year research project into squid, will provide an understanding of the secrets of cephalopods.

Paul Godfrey, senior technical adviser with Edith Cowan University photographic department, will even offer tips and tricks on how to get the wow factor into pictures, even using mobile phones.

Look out for the Western Angler team in the impressive Westerberg Bandit project boat on competition day.

Online registration for the Calamari Classic is available at www.calamariclassic.com.au . Column12032017. There will be a prize for the best photo at the Calamari Classic on March 18. Andrew Jarvis is the angler.