Eager juniors tag an impressive 14 billfish
The Australian Junior Billfish Tournament was held on Friday and Saturday as nine teams with 22 anglers headed out to target sailfish and marlin.
The crews started early with Will Cunningham aboard On Strike tagging the first marlin at 8.45am on the first day. There were six marlin tagged on day one and many cheeky grins from excited youngsters as they talked with mates at the clubhouse that night.
Day two had a calm start and Trent Gregory tagged the first sailfish at 8.10am, and followed this by also tagging the first marlin, at 9.45am aboard Ningaloo.
There were eight billfish tagged on day two.
The tagged fish included 10 black marlin and four sailfish, with some fish estimated over 100kg.
Coen Bryce, Jake Fitzgerald and Tait Missen all tagged their first billfish.
Interestingly, there were two children with broken arms that fished and one with a broken collar bone. Despite the injuries, the keen anglers got out on the water in some testing seas and tagged some great fish.
There were fantastic prizes for each section, including days out on charter boats, Penn rods and reels, lures, caps, travel bags, signed books from Dr Julian Pepperell and Paul Worsteling and, of course, some great trophies to take home.
Every child received a shirt valued at $60 and entry was only $25, thanks to sponsors Home Hardware Exmouth, Woodside, Turbine Services Australia, Penn reels, Clipsal, Peak Sportfishing Adventures, On Strike Charters and Ningaloo Sportfishing Charters.
There were boats available for juniors to fish aboard, so if you missed out this year make sure you ask about the 2017 event, which is tentatively scheduled for the first weekend of the school holidays in September.
Meanwhile, the forecast for this coming week looks great, so make sure you get out and among the fish. We’ve had a windy time for some weeks now, so a calm session will be welcomed by all.
Trent Gregory, 10, and Jake Fitzgerald, 14.