Inaugural mar­lin chal­lenge hailed suc­cess by fish­er­men

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - RICHARD KOSER

THE inaugural Port Dou­glas Mar­lin Chal­lenge has been judged a run­away suc­cess, de­spite the fish­ing be­ing a lit­tle light.

“There are blokes who have been fish­ing in tour­na­ments for 20 years who said it was the best they’d ever been in,” tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Terry Mur­phy said.

“Ev­ery­one liked the laid-back, fun car­ni­val at­mos­phere. There was a real sense of ca­ma­raderie.

“It’s re­ally run up the flag for Port Dou­glas, that’s for sure.

“I can’t wait to see the stills and the video footage.”

Mr Mur­phy said the stun­ning weather over the first half of the comp had helped.

“The weather was crap all year, and then it was prac­ti­cally a glass-out for the first two days.

“We had a squall on the way home on the fi­nal day, but we were at the door by then so it didn’t bother us.”

Al­though the fish weren’t queu­ing up to jump into the boats, there were mo­ments of chaos.

“On Go­rilla we had a triple hook-up at one point,” Mr Mur­phy said.

Reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Port Dou­glas Spar­ta­cus was the most suc­cess­ful boat, af­ter tak­ing a punt and sneak­ing out wide for the last day’s fish­ing.

Fa­ther and son team Rolf and Ralph Cz­abayski tagged six black mar­lin, with Ralph crowned cham­pion an­gler at the end of the four-day tour­na­ment.

“We gave the golf day a skip and did some reef fish­ing,” Ralph said.

“On the last night we were rafted up with a cou­ple of other boats, and we got up at 3am to get a head start, headed out to the sea mount.

“We caught three there, and two more on the Lin­den Banks on our way back in.”

Be­tween them, the ten boats reg­is­tered in the comp tagged a dozen mar­lin.

Matt Dor­rian off Ca­lypso Mango, an­other part-time lo­cal, said the tour­na­ment had been great fun.

“There was plenty of good fish­ing,” he said with a grin.

Mr Dor­rian tagged the largest mar­lin of the tour­na­ment, a fish judged to be 1000lb al­though “it might have been 1100,” he said.

Meri­dien Ma­rina man­ager Ja­son Roles said the com­pe­ti­tion had been good for Port Dou­glas.

“It cre­ated a buzz around town,” he told the Gazette.

“To wit­ness it for my­self was pretty spec­tac­u­lar.”

Big fish: Spar­ta­cus deckie Chris Weeks wres­tles a mar­lin

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