Mar­lin a chal­lenge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

THE For­mula One of fish­ing is gear­ing up to be un­leashed off the wa­ters of Port Dou­glas and is ex­pected to in­ject thou­sands of dol­lars into the lo­cal econ­omy.

The week-long Port Dou­glas Mar­lin Chal­lenge kicks off on Novem­ber 2, bring­ing dozens of big-game fish­er­men and their fam­i­lies to the re­gion.

Or­gan­iser of the tag and re­lease tour­na­ment Terry Mur­phy said Port Dou­glas was one of the most pro­duc­tive mar­lin hunt­ing grounds in the world and in just its sec­ond year, the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion was es­tab­lish­ing a strong fol­low­ing.

“We are very pleased with how the numbers are shap­ing up with a 50 per­cent in­crease on those who have reg­is­tered over last year’s en­trants,” he said.

Mar­lin are one of the fastest swim­ming fish and can hits speeds of 130km/h and can take sev­eral hours to reel in, with the big­gest one ever caught in lo­cal wa­ters tip­ping the scales at a whop­ping 1100 pounds.

The hot spot for catch­ing these mag­nif­i­cent fish is about 40km off the coast of Port Dou­glas.

If you want to get a taste of the com­pe­ti­tion go to www. port­dou­glas­mar­lin­chal­lenge. com and check out the video.

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