Marlin a challenge
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.