Marlin Chal­lenge ahead

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

HARD­CORE fish­er­men from around the world are pack­ing their bags for next month’s third an­nual Port Dou­glas Marlin Chal­lenge.

The tag-and-re­lease tour­na­ment has at­tracted wealthy game fish­er­men from Asia and the US, with multi-mil­lion- dol­lar game boats com­ing from as far away as Port Stephens in New South Wales.

Co- or­gan­iser Lyn­ton Heffner said the tour­na­ment is grow­ing in stature and is quickly es­tab­lish­ing it­self as one of Aus­tralia’s premier blue­wa­ter events.

“There are a lot of ex­pats com­ing from the US and Asia to com­pete who are high- end clien­tele and bring­ing their fam­i­lies with them,” he said.

“The wa­ters off Port Dou­glas are some of the best marlin fish­ing grounds in the world and this tour­na­ment is cer­tainly help­ing put the re­gion on the map.”

The Marlin Chal­lenge kicks off on Novem­ber 8 and will be con­tested over four days.

A sail-past will leave the Port Dou­glas marina at 7.45am on Novem­ber 8 and the boats will line up in front of the Port Dou­glas Surf Club in for­ma­tion for spec­ta­tors to catch a glimpse of them in ac­tion be­fore head­ing off.

To reg­is­ter your ves­sel down­load and com­plete the Port Dou­glas Marlin Chal­lenge En­try Form and email to info@port­dou­glas­mar­lin­chal­lenge.com.

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