Bluefin ac­tion ramps up

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - Sport - with Justin Causby

THE Bluefin tuna have ar­rived in good num­bers off the Tas­man Penin­sula with some good catches over the past two week­ends.

School fish up to 30kg are plen­ti­ful and a 100kg-plus jumbo was landed last week.

In among them are plenty of Stripeys with a few good eat­ing Al­ba­core scat­tered around. The Mar­lin ac­tion has come to a halt with very lit­tle ac­tion re­ported af­ter the surge of sight­ings and cap­tures in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary. Should the Bluefin ac­tion con­tinue to ramp up it will make for a rather suc­cess­ful game fish­ing sea­son for 2012.

Re­sults from the re­cent 20th an­nual Eddie Wigston Me­mo­rial Trout Fish­ing Con­test were sent out to team lead­ers fol­low­ing the event.

It was an­other great event and fan­tas­tic to see it reach its 20th year.

A to­tal of 108 an­glers took part mak­ing up 49 teams with 268 trout pre­sented in at the Sun­day weigh-in.

The av­er­age weight was down this year – from 470g to 330g – af­ter sev­eral teams fished Lake King Wil­liam re­turn­ing big bags of smaller fish.

Some very small fish were landed at Lake Echo also but it too re­turned the big­ger cap­tures for the week­end.

The win­ning team this year was once again Team Shamwari, con­sist­ing of Tony Robert­son, Kevin Vaux and Kelvin Se­abourne; tak­ing out the event for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

Their bag weight of 57 fish was 17.520kg edg­ing out Team Devil Worship; Justin Causby and Tim Lowe, with 50 fish at 16.680kg.

Round­ing out the top three was Team No­vak ‘n’ Good; Matt Hea­wood, Jack Hea­wood and Paul Ratcliffe with 11.315kg.

The Tas­ma­nian round of the ABT Bream Se­ries was run and won on the week­end on the Der­went River.

The com­pe­ti­tion was based out of Lind­is­farne where some of Australia’s best tour­na­ment an­glers gather to chase the coun­try’s big­gest bream.

This year lo­cal an­glers out­num­bered the in­ter­state an­glers in the boater field with 17 of the 21 en­trants from Tas­ma­nia, which was great to see.

The non-boater field in­cluded 75 per cent in­ter­staters and the re­main­der lo­cals.

In the ABT events boaters are ran­domly paired with a dif­fer­ent non-boater on each day of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Each an­gler tries to land five le­gal-sized bream which are kept alive in a live well on the boat. An­glers must keep their fish sep­a­rate.

The catch from both days is tal­lied to­gether and the heav­i­est bag weight takes out the event. The year’s boater win­ner was Mark Man­gold of NSW who landed his 10/10 limit at 11.560kg.

He also took out the Big Bream prize for a 1.60kg fish tak­ing home $2100 for the win and $500 for big bream.

Sec­ond placed was War­ren Carter, of Vic­to­ria, with 10.74 and in third was Isaac Har­ris, of Tas­ma­nia, with a 10.450bag.

In the non-boater sec­tion the best an­glers were; in first Heath Krushka from Tas­ma­nia with 9.25kg.

Sec­ond was David Beer of WA with a 9.21kg bag and third went to Phil Nix of NSW with 8.53kg.

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