Mackerel challenge a hit with anglers
TWENTY THREE boats carrying 59 anglers took to the water for the Whitsunday Game Fish Club’s inaugural Mackerel Challenge over the weekend.
The competition was open to everyone, and men, women and children tried their luck catching one of the Whitsundays’ favourite fish, from Friday night through to Sunday afternoon.
Nine mackerel were weighed in, while many others were caught and released, and not brought in for the weighin.
Denziel Harris was the overall winner, with a monster 24.9kg fish caught on Sunday off Hannah Point, North Molle Island. His wife, Aileen Harris, while not landing a mackerel, was recognized as the champion female angler with a marlin she tagged and released, weighing approximately 30kg.
Club president, Ash Warland said the competition was fantastic.
“There was a great rivalry between the anglers,” he said.
“It was the first time holding the event, and despite notso-good weather forecasts, the turnout was great and the event was a success.”
For information on the club’s next event visit the Whitsunday Game Fish Club’s Facebook page.
GOOD CATCH: Jackson Green with a small coral trout he caught while fishing the competition on Saturday.
CHAMP: Denziel Harris weighs-in the winning 24.9kg Spanish mackerel at the Whitsunday Game Fish Club's Mackerel Challenge. He caught the fish on Sunday off Hannah Point.
PROUD MOMENT: 4-year-old Zane Petty caught this 5.9kg Spanish mackerel off Hayman Island with a little help from his dad on Saturday.
WEIGH IN: Chris DeMarchi weighed-in this 9.9kg mackerel at the VMR during the Whitsunday Game Fishing Club's tournament on the weekend.
IMPRESSIVE: Josh Walkdon and Phillip Hines with their fish, a 21.25kg mackerel and a 19.75kg mackerel, after the Saturday weigh-in at the VMR.
BILLFISH: Aileen Harris tagged and released this marlin during the Mackerel Challenge. It weighed approximately 30kg.
FIRST BITE: New Whitsunday resident Jake Thompson caught his first mackerel off Hook Island in the weekend comp.