Mack­erel chal­lenge a hit with an­glers

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

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.

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