Whit­sun­day an­gler wins Cairns cham­pi­onship

Whitsunday Times - - REELIN’ IN -

LO­CAL an­gler Ross Martin has been busy rep­re­sent­ing the Whit­sun­days in some North Queens­land big­gest bill­fish com­pe­ti­tions in Au­gust.

He won the pres­ti­gious ti­tle of cham­pion se­nior an­gler in the Cairns Blue­wa­ter Bill­fish - Jack Ersk­ine Me­mo­rial that was held from 7-10 Au­gust.

A mem­ber of the Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club, Martin has been a keen fish­er­man for about 22 years, and spent eight years char­ter fish­ing in the top end.

He said con­di­tions were ideal in Cairns, where the boats moored off Fitzroy Is­land for the three day tour­na­ment.

His win­ning catch in­cluded tag­ging two black mar­lin and one sail­fish, all around the 18kg mark. The boat he was on, Blue Moon, was awarded sec­ond over­all cham­pion boat.

“It was good to win,” Martin said. “They’re re­ally com­pet­i­tive up there, but it’s still a lot of fun.”

He com­peted again last week­end in the 2013 Townsville Bill­fish Chal­lenge, where he skip­pered a 55ft ves­sel with some Townsville an­glers on­board. While the boat didn’t get a podium win, one of the fe­male crew mem­bers was awarded heav­i­est other game fish prize for a Span­ish mack­erel she caught.

Martin will be com­pet­ing in the Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club’s Light Tackle Game Fish Tour­na­ment from Oc­to­ber 3-6. While it’s only the sec­ond time he’s fished this comp, he hopes his years of ex­pe­ri­ence will help him pull out a few tricks to take out the lo­cal cham­pi­onship. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.wgfc.com.au.

CHAM­PION: Lo­cal an­gler Ross Martin was crowned the cham­pion male an­gler at the Cairns Blue­wa­ter Bill­fish Tour­na­ment.

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