Club’s largest tour­na­ment on this week­end

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THE Whit­sun­day Game Fish Club’s largest tour­na­ment for 2013 is on this week­end. Fish­ing in the Ree­lax Sim­rad 2013 Light Tackle Game Fish Tour­na­ment starts to­mor­row, and con­di­tions are look­ing great for an ex­cit­ing week­end chas­ing the many game species that are found in the wa­ters of the Coral Sea.

Bill­fish, mack­erel, tuna, wa­hoo, GT’s and co­bia are some of the fish that can be tar­geted us­ing a 10kg line or less, ac­cord­ing to AA tour­na­ment rules.

Club pres­i­dent Ash War­land said there have been many re­ports of good size bill­fish and tuna about, and an­glers can look for­ward to the chal­lenge of try­ing to land some big fish.

The game fish club tour­na­ment has been go­ing for over 30 years and it is known for its fun and com­pet­i­tive at­mos­phere, with many an­glers from out of town re­turn­ing each year to com­pete. There are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories to com­pete in and some great prizes for the win­ners. All bill­fish must be tagged and re­leased, and to win the cham­pion boat cat­e­gory, at least one bill­fish catch must be recorded.

Brief­ing for the comp is tonight at the VMR, and fish­ing com­mences to­mor­row morn­ing, with a sail past at 6.30am and a shot gun start at 7am. Boats will then make their way out to the is­lands or reef and ei­ther stay out for the night or bring the fish in for a daily weigh-in, from 5-7pm on Fri­day and Satur­day and 2-4pm on Sun­day.

The pre­sen­ta­tion will take place at the VMR on Sun­day af­ter­noon, where win­ners for each of the cat­e­gories will be an­nounced.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the tour­na­ment, visit www.wgfc.com.au. To en­quire about be­com­ing a mem­ber of the game fish club to be el­i­gi­ble to com­pete, call Ash War­land on 0413 628 899.

PRIZE FISH: Rob Ellery (right) caught his first mar­lin out the back of Hay­man Is­land last week with Grant Shoe­bridge help­ing him to hold it. Mar­lin will be prime tar­gets in this week­end’s game fish­ing tour­na­ment.

MAS­SIVE MAR­LIN: Decky Paul Mo­ran (left) helped Bar­bara Dan­son and Ly­dia Bul­li­vant from Bris­bane hold up Bar­bara’s solid black mar­lin she caught and re­leased last week with Sea Fever. It is a great ex­am­ple of what to ex­pect when fish­ing in the Whit­sun­days.

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