Club’s largest tournament on this weekend
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.