FISH­ER­MEN GAME FOR COM­PE­TI­TION

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - BRI­ANNA MOR­RIS-GRANT

HUN­DREDS of fish­er­men are pre­par­ing to take to the wa­ter this week­end as one of the Gold Coast’s big­gest game fish­ing com­pe­ti­tions be­gins.

The 2019 Light Tackle Masters will see up­wards of 30 boats head­ing off from South­port Yacht Club in the hunt for black mar­lin.

The com­pe­ti­tion is a “catch and re­lease” tour­na­ment, mean­ing rather than size, prizes are based on how many black mar­lin are caught, tagged and re­leased over two days.

Gold Coast Game Fish Club vice-pres­i­dent Mark Lil­ley said it was the thrill of the catch that had be­come a draw­card for most to the com­pe­ti­tion.

“They’re quite ex­cit­ing to catch, they jump around and play around a lot and there’s quite a few of them out there at the mo­ment,” he said.

The prizes range from fish­ing vouch­ers to an in­vi­ta­tion to the Off­shore World Cham­pi­onships in Costa Rica.

Pic­ture: STEVE HOL­LAND

Mark Lil­ley gets ready to catch some hard-fight­ing black mar­lin.

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